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Personal injury lawsuit moves to state court

James Bagley filed a personal injury and property damage lawsuit in California State Court following a case that stemmed from the crash of a glider tow plane. His case was previously filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Southern California.

Bagley alleged the glider’s operator violated federal aviation regulations when he caused the plane to crash directly into the ground. He claimed the case should be tried in state court, because the federal court lacked jurisdiction over the case. The District Court approved the plaintiff’s motion to remand the case, noting the plaintiff did not “have a private federal remedy, because Congress did not include a federal cause of action for personal injury suits in the FAA [the Federal Aviation Act].”

Our personal injury attorneys at Ritter & Associates provide legal services for our clients in San Diego and other areas in California. We handle personal injury accident cases involving maritime law, motorcycle accidents, motor vehicle accidents, and wrongful death, among others. Call our offices today at (619) 296-0123 to learn more about your options.

Man sentenced to 20 years after running over police officer with squad car

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office has reported that William Frank Bogard, 25, has apologized to the police officer he hurt by running him over with his own police squad car back in January 2015.

Bogard, who was charged and convicted of a number of charges, was sentenced to 20 years and four months of imprisonment. His violations included two counts of murder with personal use of a deadly weapon and personal infliction of great bodily injury, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of residential burglary with a hot prowl allegation, theft of a police car, felony vandalism, and resisting an executive officer. Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said Bogard made a guilty plea to four strikes.

The police officer who was struck down by his own patrol car was identified as Officer Jeremy Swett. He was interviewing witnesses of a disturbance outside a house in the 3600 block of Main Street in Barrio Logan when Bogard ran him over with his own squad car. Bogard was fined $304,576.12 in restitution to the city of San Diego for Swett’s medical bills and for damage to the two squad cars.

Aside from being emotionally traumatized by a personal injury accident, a victim is also left to deal with extreme physical pain and financial problems brought on by the burden of having to shoulder expensive medical bills. If you have had the misfortune of being hurt in a personal injury accident in San Diego, do not hesitate to seek the legal help of our attorneys at Ritter & Associates by calling our offices today at (619) 296-0123.

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