Settlement reached in Lanese case; details unknown

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Settlement reached in Lanese case; details unknown

Bluffton resident brought suit against paramedics in 2008 beating
Published Wednesday, February 29, 2012   |  485 Words  |  

A lawsuit brought by Bluffton resident Brian Lanese alleging that two Beaufort County paramedics mishandled his treatment after he was brutally beaten in his backyard in 2008 has been settled out of court, according to court documents.

The sum and terms of the settlement have not been released.

The agreement, which must be worked out between Joel Bailey, Lanese's attorney, and Robert Achurch, who represents the county, is not yet in the county's possession, county attorney Josh Gruber said.

Once the county receives it, Gruber said, he would release the terms and answer further questions.

Attempts Wednesday to reach Bailey, Achurch, Lanese and his wife, Tracy, were unsuccessful.

The mediation took more than nine hours Feb. 14 and was "fully settled by consent judgment or voluntary dismissal," according to court filings.

In a Feb. 15 letter to Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen, who is presiding over the case, Achurch wrote he was "pleased" to tell her the suit would no longer need to go to trial in March.

The Laneses filed the lawsuit in October 2009, about a year after the attack that occurred while Brian Lanese grilled steaks with a friend. The Laneses sought up to $600,000 in damages, claiming paramedics Jeffrey Kneeling and Shayna Orsen botched the ambulance call. Lanese was hospitalized for a month.

Recent developments in the suit involved Lanese attorney Bailey, who was held in contempt of court by Mullen for allegedly violating a protective order.

Mullen ruled that Bailey disobeyed the order when he described in court filings the personnel records of the two paramedics and cited alleged disciplinary actions taken against them.

Mullen said she would not rule on possible sanctions against Bailey until the trial concluded.

No hearings related to the contempt of court charge have been scheduled yet, according to a law clerk for Mullen.

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