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New Hanover County's insurance carrier settles jail death case

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THIS INFORMATION FROM A NEWS RELEASE SENT TO THE WWAY NEWSCHANNEL 3 NEWSROOM

WILMINGTON, NC (NHCGOV) -- The New Hanover County Attorney's Office has received a copy of the Release of All Claims and the Joint Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice in the Estate of Gary Rummer v. New Hanover County etal lawsuit. These documents are attached.

This litigation was a result of the death of Gary Rummer in January, 2003 following his incarceration in the New Hanover County Jail. The lawsuit was filed in December, 2003 alleging multiple claims and naming the county, Sheriff's department and multiple individuals as defendants.

Over the course of time, each defendant and each claim has been dismissed with the exception of a single claim of inadequate medical care by one deputy sheriff. This claim involving former Deputy Billy Hudson was scheduled for trial this week in Federal court.

New Hanover County's insurance carrier retained the law firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice to defend this lawsuit. The insurance company had exclusive authority over the disposition of this lawsuit and determined to finally and completely resolve this matter by payment of $325,000. The only sum paid by New Hanover County was the $10,000 insurance deductible early on in the litigation.

All other details of the resolution of this litigation can be found in the attached documents.

Attachment - Release of All Claims

Attachment - Joint Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice​

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PEYTON STRICKLAND.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE YOUNG MAN THAT WAS BEATEN UP? IT AMAZES ME HOW A YOUNG MAN CAN COME HERE AND BEAT SOMEONE UP, GET KILLED AND HIS FAMILY ENDS UP SUING FOR MILLONS OF DOLLARS AND RUIN A LOT OF PEOPLES LIFE. IF I WAS THE FELLOW BEATEN UP, I,D SUE THE STRICKLAND FAMILY AFTER THEIR LAWSUIT WAS SETTLED.

Notice

number 4 on the release. Each party is responsible for the payment of its attorney fees.

Don't expect the Estate to retain the majority of the settlement. Plaintive attorneys can be more hungry and aggressive in securing claim payments proceeds than the sharks off the coast.

Is this the last of the damages the taxpayers...

will pay for under Sid Causey...or will there be more. By damages, I'm referring to the $10k deductible the County has to pay...which ultimately comes from our pocket.

I think not

There is still pending legal action against UNCW for the campus police department having the audacity to go after a thief named peyton strickland. UNCW asked for help from the Sheriff's office in serving a warrant and a deputy shot and killed the thief, err I mean poor peyton.

Broaden your horizens

First, injured adult parties have 3 years from the date of the incident, which causes injury, to bring an action for damages.

Under 18, the party has 2 years from the date they become 18.

And once lawsuits are begun, they can take years to wend their way through the court system.

And at the end of the day, it's the blood sucking attorneys who profit most.

So there are still lawsuits possible.

In fact isn't the Strickland case still alive?

Second, the premiums for renewal coverage increase, often for years, when there are a series of claims like this. And availability of renewal coverage can diminish based upon lawsuits of this nature.

So no, payer, the light is not shining at the end of the tunnel.