Evans Moore, LLC is excited to announce that it will be giving away free Thanksgiving turkeys to those in need. Our goal is to feed 100 families this year. If you know of anyone in the Georgetown area in need – please contact us by Friday, November 18th via Facebook or by calling our office at (843) 995-5000 to reserve your gobbler. Reservations will be honored first.
We are planning to pass out the turkeys on Tuesday November 22 between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM at our office located at 121 Screven Street, Georgetown.
Please spread the word.
A jury in Horry County, South Carolina has awarded $1.5 million in actual damages on Thursday, October 20, 2016 to the Estate of Christopher Douton. Christopher Douton was a 41 year-old project engineer with S&ME, Inc. in Conway, South Carolina. On Friday, January 11, 2013, Douton returned to his Conway office to process soil samples from the Highway 701 Bridge Project where Douton was working as a soil and materials engineer. At about 4:30 p.m., Douton notified his co-workers that his left leg had suddenly gone numb and that he was experiencing excruciating pain.
Douton was taken by EMS to the Conway Medical Center where he was seen by emergency room physician Amanda Battisti, DO. Despite reporting 10/10 pain and numbness in this left leg to the triage nurse, Dr. Battisti characterized Douton’s symptoms as moderate. Douton received only minimal testing, and was discharged with a diagnosis of a pinched nerve and leg pain. Douton was directed to follow up with an orthopedist after the weekend.
Douton returned home where he attempted to follow his discharge instructions. On the following afternoon, Douton’s pain and numbness in his left leg progressed to total numbness, and he was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. It was immediately determined that Douton’s left leg was ischemic — or in the process of dying — as a result of an interruption to the blood flow. Medical personnel attempted to transfer Douton to both Duke and MUSC via helicopter, but heavy fog prevented flight. Douton was sent to MUSC via ambulance, but died en route.
Douton’s Estate provided expert testimony that simple and inexpensive testing would have led to a proper diagnosis had Douton been properly evaluated at Conway Medical Center. Although Douton was charged over $1,400 for his evaluation, a simple blood panel costing approximately $16.00 would have detected his life-threatening condition. Douton’s Estate also provided testimony of two surgeons that he would have had a 90% or greater chance of survival had he been properly diagnosed on Friday night.
The jury’s verdict was rendered against Conway Emergency Group, LLP, the for-profit medical group which is hired by Conway Medical Center (a non-profit hospital) to provide staffing services within the emergency department.
Scott C. Evans, one of the lawyers representing the estate, stated “Although the Defendant had skilled counsel who provided an excellent defense in a very complex case, I think the jury knew that the Defendant did not take this case seriously. The jury sacrificed a considerable amount of personal time to consider this complex case at a time in which many people in Horry County are trying to put their homes and their daily routines back together. However, not a single current employee, owner, or representative of Conway Emergency Group bothered to set foot in the courtroom at any point during the trial.”
The Estate of Christopher Douton was represented by Scott C. Evans and James B. Moore III of the Evans Moore Law Firm in Georgetown, South Carolina, and Jeffrey C. Chandler of the Chandler Law Firm in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Conway Emergency Group was represented by Jack B. McCutcheon and Ashley Gwin of the Thompson & Henry Law Firm in Conway.
Evans Moore is proud to financially assist the nutritional needs of 2 Haitian Children by and through Christian Haitian American Partnership (CHAP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the people in Haiti.
One of the leading causes of death in Haitian children is malnutrition. CHAP financially supports the Lespwa Timoun Clinic and its nutritional program. The children in the nutritional program are weighed and carefully monitored, and their parents are educated on proper nutrition. Countless lives have been saved through the Lespwa Timoun clinic, and the results are nothing short of miraculous. Once the children are healthy, many are given scholarships that allow them to attend school in one of the four schools run by the Episcopal Church in Saint Simeon Parish.
On August 4, 2016, Chick-fil-A of North Mt Pleasant will be hosting the first annual Hope for Haiti 5K on behalf of CHAP. For more information, please visit the website at https://give.everydayhero.com/us/hope-for-haiti-5k
Attorneys Scott C. Evans and James “Boo” Moore III of Evans Moore, LLC were recently named 2016 Super Lawyer’s “Rising Stars,” a list of the top up-and-coming lawyers in South Carolina.
Super Lawyers is a Thomas Reuters rating service that ranks outstanding lawyers in more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. The annual service selections are made using a rigorous, multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer-reviews by practice areas.
On September 11, 2015, Evans Moore, on behalf of the guardian and grandmother of a seven year old child, filed suit in Florence County against the South Carolina Department of Social Service (“DSS”). The Complaint alleges the minor child, who was between the ages of three and four during the time period in question, was subjected to repeated physical and sexual assaults while under the care of the DSS.
The grandmother, and now legal guardian, contacted DSS on multiple occasions with concerns about the child’s safety and well-being. Specifically, she informed the DSS caseworkers assigned to the child’s case that he was living in filth, with no heat or running water, and with eight known drug abusers with drug convictions and/or pending drug charges in Florence County. Although DSS assured her that it had an active case file, the Complaint alleges that no attempts were made to investigate the situation or to remove the minor child from the abusive environment.
After multiple calls to DSS, Florence County Sheriff’s Department, and City of Florence Police Department, the minor’s case was assigned to a third caseworker who reassessed the allegations. It was determined in short order by the replacement caseworker that the minor child had been the victim of neglect, physical abuse, and sexual assault. The neglect, physical abuse, and sexual assault occurred between May of 2011 and August of 2011, the time period that the minor’s grandmother, and now guardian, was actively reporting the abuse to DSS and pleading for its intervention. The child was immediately removed from the household and has since been under the care of multiple medical providers and counselors. On July 9, 2012, the grandmother was granted custody of minor child by the Family Court for Florence County, South Carolina.
The attorneys of Evans Moore are proud to stand up and fight on behalf of those who are unable to defend themselves. If you would like more information on this case or if we can be of any assistance to you, please contact us at (843) 995-5000.
Scott C. Evans and James B. Moore III announce the Grand Opening of Evans Moore, LLC on June 1, 2015. Scott Evans and James Moore began litigating cases as a team in 2010. Since that point, Scott Evans and James Moore have litigated a unique group of cases that have led to such things as the invalidation of a South Carolina city ordinance pursuant to the United States Constitution, the successful argument a Fourth Circuit Appeal held before the entire University of South Carolina School of Law, and the successful resolution of a civil rights case that was followed by the national media. Evans Moore, LLC was founded to continue the tradition of working as a team to serve residents and businesses throughout the state of South Carolina.