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JUDGMENT OF MORE THAN $17 MILLION ENTERED IN TRAGIC DEATH OF LE YANG DUE TO DELAYED CITY OF LITTLE ROCK 911 RESPONSE

Published on Oct 19, 2017 at 8:18 pm in Little Rock 911.

The estate of Le Yang, who died at age 7 on January 19, 2015, from injuries suffered in a January 14, 2013, drowning incident following a delayed emergency response, has been awarded a judgment of $17,627,638.04 against Candance Middleton, the former City of Little Rock 911 call taker who mishandled the 911 call.
On January 14, 2013, Jinglei Yi, and her then five-year-old son Le Yang, were driving to Le’s preschool when her SUV hit a patch of black ice near the intersection of Capitol Hill Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue/Rushmore Avenue in Little Rock. Jinglei’s SUV left the roadway and ended up in a pond just south of Capitol Hill Boulevard. Jinglei called 911 and was told by Candace Middleton, a City of Little Rock 911 Call Taker, that help was on the way. Middleton dispatched MEMS to the scene. When MEMS arrived at the scene, it was discovered that Middleton had failed to dispatch police and fire department water rescue. Approximately 55 minutes passed from the time Jinglei called 911 until Le was pulled from the submerged SUV. Jinglei died later that morning. Le lived for two years before dying from his drowning related injuries.

McMath Woods Files Suit in Dicamba Litigation

Published on Sep 24, 2017 at 7:04 pm in Uncategorized.

McMath Woods is involved in Dicamba litigation.  Dicamba, a weedkiller manufactured by Monsanto, is close to being banned in Arkansas.

To learn more about Dicamba and its potential growing season ban in Arkansas, click here.

If your farm or crops have been damaged by Dicamba drift, please contact McMath Woods at (501) 224-7400.

Traffic Fatalities Increase Following Daylight Savings Time

Published on Mar 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm in Car Wrecks.

Researchers have concluded that sleep deprivation on the Monday following the shift to daylight savings time in the spring results in an increase in fatal car crashes.  Here’s a link to the researchers’ abstract.

McMath Woods encourages all motorists to remember the three D’s of deadly driving:  drunk, distracted, and drowsy.

Traffic Fatalities on the Rise in U.S., Arkansas, in part, because of Distracted Driving

Published on Feb 16, 2017 at 3:10 pm in Car Wrecks, Distracted Driving.

Yesterday, the National Safety Council estimated that as many as 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2016.  This estimate represents a 6% increase over 2015 and a 14% increase over 2014.

What’s causing the significant increase in fatalities?  People are driving more miles and more people are driving distracted.

Arkansas State Police report a similar increase in car crash fatalities between 2014 and 2016.

Here’s a link to the National Safety Council press release.

Here’s a link to an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article discussing national and state fatality numbers.

Arkansas Supreme Court Rules City Of Little Rock Not Immune In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Published on Feb 13, 2017 at 8:38 pm in Little Rock 911.

Last Thursday, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that the City of Little Rock was not immune in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by Dayong Yang, on behalf of his late son, Le Yang, who died after a botched 911 response.

McMath Woods attorneys Bruce McMath, Charles Harrison, and Carter Stein proudly represent Dayong Yang.

Click here for a link to the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision.

Click here for a link to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s coverage of the decision.

State Senator Will Bond Files Two Distracted Driving Bills in Arkansas Legislature

Published on Jan 31, 2017 at 5:18 pm in Distracted Driving.

State Senator Will Bond, a McMath Woods attorney, filed two bills last week aimed at curbing texting and driving.  Senator Bond stated: “We need to get folks’ attention and eyes back on the road.”

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette covered the filing of the bills in an article published Saturday, January 28, 2017.  Click here to read the article.

McMath Woods Attorney Argues 911 Death Case Before Arkansas Supreme Court

Published on Jan 20, 2017 at 6:23 pm in Uncategorized.

Yesterday, McMath Woods attorney Carter Stein participated in oral argument before the Arkansas Supreme Court on behalf of Dayong Yang, as special administrator of the estate of Le Yang, deceased.  Mr. Yang sued the City of Little Rock and MEMS for the drowning death of his son following a delayed 911 response and water rescue.

Here’s a link to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s coverage of the oral argument.

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