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Mark B. Stanley Weighs in on Columbiana Centre shooting and Florida judge approving $83 million settlement for victims’ families in Champlain Towers South collapse

Stanley Law GroupThe Columbiana Centre mall shooting that resulted in 12 injuries and the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Florida are classic premises liability cases. As a premises liability lawyer licensed in Florida and South Carolina, attorney Mark B. Stanley weighs in on each case, explains what premises liability means and gives a local example.

“I was shocked and saddened when I learned of the recent Columbiana Centre mall shooting. Gun violence and mass shootings have become far too common and continue to plague our community and society. We need more security in public venues and shopping malls to ensure the safety of the public,” says attorney, Mark B. Stanley of The Stanley Law Group.

Premises liability laws apply when an individual, known as a “business invitee”, is injured in a preventable accident at a place of business. This means that the laws apply not only at retail establishments like supermarkets, malls, shops, and restaurants, where business invitees visit only for a few hours, or even a few minutes, but also to places where paying guests stay for longer periods of time. Therefore, guests who are injured because of unsafe conditions at a hotel or vacation rental property have the right to seek damages in a premises liability lawsuit. Tenants in apartment buildings can also pursue claims against property management companies for premises liability if the direct cause of the injuries sustained in the incident was as a result of the unsafe conditions.

In the case of the Champlain Towers, a Florida judge approved an $83 million settlement for former condo owners and heirs of those killed last year when the Champlain Towers South residential building in Surfside, Florida partially collapsed. Nearly $50 million of the settlement would come from a payout from the condo association’s insurance carrier while the remaining $33 million would come from the sale of the property where the building once stood.

“This tragic incident is a classic case of negligence on behalf of the building’s management. The unfortunate part is we see this far too often where corners are cut to save a company money which results in the safety and lives of individuals being put in unnecessary peril,” says attorney Mark B. Stanley of The Stanley Law Group. “Just a few years ago we represented individuals in another tragic premises liability case in Columbia, SC where several victims died as the result of a gas leak in the Allen Benedict Court apartments despite several complaints of the odor of noxious fumes and gas. Those complaints were negligently handled, and the end result was catastrophic.”

Attorney Mark B. Stanley continues, “Safety should be paramount at every business establishment and safety concerns should always be reported and taken seriously. If you or a loved one has been injured while visiting a place of business or have lost a loved one due to the negligence of a business, be sure to file a report and contact an experienced premises liability lawyer to seek legal advice.”

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The Stanley Law Group Urges Anyone Impacted by Camp Lejeune Water Contamination to Speak Out

Stanley Law GroupThe United States government acknowledges that from 1953 to 1987, nearly one million veterans and civilians were potentially exposed to dangerous chemicals in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. In some areas, levels were approximately 400 times greater than what safety standards allowed.

The Stanley Law Group can help if you or a loved one was harmed by contaminated water at the North Carolina marine base. The health effects caused by the toxic chemicals in the water supply were significant. Many children and babies died under suspicious circumstances during that time period, while many others became seriously ill.

Service men and women, family members, workers, and even nearby residents may be eligible to file a claim for monetary compensation from the United States government. Recently, legislation was passed to allow victims exposed to the contaminated water between 1953 and 1987 to file claims. This new law extended the required deadline for filing claims in North Carolina.

Camp Lejeune was established in 1942 as a United States Military training facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina. It spans almost 250 square miles and has 14 miles of beaches between two deep water ports. It is used for marine training and amphibious assault training.

In 1982, the Marine Corps discovered specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the drinking water provided by two of the eight water treatment plants on base. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease estimated that PCE (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene) concentrations exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum contaminant level of 5 ppb in drinking water from the Tarawa Terrace water treatment plant from November 1957 – February 1987.

During this period, military service members and their families were exposed to toxic drinking water and bathing water at the military base. In addition to service members and their families, potential exposure to the toxic water may extend to government contractors and visitors who were present at the base. The most contaminated wells were shut down in February 1985, but serious adverse health effects occurred for a thirty-year period. It is estimated that close to one million people were poisoned by the toxic water.

The following types of cancer may have been caused by people who consumed, drank and/or bathed in the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Adult leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Breast cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Oral cancer
  • Tongue cancer
  • Tonsil cancer

There were several scientific studies to determine if the water at Camp Lejeune caused cancer in those exposed to toxic chemicals at the military base. The major studies concluded that contaminated water significantly increased the risk of cancer deaths and other chronic diseases.

