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89-Year Old Mauled By Pit Bull, May Now Face Insurance Nightmare

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Dog Bites

89-Year Old Mauled By Pit Bull, May Now Face Insurance Nightmare

Although Betty Meitzler felt terrorized when she was attacked by her neighbor’s pit-bull in Geneva, Seminole County last week, she might get an even bigger shock if she tries to collect money for her damages from the dog owner’s insurance company. 89-year old Ms. Meitzler claims the dog’s attack was unprovoked. She hit the dog as hard as she could with her cane, but only the dog’s owner could pull the offending pit-bull off of Ms. Meitzler. Unfortunately, this dog will likely be euthanized because it was already labeled a “dangerous dog” due to at least one previously reported attack. Under Florida law, Ms. Meitzler would clearly have a claim for damages against the dog’s owner. However, actually collecting money may well be another matter. First, if the dog’s owner does not have homeowner’s insurance, and has no real assets, it might not be worth the victim’s time to pursue an injury claim. Second — and perhaps most worrying to me as a Florida dog bite attorney — even if the homeowner has insurance, this kind of attack might not be covered. Several insurance carriers now write homeowners policies that include exclusions for dog bites, or exclusions for dog bites caused by certain breeds of dogs. Can you guess which breed of dog is almost always on these lists? That’s right — pit-bulls. In this instance, we are going to keep our fingers crossed that the owner of this pit-bull carried quality homeowner’s coverage, and that there is no dog bite exclusion of any kind that will apply to Ms. Meitzler. If you have any questions regarding a Florida dog bite attack, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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911 Audio After Fatal Orlando Crash Offers Inside Look At Accident Scene

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

911 Audio After Fatal Orlando Crash Offers Inside Look At Accident Scene

I came across this post on the Orlando Sentinel website.  Somehow the Sentinel secured the 911 call following a major head-on crash that occurred a couple of weeks ago on Lake Picket Road, near the University of Central Florida, in Orlando. It is not often that civilians get this kind of behind-the-scenes perspective of a the accident scene following a significant motor vehicle crash — this one, unfortunately, featuring a real tragedy. As an Orlando automobile accident attorney, the first thing that struck me was the level of calm displayed by both of the participants on the 911 call. I was amazed that the eyewitness was able to maintain her composure so thoroughly throughout her description of the destruction and injured people at the scene. Personally, I think that my pulse would have been racing so fast that I would have been sounded seriously out-of-breath! I was additionally very impressed by the 911 operator. She did a great job of keeping the witness on-point and gathering all of the information that she needed to convey to the First Responders who were on their way. She has obviously been well-trained to do an extremely difficult job. Our hearts go out to the male victim in the accident, who tragically passed away at the accident scene.  From the information we have about the crash, it seems that it was entirely avoidable, and may have involved intoxication on the part of the at-fault driver. Perhaps the audio will put to rest any concerns his family might have had about whether he suffered or struggled after the crash. If you have any questions regarding an Orlando automobile accident, or wrongful death claim, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Robert Hemphill and Kim Cullen at...

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Highway 50 and Sand Lake Road Feature On Central Florida’s Most Dangerous Roads List | Orlando accident attorney

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents, Recent News

Highway 50 and Sand Lake Road Feature On Central Florida’s Most Dangerous Roads List | Orlando accident attorney

MetroPlan Orlando has published its annual Regional Traffic Safety Report, and the news is not good (and not really surprising) for two of Central Florida’s more heavily traveled local roadways. Highway 50 and Sand Lake Road figure very prominently in local car crash statistics.  According to MetroPlan Orlando, the six most dangerous intersections in Central Florida were: Highway 50 and Alfaya Trail    (104 Crashes, 34 Injuries) Highway 50 and Goldenrod Road    (73 Crashes, 21 Injuries) State Road 436 and Aloma Avenue    (71 Crashes, 17 Injuries) Orange Blossom Trail and Sand Lake Road    (69 Crashes, 11 Injuries) International Drive and Sand Lake Road    (65 Crashes, 14 Injuries) Highway 50 and Rouse Road    (65 Crashes, 29 Injuries (I am curious as to why the number of accident at the Rouse Road intersection is so much greater than the four intersections ranked above it.  If you know, let me know in the Comments…) As a long-time Central Florida resident, and Orlando accident attorney, I do my best to avoid these intersections.  When I do have to travel in through these junctions, I am always on guard. If you have any questions following a car crash at these, or any, Central Florida call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.  Consultations are always FREE.  Or, order a FREE copy of Kim’s book, Asleep At The Wheel:  13 Mistakes The Insurance Company Desperately Hopes You’ll Make Following A Florida Accident by clicking here.    ...

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