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Posts made in October, 2013

Was Rampant Sexual Abuse Cause Of Closure Of Florida Contractor’s Youth Prison?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Child Sexual Abuse

Was Rampant Sexual Abuse Cause Of Closure Of Florida Contractor’s Youth Prison?

The State of Georgia has decided to shut down a juvenile jail run by a Florida private prison contractor amid allegations of rampant sexual misconduct by the jail’s staff, according to Huffington Post reporting. Although Georgia claims the youth prison is being shut down in order to cut costs, a federal Bureau of Justice Statistics report indicated that he Paulding Regional Youth Detention Center, outside of Atlanta, had the highest rate of child sexual victimization of any facility surveyed. As a Florida child sexual abuse attorney, the most troubling part of this story is the involvement of a Florida contractor who also happens to run multiple, similar juvenile justice facilities in Florida.  The contractor, a company called Youth Services International, apparently has a long history of running troubled facilities.  According to interviews with former employees and former monitors, Youth Services International facilities are often the site of abusive behavior and squalid conditions. As a Florida taxpayer, I have to wonder how a company like this continues to receive taxpayer funds to essentially make troubled kids more troubled.  According to the reporting, Youth Services International is very connected politically, so this may offer some explanation.  Nevertheless, it sounds like somebody needs to be concerned about the welfare of these kids and whether profits are being placed before people. If you have any questions about a potential Florida child sexual abuse claim, call Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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College Males: I’m So Talented Behind The Wheel, Texting While Driving Is Okay

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

College Males:  I’m So Talented Behind The Wheel, Texting While Driving Is Okay

One would think that all of the publicity surrounding the dangers of texting while driving, and distracted driving, would change attitudes about it.   The fact that texting while driving is illegal in over 30 states (including here in Florida), should also warn people about how dangerous it is. Unfortunately, a new study published by researchers at Kings College in Pennsylvania suggests that young male drivers still aren’t getting the message. Distracted driving is still a huge problem in Florida.  Just a few days ago our local media reported that the mother of one of two men killed when a texting driver ran into two men fishing on the Eau Gallie Bridge in Brevard County, is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the texting driver. Attitudes and education about these dangers obviously need to change.  As parents, we all need to do a better job of stressing that texting while driving simply is not permitted – period. If you have any questions following a Florida car accident — and particularly one involving texting while driving — call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Injured Sanford Officer May Recover Money, Even If Hit-And-Run Driver Never Found

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Injured Sanford Officer May Recover Money, Even If Hit-And-Run Driver Never Found

WESH.com recently reported that a Sanford police officer was injured when he approached two men rolling a marijuana cigarette in a car in the parking lot of the Barn nightclub near downtown Sanford. Apparently, when the men (who also had a gun in their vehicle) realized that they were about to be in serious trouble, the driver of the vehicle sped away – trapping the officer momentarily between two vehicles. The officer was reported to have suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.  Nevertheless, it is clear that the actions of this driver caused the office some kind of injuries.  We certainly hope they are not severe. Even though police are still looking for the unidentified driver that caused this crash, this doesn’t mean that the Sanford policy officer is without means to collect damages or money for his injures.  Because he was on-the-job when he became injured, the hurt officer is entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits which will cover all of his medical expenses and two-thirds of any lost wages he experiences as a result of this incident and his injuries. In addition, the injured officer can also make an Uninsured Motorist claim under his own automobile insurance policy (assuming he carried this specific kind of coverage — which he should) for any unpaid lost wages, as well as for past and future pain and suffering, inconvenience, disability, or impairment. Some insurance carriers, however, have strict rules about the timely reporting of hit-and-run accidents, so the injured deputy should not delay contacting his insurance company. If you have any questions following a Florida car accident, whether it is hit-and-run or involves an insured or uninsured motorist, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.  You can also order a FREE copy of Kim’s book, Asleep At The Wheel:  13 Mistakes Insurance Companies Desperately Hope You Will Make After Your Florida Car Accident, by clicking...

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