In addition to cancer, the toxic water contaminants have been associated with several other serious medical conditions. Below are examples of other diagnoses for individuals present at Camp Lejeune:

Additionally, studies performed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have found that Parkinson’s Disease is a neurobehavioral effect that may be linked to the contaminated water at the marine base. Because Parkinson’s Disease is a slow onset disease that occurs over a period of years, that those recently diagnosed with the condition may be able to relate the diagnosis to the toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune. Additional studies are ongoing.

If you were exposed to contaminated toxic water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, you may benefit from speaking with a lawyer regarding your rights.

Contact The Stanley Law Group at (803) 799-4700 today or find out if you qualify here.

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The Stanley Law Group Wins Moped/Tractor Trailer Accident Case for $1.25 Million

Stanley Law GroupMr. A. Liles, a dedicated husband and father of 3 children, was driving his moped to work on N.C. Highway 24-27 when he was suddenly struck by a fully loaded tractor trailer. The force of the impact separated Mr. Liles’ body from the moped causing the moped to travel approximately 278 feet post-collision and dragging Mr. Liles’ body under the tires of the tractor and entrapping him underneath the tractor.

After striking Mr. Liles’ moped in the rear and separating his body from the moped, the driver of the tractor trailer subsequently hit the brakes of his commercial motor vehicle inducing approximately 265 feet of tire skid marks on the road.

Upon inspection of the tractor, our engineers found that all six (6) brakes on the tractor were out of alignment and out of adjustment at the time of the collision and were inadequate to control the movement and speed of the truck, a clear violation of the federal regulations.

Mr. Liles suffered catastrophic injuries from the accident, including injuries to his spine, pelvis and significant road rash injuries to his lower extremities.

The Stanley Law Group faced substantial legal obstacles with this case as, unlike South Carolina law, North Carolina law operates under the contributory negligence rule. The law of contributory negligence is a punitive “all or nothing” law which means that if an injured party is found to be 1% negligent in causing the collision, the injured party is completely barred from recovery. In this particular case, the trucking company and the truck driver could assert that Mr. Liles contributed to the accident in the slightest fashion which would be devastating to Mr. Liles’ right to recovery.

Despite this legal hurdle, attorney Mark B. Stanley of The Stanley Law Group demanded that the trucking company and the truck driver take responsibility for their negligent driving acts and their negligent maintenance of the truck involved in the collision. Mr. Stanley continued to prove his case and was able to successfully secure a settlement of $1.25 million for Mr. Liles and his family.

“The day after Mr. Liles’ accident, I drove to Charlotte, North Carolina to meet him and his wife at the hospital. I personally witnessed his substantial injuries and listened to him to tell me what he remembered from the accident. We had an immediate connection. From that moment on, this case became personal to me as he was a part of my family,” stated Mark B. Stanley

If you would like to contact The Stanley Law Group, visit stanleylawgroup.com or call 803-799-4700.

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The Stanley Law Group Wins Policy Limit Settlement of $1,000,000 for Cervical Fusion Case Despite COVID Obstacles

The Plaintiff contacted truck accident attorney Mark B. Stanley of The Stanley Law Group in Columbia, SC to help with his claim against the trucking company. The fact that if the case eventually went to trial, it would have been in a very conservative jurisdiction (Kershaw County, SC) was a potential hurdle for Mark. Also, the closure of the courts during the COVID crisis resulted in the insurance industry taking advantage of the situation by using stall tactics to force plaintiffs to accept minimal offers for a settlement in a time frame that might be considered reasonably timely. This has made it exceedingly difficult for personal injury attorneys to fairly resolve cases for personal injury victims whose injuries have resulted in their inability to work and are in desperate need of funds to pay medical bills, rent, and other expenses.

Despite these multiple complicating factors, The Stanley Law Group worked hard during this period to resolve cases fairly with numerous successes. Mark’s efforts resulted in timely settling Mr. Antonio’s truck accident case pre-suit for the policy limits of $1,000,000. When asked what persuaded the defense to meet his demand in this specific case, Mark replied, “It was a three-part issue. First, the illustrations and animations played a large roll in showing the insurance company adjuster exactly what injuries Mr. Antonio sustained and the treatment he underwent for those injuries. It allowed the insurance company adjuster to get a grasp as to the full extent of Mr. Antonio’s injuries. Second, we were able to successfully show the economic loss that Mr. Antonio incurred as a result of the injuries sustained in this crash. Third, our preparedness further persuaded the insurance adjuster to meet our demand. We prepared this case for trial from the beginning to put this case in a posture for a successful pre-suit resolution.”

