On the night of October 7th, 1909, Rebecca Sallee was walking to church with her daughter, when she came upon a pile of dirt and debris blocking the sidewalk. As she attempted to walk around the pile, Rebecca stumbled on the surrounding loose bricks and into a hole in the sidewalk that was unbeknownst to her. She fell into the pit and hit the side of her neck and injured her hand as she fell on it. The subsequent injuries caused lasting pain to her hand and back, which rendered her unable to work. As time went on, she would miss out on working opportunities for years, and lose income due to her injuries.
Today, if anyone were to fall into a hole that did not brandish caution tape or warnings, they would be able to easily file a lawsuit against the city; however, this was Kentucky in 1909, and Rebecca Sallee was a black woman. In a time when racial segregation and injustice ruled, she fought to litigate her case in a legal system that was ruled by white men, and the odds were stacked against her. This case would eventually make its way to the Supreme Court, and Rebecca Sallee would win her settlement. This triumph showed other black Americans that they could fight for their right to be defended and protected by the law, as much as anybody else.
If you have been injured in an accident as the result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve fair compensation. But without an experienced personal injury lawyer, the odds of receiving the full compensation that you deserve are stacked against you.
At Moorhead LeFevre P.A, located in Anderson, South Carolina, we fight tirelessly to help injured people seek and obtain justice. With decades of combined experience, our team of lawyers knows how to navigate the civil legal system, giving you peace of mind that your case will be handled well.
Call us today if you need representation – 864.225.9155