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Latest news for Merriman Legal, LLC:
- Hospital Fails to Preserve Veteran’s Body for Open-Casket Services
- Father and Son Killed by National Guard Humvee
- Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Following Tragic Death of 4-Year-Old Girl
- Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Woman Viciously Attacked by Dog in Driveway
- Shocking Highway Accident Caught on Camera
- Pedestrian Survives Car Accident Caused by Driver on Wrong Side of Road
- Cleveland Woman Breaks Ankle on Unsafe Sidewalk
- Vape Device Explodes, Almost Kills Man
- University Hospitals Fertility Clinic Tragedy
- The Pentagon’s Dirty Secret: Tom Merriman’s Human Trafficking Investigation
- PBS Profile of Cleveland Investigative Reporter Tom Merriman
Merriman Legal is representing the family of Army Sgt. 1st Class (ret.) Robert Wornstaff in a lawsuit against an Ohio hospital, after the hospital failed to properly refrigerate Wornstaff’s body and allowed his body to decompose beyond recognition. Shawnna Wornstaff and her two children had hoped to honor Robert’s wishes of having an open-casket wake and funeral with Robert’s body dressed in his U.S. Army uniform.
Robert had been involved in a lawnmower accident in which he was pinned under shallow water and later found face down in the water with no signs of life. He was transported to Aultman Hospital, resuscitated, and put on life support while he remained unconscious with an anoxic brain injury. Ultimately, Robert was removed from life support and pronounced dead from his sudden and unexpected accident.
Shawnna did not learn of Aultman Hospital’s mishandling of Robert’s body until she was notified by the coroner’s office that an open-casket wake and funeral would not be possible because Robert’s body was too decomposed. Instead of treating Robert’s body with dignity and respect, Aultman Hospital caused Shawnna and her two children extreme emotional distress during a time when the whole family was already in an emotionally fragile state – and prevented the family from getting any kind of closure after Robert’s death. Merriman Legal is helping Robert’s family hold Aultman Hospital accountable for its reckless and negligent actions by demanding the family receive compensation for severe emotional distress, psychological injury, medical bills, physical and emotional pain, suffering, economic and non-economic damages, as well as punitive damages.
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A family is looking for answers after an Ohio Army National Guard Humvee hit a father and his 6-year-old son head-on in a rainstorm, killing them both. Attorney Tom Merriman has filed a lawsuit seeking over $19,000,000 in damages for the family of Bryan Bargar.
Merriman says the lawsuit seeks damages for both Mr. Bargar’s Wrongful Death and for Mr. Bargar’s conscious pain and suffering. “The tragic thing about this case is Bryan Bargar was conscious for 37 minutes. He gets slammed by this military Humvee. He’s pinned. He’s awake and conscious. The second part of our lawsuit is the pain and suffering he went through in the final minutes of his death,” Attorney Merriman told WEWS News 5.
Merriman told the news channel the U.S. Army National Guard is responsible because Private First-Class Jeremy Taylor was sleep deprived and had been awake for at least 15 straight hours before he crashed into Bargar’s Kia head-on.
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Attorney Hannah Klang, of Merriman Legal, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Mickhal Garrett, the biological father of Aniya Day-Garrett, who was four years old when she died in March 2018 from physical abuse, neglect, and malnourishment at the hands of her mother and her mother’s boyfriend. The lawsuit alleges that the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Families and two local day care centers ignored numerous reports and red flags indicating Aniya was in danger before she suffered a brutal, excruciating, and avoidable death.
Aniya’s mother, Sierra Day, and her mother’s boyfriend, Deonte Lewis, have since been convicted of aggravated murder and sentenced to life in prison. Aniya, who died from a blunt force trauma-induced stroke, was discovered with bruises and abrasions all over her body and only weighed 29 pounds at the time of her death.
“Unfortunately, when [the abuse] was reported, even when police reported, when Mickhal Garrett reported, Sierra Day’s own sister reported, DCFS didn’t do anything," Attorney Klang told News 5 Cleveland. "They kept her in that home with Sierra Day when she was lying in her death bed. It’s terrible; the details of Aniya’s death are horrific. It is so important that we get the complete story though because we don’t have it. We have bits and pieces of what DCFS did and what the daycares did but we don’t have the full story. That’s the goal of the lawsuit."
