MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A Myrtle Beach construction worker who was paralyzed by a gunshot in 2008 received a $12 million verdict against the owners of the nightclub where the shooting occurred.
Richard Campbell was left paralyzed from the chest down after he was shot outside The Dog House in 2008, according to a media release from the law firm of Chappell, Smith & Arden.
The incident began as a fight inside the club, and "rather than protecting their patrons, employees forced the fight outside, where the shooting occurred," the release states.
"Our client is expected to face significant medical challenges for the rest of his life," said Hugh McAngus Jr, a partner in the firm and Campbell's lead attorney on the case.
The ruling specifies that the owners of The Dog House must pay $12 million to cover Campbell's medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, permanent injuries and disfigurement, disability, mental anguish, and loss in earnings.
"It was crucial that we not only determine what the immediate damages were and who was responsible, but also estimate what it would take to care for our client going forward," McAngus said. "We brought in experts who were able to help us calculate those figures, which we presented to the special referee."