(877) 244-6420 - Call for a free consultation with a Florida Accident Attorney

Posts made in June, 2014

Sleep-Deprived Semi Driver In Tracy Morgan Case Not Alone

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Motor vehicle accidents, Wrongful Death Claims

Sleep-Deprived Semi Driver In Tracy Morgan Case Not Alone

I am sure that I was not the only person to be shocked and saddened to learn that Tracy Morgan — the outrageous comedian known for his work on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock — was in critical condition after a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike last week.  One of Mr. Morgan’s colleagues who was also in the van was tragically killed. According to an NBC News story, Mr. Morgan was traveling toward New York City in a luxury van when the van was rear-ended on the crowded road by a semi tractor-trailer. on the New Jersey Turnpike.  Further investigation of the crash revealed that the truck driver who hit the Morgan vehicle, Kevin Roper, had not slept in more than 24 hours before the accident. Federal transportation rules limit the number of hours that heavy truck (semi tractor trailers) drivers can operate their rigs.  For example, truckers are only allowed to work 70 hours per week, and can only restart the 70 hours after a 34 hour break once per week. Ironically, on the same day that Mr. Morgan was catastrophically injured and his friend died, the United States Senate was passing a new measure that would de-fund the government’s ability to enforce the limitations on drivers’ hours.  Apparently the trucking industry doesn’t like the rules much, and has been leading an all-out lobbying assault on Congress.  Trucking companies say that these measures are costing more than they are worth in terms of safety. As a Florida personal injury attorneys who regularly handles cases for people injured by heavy trucks, and their loved ones in Wrongful Death actions, I am confident that driver hours rules save lives, and keep catastrophic medical conditions from happening.  Our firm believes that the current rules should remain in place.  What do you think? If you have any questions regarding a Florida truck accident, or suspect that a driver involved in a crash had been behind the wheel without sleep too long, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

Read More »

Little Girl Emotionally Damaged, On Top Of Dog Mauling

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Dog Bites

Little Girl Emotionally Damaged, On Top Of Dog Mauling

I came across a sad story on the Huffington Post website that made me think about how damages are ultimately calculated in the Florida personal injury cases that we handle in our office — and particularly those involving scarring of the skin. The story involved a three-year-old girl named Victoria Wilcher, who suffered massive injuries, including very obvious facial scarring after being attacked by three pitbulls while playing at her grandfather’s home.  After the attack, this precious little girl (disclosure:  I have a daughter, too) was left with a badly disfigured face, as well as a damaged jaw and injured facial muscles. The reason this story stuck out to me, though, was what happened later. Apparently Victoria’s family took her to a KFC restaurant as one of her few journeys outside of her home.  While int he restaurant, someone from KFC approached Victoria and her family and asked her to leave the restaurant because she was making other diners there feel uncomfortable. Of course, the story is now generating (seemingly well-deserved) outrage against KFC for allowing this to happen. However, as a Florida personal injury attorney who also represents people scarred in dog bites, car crashes, and other kinds of accidents, I was struck by something different.  In most of our cases featuring scarring, insurance companies want to place a lot of emphasis on the medical bills generated by the initial medical treatment, or the medical bills associated with corrective revision surgery that the injury victim may require in the future. But Victoria’s story has reminded me that injuries like these can generate even deeper emotional scars.  After all, can you imagine anything that cut a precious three-year-old girl closer to the bone than the looks on people’s’ faces when they see her, or a store manager asking her to leave a place because of the way she looks.  I cannot imagine anything more traumatic.  I also imagine that incidents like these are not isolated for people with significant scars. Our hearts certainly go out to Victoria, and we hope that something can be done to help her.  In the meantime, our firm is going to use her story as an inspiration to make sure that we are doing everything we can to help our dog bite clients, and others who have suffered disfigurement. If you have any questions following a Florida dog bite, or how permanent scarring is valued in Florida personal injury cases, please call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901....

Read More »