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Yarborough Applegate & Clark Law Firm Obtain $1M Settlement in Civil Rights Case

Posted: February 4, 2016

Yarborough Applegate and Clark Law Firm recently obtained a $1M settlement for a wrongful death lawsuit in Florence, SC against the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs and the Pee Dee Regional Center.

Fantasia Franklin was a 21 year old, permanent resident of the Pee Dee Regional Center in Florence, South Carolina. The Pee Dee Regional Center is owned and operated by the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Fantasia suffered from autism, among other medical and mental health conditions, and became a resident of the Pee Dee Regional Center in 2003. In this lawsuit the Plaintiff alleged that on or about December 12, 2013 Fantasia was improperly restrained by employees of the Pee Dee Regional Center and as a result died from compressional and/or positional as asphyxia.

C.L.F. and Y.A. filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging violations of Fantasia’s federal civil rights on behalf of the Franklin family. There was a $1 Million liability insurance policy in place that covered all defendants. SCDDSN’s liability was capped at $600,000 due to governmental immunity, so the remaining $400,000 was paid on behalf of the SCDDSN employees who restrained her.

“Yarborough Applegate and Clark Law Firm have been working together for many years to help people whose civil rights have been violated and who have been catastrophically injured. Sharon and John Clark are among our closest friends and are two of the finest lawyers you could find in the State of South Carolina. We are always proud to be associated with them and were happy to assist in bringing closure to this tragic case” said David Yarborough.

Disclaimer: The settlements and verdicts shown here should not be considered as a description or characterization of the quality of the firm’s representation and in no way should be interpreted as a guarantee of a specific result or outcome of any particular case. As such, the reader should not rely on the cases below to develop any expectation regarding the value of his or her case.

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