Mark and MediVisuals worked together to adapt to COVID case-resolution techniques by developing illustrations and animations designed specifically for digital and remote presentations.

“Most people and potential jurors are visual learners. The visuals in this case played a significant role in depicting the injuries for the insurance adjuster to view. The visuals created for this particular case transformed the confusing scan slices into understandable life-like depictions of his injuries and the traumatic surgery that was required to address those injuries. The visuals also sent a message to the insurance adjuster as to our preparedness and made it clear that we were ready for trial before we had filed a lawsuit,” stated Mark B. Stanley, of The Stanley Law Group.

Spinal Injury

“The Stanley Law Group was very professional and very concerning throughout the handling of my case. I thank them for their professionalism and would recommend them to anyone,” stated Antonio M., plaintiff.

Below are some of the illustrations and animations Mark used to successfully resolve the case. Mark disclosed the images in a succinct manner that began with records and images from the medical record, then gradually revealed more and more detail. He first showed the adjuster the MRI report, then the MRI itself with the corresponding illustration, then the animation detailing the MRI findings. Similarly, Mark first showed the adjuster the operative report, then the illustrations of the procedure, and finally, the animation of the surgery.

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Mark B. Stanley Weighs in on Columbiana Centre shooting and Florida judge approving $83 million settlement for victims’ families in Champlain Towers South collapse

The Columbiana Centre mall shooting that resulted in 12 injuries and the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Florida are classic premises liability cases. As a premises liability lawyer licensed in Florida and South Carolina, attorney Mark B. Stanley weighs in on each case, explains what premises liability means and gives a local example.

“I was shocked and saddened when I learned of the recent Columbiana Centre mall shooting. Gun violence and mass shootings have become far too common and continue to plague our community and society. We need more security in public venues and shopping malls to ensure the safety of the public,” says attorney, Mark B. Stanley of The Stanley Law Group.

Premises liability laws apply when an individual, known as a “business invitee”, is injured in a preventable accident at a place of business. This means that the laws apply not only at retail establishments like supermarkets, malls, shops, and restaurants, where business invitees visit only for a few hours, or even a few minutes, but also to places where paying guests stay for longer periods of time. Therefore, guests who are injured because of unsafe conditions at a hotel or vacation rental property have the right to seek damages in a premises liability lawsuit. Tenants in apartment buildings can also pursue claims against property management companies for premises liability if the direct cause of the injuries sustained in the incident was as a result of the unsafe conditions.

In the case of the Champlain Towers, a Florida judge approved an $83 million settlement for former condo owners and heirs of those killed last year when the Champlain Towers South residential building in Surfside, Florida partially collapsed. Nearly $50 million of the settlement would come from a payout from the condo association’s insurance carrier while the remaining $33 million would come from the sale of the property where the building once stood.

“This tragic incident is a classic case of negligence on behalf of the building’s management. The unfortunate part is we see this far too often where corners are cut to save a company money which results in the safety and lives of individuals being put in unnecessary peril,” says attorney Mark B. Stanley of The Stanley Law Group. “Just a few years ago we represented individuals in another tragic premises liability case in Columbia, SC where several victims died as the result of a gas leak in the Allen Benedict Court apartments despite several complaints of the odor of noxious fumes and gas. Those complaints were negligently handled, and the end result was catastrophic.”

Attorney Mark B. Stanley continues, “Safety should be paramount at every business establishment and safety concerns should always be reported and taken seriously. If you or a loved one has been injured while visiting a place of business or have lost a loved one due to the negligence of a business, be sure to file a report and contact an experienced premises liability lawyer to seek legal advice.”

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Mark B. Stanley Weighs in on Columbiana Centre shooting and Florida judge approving $83 million settlement for victims’ families in Champlain Towers South collapse

The Columbiana Centre mall shooting that resulted in 12 injuries and the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Florida are classic premises liability cases. As a premises liability lawyer licensed in Florida and South Carolina, attorney Mark B. Stanley weighs in on each case, explains what premises liability means and gives a local example.

