Augusta Richmond County faces multiple lawsuits because of an incident that happened at Fleming Park last fall. In October 2018, one child died and others were injured by a ballpark fence that was charged with electricity.
At least 5 families sent the city ante litem notices, which is a legal document that puts the city on notice of intent to sue.
On April 12, the lawyer representing Melquan Robinson Jr.’s family sent the city a notice of intent to sue for $5 million for his death.
Attorney Mark Williamson of Burnside Law Firm represents three families who say their children sustained electrocution injuries at Fleming Park. On November 12, 2018, Williamson put Augusta Richmond County on notice of their intent to sue.
Williamson represents Trayquan Berry and his father Fancisco Berry. He also represents the families of two more minors, Namon Brackins and Damien Patrick.
The notices sent from Williamson on behalf of the Berrys, Namon Brackins and Damien Patrick do not list a dollar amount, but they do mention medical bills, pain and suffering, personal injuries, emotional distress, permanent disability and other damages. The documents claim their injuries were caused by and were the direct result of acts or omissions of employees of Augusta Richmond County.
David Sette is another one of the children who suffered electrocution injuries the same night Melquan Robinson Jr. died.
Attorney Nick Moraitakis of Moraitakis & Kushel represents the Sette family. On April 2, Moraitakis put the city on notice of the Sette family’s intent to sue. His notice lists the injuries that put David in the hospital for multiple days– loss of consciousness, inability to move extremities, exposure to electrical current and acute stress because of what happened. His family seeks $500,000 in damages to cover past and future medical expenses and other costs related to the incident.
The lawyer representing Melquan’s family, Rob Register from Beasley Allen Law Firm, says there is open communication between all the lawyers representing the families affected.
“We have all collaborated together so that we can present to the city the claims that we have and it’s up to the city how they would like to address those,” Register says.
Multiple commissioners tell NewsChannel 6 they had not seen all of the ante litem notices until we showed them. The commissioners did see notices sent from Melquan Robinson’s family since it was sent directly to the commissioners as well as city staff. Commissioners tell NewsChannel 6 they had not seen the other notices sent in November and early April.
Commissioners and other city leaders meet for a legal session Tuesday, April 30.