Officer Shot While Responding to Domestic Dispute Call in Myrtle Beach

Police Chief J. Phillip Webster reported that one of his officers is currently recovering from a gunshot wound to the foot that he sustained when a suspect fired upon him. The wounded officer is one of three who responded to an emergency call that sent them to Bellamy Rd. near U.S. Hwy. 17 and Newport Drive. As soon as they arrived on the scene, the suspect opened fire. The responding officers returned fire.

AR-140929717According to police reports, the shooter was Earnail Michael Godold, age 52, who lives in North Myrtle Beach. After firing on the officers, Godbold jumped into a pick-up truck and started driving down Hwy. 17. Police were able to stop him near 8th Ave. N. They promptly arrested him. He was brought to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm by prohibited person, domestic violence first degree, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and assault and battery first degree have been filed against him.

Reports also indicate that the bullet that struck the officer in the foot was in fact fired from the suspect’s gun.

North Myrtle Beach Public Information Officer Pat Dowling told members of the press that the reason for the initial call was a domestic dispute. They state that when they arrived on the scene, two women, Godbold’s wife and daughter, came out of the house to meet the officers before Godbold started firing. Dowling stated that Godbold may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

1412004737000-phxdc5-6h8637kg6j71ckesxedu-originalWhen the police department took steps to secure the gun Godbold was using when their fellow officer was shot, they also seized some of his property which they brought to the Horry County Police Department. Once the proper warrants had been issued, officers inspected the personal property they’d collected and discovered that some of it maybe explosive. The police department was vacated.

“A temporary restriction of movement at the rear of HCPD property and employees were advised to stay away from that area,” explains Lt. Denis.

Bomb Squad Technicians were able to work on the devices, eliminating the potential of them detonating, and making it safe for everyone to return to the police station.

1451160973841“This is a scary story that could have had a far worse ending,” said Joseph Sandefur, managing partner of a top personal injury firm with an office headquartered in Myrtle Beach. “I’m grateful that no one was hurt worse during the altercation. I urge anyone who has been caught in a similar situation and was injured to seek legal counsel.”

According to, even if criminal charges weren’t filed against a person who you feel was responsible for you sustaining an injury, you may still have ground to file a personal injury lawsuit against them which would make it possible for you to recoup your medical bills and lost wages. If awarded a settlement, you’ll likely also get additional money for the pain and suffering you endured.



Florida Gas Station Attendant Injured by Work Safe

When an employee at Seems Shell Gas Station reached into the safe, he never dreamt that he would become so badly injured he’d require medical care, yet that’s exactly what happened. The awkward angle the man’s hand made it impossible for him to extract it. Eventually the Lauderhill Fire Rescue crew was called in to assist.


It was 4:45 pm, nearly two hours after the employee initially got stuck, before the fire rescue team was able to free his arm and made sure he was sent to the hospital for treatment.


“During the time that we were trying to get him out, he was in excruciating pain,” Div. Chief Jeff Levy said. “We had to give him medication. The doctors from the emergency room gave us orders to give him some medication to try to dull the pain, but it didn’t help. He was in a lot of pain.”

imageWhen his co-workers were interviewed, they admitted that the safe had been difficult to use, but this was the first time anyone had become stuck while trying to place money inside of it.

“It sounds as if this young man has amble grounds to file a personal injury case against his employer, and possibly even the safe maker,” personal injury attorney Joe and Martin said when he learned about the case.

Employers have a responsibility to keep both their customers and their employees as safe as possible, which includes making sure that all of the equipment their employees come into contact can be safely handled. In this situation, as soon as it was obvious that the safe was becoming difficult to use, it should have been replaced. Most company wants to gain as much profit as they can regardless of anything, but safety should come first before any profit.

Since the injury took place during working hours while using a piece of work property to perform a work related task, the employer is legally required to make sure that the employees medical bills related to the safe injury are paid and will also have to compensate for any loss wages.

It’s up to the employee to decide if he would also like to sue his employer for the pain and suffering he had to endure while he was trapped in the safe. If he decides to do so, he will want to consult with a personal injury lawyer such as Joe and Martin and discuss the legal options available to him.


If the personal injury lawyer decides that there’s grounds for a case, they’ll launch an investigation that will help determine exactly how negligent the boy’s employers were and also whether the safe was a defective design, which would allow the boy to name the safe maker as a co-defendant in the case.

Once the personal injury claim is filed, the case enters the negotiation phase of the civil court process. During this time the boy’s personal injury lawyer will meet with the insurance companies that represent the defendants and the terms of a settlement will be discussed. According to South Carolina law firm, most of these types of cases are settled outside of court.






Family Awarded $5 Million Settlement in Medical Malpractice Case

A jury who sat through a Montgomery County medical malpractice case awarded the plaintiff, the family of Marvin Summerford, an elderly man who passed away from an improperly placed feeding tube, $5 million in their lawsuit against Abington Memorial Hospital. During the trial, the Summerford family was represented by Kline & Specter of California.

Just before his 89th birthday, Marvin Summerford was moved from his nursing home room to Abington Memorial Hospital because he had started losing consciousness. A feeding tube was inserted to help feed the elderly patient, but during one of his waking moments, Summerford removed the tube. Hospital staff immediately took steps to reinsert the feeding tube.

It wasn’t until x-rays where taken that the medical team discovered that they’d not inserted the tube through the esophagus into Summerford’s stomach. Instead, the tube had been worked down the trachea and into his left lung. At this point, Summerford had been receiving his feeding solution via the tube for 12 hours, during which time it had been filling up his lung cavity, essentially drowning him.

The staff worked hard to resuscitate Summerford but in the end they called his death. The personal injury attorney hired by the family, Michael A. Trunk bluntly explained the process. “Marvin Summerford’s lung was pumped full of feeding solution, in essence slowly drowning him while he was fully conscious and his arms were restrained.” Attorney Drew Warren a member of California’s top personal injury firm has seen too many cases like this one. “You go to the hospital with the idea that they’re going to help you, but sometimes things don’t go the way they should and the result is a potentially fatal personal injury.”

Personal injuries as a result of medical malpractice and mistakes are more common than you realize. A group of researchers connected to Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study that revealed that out of every 1,400 personal injury cases connected to hospital negligence or medical malpractice, 80% of the cases resulted in serious injury or death.

When the patient doesn’t survive, it’s up to the family to file the personal injury lawsuit for them. When you meet with a California wrongful death attorney, you’ll learn whether or not your case is strong enough to prove that the hospital staff either failed to pay adequate attention to their patient, or they made a mistake the resulting in the patient’s injury/death. Most people enough to begin mounting a case if they’re able to prove that they’re medical condition took a turn for the worse after the patient was admitted to the emergency room.

Cases like Marvin Summerford prove that hospitals aren’t infallible.  Someone should have realized that something was wrong with the feeding tube sooner and immediately ordered the x-rays. Had they done so, the tube would have been removed and Marvin Summerford may have enjoyed a great deal more life.

The family will use the jury awarded settlement to pay Summerford’s medical bills and to help them cope with the loss of the family patriarch.


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