“I was shocked and saddened when I learned of the recent Columbiana Centre mall shooting. Gun violence and mass shootings have become far too common and continue to plague our community and society. We need more security in public venues and shopping malls to ensure the safety of the public,” says attorney, Mark B. Stanley of The Stanley Law Group.

Premises liability laws apply when an individual, known as a “business invitee”, is injured in a preventable accident at a place of business. This means that the laws apply not only at retail establishments like supermarkets, malls, shops, and restaurants, where business invitees visit only for a few hours, or even a few minutes, but also to places where paying guests stay for longer periods of time. Therefore, guests who are injured because of unsafe conditions at a hotel or vacation rental property have the right to seek damages in a premises liability lawsuit. Tenants in apartment buildings can also pursue claims against property management companies for premises liability if the direct cause of the injuries sustained in the incident was as a result of the unsafe conditions.

In the case of the Champlain Towers, a Florida judge approved an $83 million settlement for former condo owners and heirs of those killed last year when the Champlain Towers South residential building in Surfside, Florida partially collapsed. Nearly $50 million of the settlement would come from a payout from the condo association’s insurance carrier while the remaining $33 million would come from the sale of the property where the building once stood.

“This tragic incident is a classic case of negligence on behalf of the building’s management. The unfortunate part is we see this far too often where corners are cut to save a company money which results in the safety and lives of individuals being put in unnecessary peril,” says attorney Mark B. Stanley of The Stanley Law Group. “Just a few years ago we represented individuals in another tragic premises liability case in Columbia, SC where several victims died as the result of a gas leak in the Allen Benedict Court apartments despite several complaints of the odor of noxious fumes and gas. Those complaints were negligently handled, and the end result was catastrophic.”

Attorney Mark B. Stanley continues, “Safety should be paramount at every business establishment and safety concerns should always be reported and taken seriously. If you or a loved one has been injured while visiting a place of business or have lost a loved one due to the negligence of a business, be sure to file a report and contact an experienced premises liability lawyer to seek legal advice.’’

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The Stanley Law Group Partners with Toliver’s Mane Event to Giveaway 200 Thanksgiving Turkeys

The Stanley Law Group aims to help marginalized communities that have been impacted by COVID-19 with a drive-thru turkey giveaway.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina, October 19, 2021 – The Stanley Law Group announces it will donate 200 frozen turkeys, alongside Toliver’s Mane Event Barbershop, to families in Richland County, South Carolina in time for Thanksgiving. This donation is a part of The Stanley Law Group’s ongoing mission to help build stronger communities.

As a part of this effort, The Stanley Law Group is organizing a drive-thru Turkey Giveaway at Toliver’s Mane Event Barbershop located at 6102 N. Main St. Columbia, SC 29203 on November 17th at 12:00PM. COVID -19 precautions will be taken. Masks will be required, and all attendees are encouraged to stay in their vehicles unless they do not have a vehicle.

Giving away turkeys is especially important for Richland County’s most vulnerable residents after two years of devastating losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Feeding America, a non-profit national network of food banks, 1 in 8 people may experience food insecurity in 2021. Many people who have been most impacted by the pandemic were at risk of food insecurity before COVID-19 and are facing greater hardship since COVID-19.

“The Stanley Law Group is committed to giving back to the community and helping its neighbors during times of need,” said Mark B. Stanley, ESQ Co-Owner of The Stanley Law Group. This donation of 200 frozen turkeys is a practical way to assist families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.”

About The Stanley Law Group

The Stanley Law Group was established over 30 years ago and is comprised of a group of attorneys who have more than 80 years of combined legal experience along with a staff that prides themselves on being honest, aggressive, competent, and dependable. With a proven track record of success, The Stanley Law Group handles catastrophic injury cases, including injuries resulting from auto accidents, tractor trailer accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice and wrongful death.

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Attorney Mark B. Stanley Named to Million Dollar Advocates Forum

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is pleased to announce that Attorney Mark B. Stanley of Columbia, South Carolina has been certified as a member.

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 7800 members located throughout the country. Fewer than 1 % of U.S. lawyers are members. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases. Members must have acted as principal counsel in a at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more.

Mr. Stanley is a graduate of Florida A&M University, College of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree, Licensed in South Carolina and Florida and practices personal injury law.

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