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Attorney Tom Merriman has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Ohio woman who was viciously attacked by a neighbor’s dog in her own driveway. On Dec. 4, 2018, Desiray Westbrook arrived home and began exiting her vehicle in her driveway. Her neighbor’s dog, a Cane Corso, entered the property and approached Ms. Westbrook, showing no signs of aggression. Ms. Westbrook began petting the dog when without warning, the dog suddenly attacked her, biting off a large section of her lower lip and repeatedly biting her head, face, and hand. Ms. Westbrook sustained significant injuries from the attack, including substantial disfigurement of her face. On behalf of Ms. Westbrook, Attorney Merriman is seeking compensation for serious bodily injuries, pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses now and into the future, personal property losses and expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages.
A 24-year-old man is lucky he escaped alive after a shocking highway accident caught on camera. It wasn't caused by another driver - but by a tow truck driver who was called to the scene to help him.
It all started with a minor fender bender on Interstate 90, near the Interstate 71 split, during rush hour. A tow truck operator can be seen in the video preparing to tow the car when, without warning, the car is lifted up and flipped over onto its hood and into the freeway lane ─ all with the driver still inside.
Attorney Tom Merriman is representing the victim and is calling for a serious investigation into what happened.
“We’re lucky this wasn’t a fatality,” Merriman told Fox 8 Cleveland. “We’re lucky this wasn’t a multi-car crash caused by this car being dropped into traffic; someone needs to look at this.”
In a follow up article, Fox 8 Cleveland reported the tow truck is part of ODOT’s “Good Samaritan Safety Patrol Program.”
“ODOT needs to investigate,” Attorney Tom Merriman told Fox 8 Cleveland. “The bottom line is those drivers need to be retrained and whoever’s supervising them needs to be questioned about what methods are you using to make sure their tow truck drivers, they’re out there and not putting the public at risk.”
A 63-year-old woman miraculously survived a horrific car accident caused by a Euclid, Ohio driver who was driving the wrong way, T-boned another vehicle and crashed into the woman waiting for a bus.
Margaret Hardaway is the pedestrian who was injured in the accident and is represented by attorney Tom Merriman. In an interview with Fox 8 News in April, Hardaway thanked the police officer who saw the accident and immediately came to her rescue after the crash.
Hardaway has not been able to walk since she was struck by the vehicle. She sustained several broken bones and numerous injuries in the accident. She spent several weeks in a hospital and is now in a rehabilitation facility.
On a dash cam video of the accident, the brake lights on the car that caused the accident appear to be on the vehicle that raced through a red light and caused the crash.
"You see the brake light on that car and that for me, as an investigator, that's the smoking gun," Merriman said in an interview in March with Fox 8 News. "Those brake lights are on and the car appears to be gaining speed."
"Her life changed in an instant," Merriman said. "She is now in a situation where she is not going to be able to work. Her last paycheck runs out in a week."
A woman who was walking back from a Cleveland Indians baseball game suffered a broken ankle and injured her knee and hand when she fell due to a sizable break in a sidewalk on East 9th Street near Bolivar Road ─ right in front of the 900 Prospect parking garage in downtown Cleveland. To make matters worse, a Google street view of the sidewalk shows an orange cone had been placed near the hazard in September 2016, though no such warning was present when Dena Katch tripped and fell.
"Any defects that they know about, they have to maintain,” Attorney Ladi Williams, of Merriman Legal, told News 5 Cleveland. “The orange cone shows a level of knowledge. Somebody put it there. It didn't get there by itself."
A study released last year showed more than 2,000 visits to U.S. emergency rooms from 2015-2017 for e-cigarette burns and explosion-related injuries. Attorney Tom Merriman is representing one man who nearly died from an exploding vape device battery.
"The pain, I never felt before," Nader Harb told WKYC. "I mean, I got cut by machines, I got run over by a car, I've never seen pain like this."
In March 2018, University Hospitals of Cleveland disclosed that over 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos stored at the UH’s Fertility Clinic are no longer viable. After news broke, nearly 300 victims who lost eggs or embryos retained Tom Merriman and his team to get them justice.
Just after 9/11, the natural reaction of Americans was to support the troops, but that shouldn’t prevent scrutiny of abuses being committed by American soldiers stationed abroad. The FOX-owned television station in Cleveland, WJW-TV, ran a very disturbing story by investigative journalist Tom Merriman on a human trafficking operation stretching from South Korea to the U.S.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, former Deputy Ohio Attorney General, and national award-winning investigative journalist, Tom Merriman brings a unique set of skills to his work as a personal injury attorney. This profile features his work as an investigative reporter for FOX8 in Cleveland.