South Carolina Family Settles Case Over DUI Crash Treatment for $550K

By | November 19, 2019

The family of a South Carolina man who was taken to jail instead of the hospital after a driving under the influence crash has been paid a $550,000 settlement.

Records from the state insurance fund obtained by WCSC-TV show the city of Charleston paid $475,000 and Charleston County paid $75,000 to Nathaniel Rhodes’ family.

An attorney says a police officer signed a form where Rhodes refused medical treatment after the August 2018 wreck.

Family attorney Justin Bamberg says the 58-year-old suffered eight broken ribs and a deep cut on his liver and died four days later.

Jail video from Rhodes’ arrest shows paramedics joking as he moans in pain. An officer asks him to sign a form but he doesn’t respond.

State agents investigated but no charges were filed.

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