Veteran Settles North Carolina Personal Injury Lawsuit with Cab Driver Over Stabbing

May 4, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

A North Carolina personal injury settlement has been reached between a US army veteran and the taxicab driver who stabbed him. The incident between James Gregory Swafford and cab driver Gaston Leigh Watlington occurred on September 6, 2009.

According to Swafford’s Winston-Salem, North Carolina injury lawsuit, the cab driver, whose drunk and disruptive girlfriend was seated in the front passenger seat, drove him around for over an hour. When Swafford realized that the taxi driver wasn’t taking him home, he got into an argument with Watlington and that was when the latter stabbed him several times. During the altercation, Swafford sustained injuries to his neck, shoulders, back, hands, face, nose, and ribs. He also suffered internal injuries, two collapsed lungs, aand experienced severe bleeding.

The plaintiff says that the two companies that employed Watlington,
Wilco Transportation Co. and Willard’s Cab Co. Inc.—they are also defendants named in this case—did not do a proper check of Watlington’s driving and criminal records, which include drug charges and convictions.

Swafford would go on to plead guilty to assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was given a suspended sentence of up to three years and one month, supervised probation of 30 months, and 90 days in the Forsyth County jail.

North Carolina Personal Injury
If you got hurt because someone else purposely hurt you, you could hold her/him liable in civil court by filing a North Carolina personal injury lawsuit. The proceedings and outcome of your case would be separate from any criminal case against your assailant.

Lawsuit filed by man stabbed by cab driver settled, Winston-Salem Journal, April 29, 2011

Types of Personal Injury Damages, Justia

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