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Posts made in December, 2014

Would Orlando Teenager Be Paralyzed If His Apartment Complex Had Adequate Security?

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

Would Orlando Teenager Be Paralyzed If His Apartment Complex Had Adequate Security?

A 15-year old Orlando boy appears to be facing paralysis after he was hit by a stray bullet during a shootout in an apartment complex off of Silver Star Road.  According to media reports (here, and here), the boy was standing with friends at the apartment playground when an argument between people in a different area of the complex grew violent.  Multiple bullet holes were found around the complex, but one bullet found the 15-year old’s back.  Now in the hospital, the boy apparently can still not feel his fingers or toes. Unfortunately, this happens too often in Orlando.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this boy and his family.  It would be natural for them to be frustrated that their child was the victim of an apartment complex shooting, because many times these kinds of events can be avoided in the apartment complex will invest some money and effort into security.  When apartment complexes ignore the danger that they know or should know about, the owners and/or managers of those complexes can be held liable for damages resulting from a negligent security claim. If I were this boy’s parent, I would want to know what kind of security measures the apartment complex had in place.  How many armed or unarmed security officers were on the premises on the night of the shooting?  What kind of visual deterrence was in place to discourage these shooters?  Why didn’t anyone respond to the argument and break it up, or make the people who were arguing leave the premises, before guns were drawn?  How active has the apartment management been in encouraging more Orange County Sheriff’s deputies to patrol the area? There is a lot that can be done to make apartment complexes safer for visitors and residents.  Some of the solutions cost very little in comparison with the harm that can obviously be done.  However, many times it comes down to simple dollars and cents.  Some apartment complexes look only at the monthly expenses, and do not consider the devastating impact these profit-driven decisions sometime have. If you have any questions regarding an Orlando negligent security or apartment complex shooting case, please call Winter Park personal injury and wrongful death attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Does Your Orlando Injury Case Deserve Bulk Treatment By Your Attorney?

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Motor vehicle accidents

Does Your Orlando Injury Case Deserve Bulk Treatment By Your Attorney?

I didn’t quite know what to think when I recently heard about one of the large, advertising Orlando personal injury firms conducting back-to-back “Settlement Days” with one of the major Florida car insurance companies at its offices.  My understanding is that the firm and the insurance company settled approximately 70 Orlando car accident cases during those two days.  This is something we have never done at Cullen & Hemphill, PLC. While I suppose an argument could be made that this kind of bulk handling of personal injury claims is a more efficient use of everyone’s time, I am just not convinced that this kind of event encourages a law firm to individually dig into, learn, and fairly evaluate each individual’s case before trying to settle it.  If you just look at the numbers, and assume that the law firm and insurance company worked a full 16 hours on those two settlement days, this means that a case was being resolved every 14 minutes or so. I suppose I question whether any law firm could be effectively communicating the unique and specials characteristics of each case and client in approximately 14 minutes.  As a small, Winter Park personal injury firm that focuses a lot of time and energy on really getting to know our clients, their families, and their wants and needs, and the way that an accident has affected their lives, I wonder how this kind of information gets persuasively conveyed in 14 minutes of less. I am pretty sure our Cullen & Hemphill clients would be disappointed to learn that their case was handled in the exact same way as 69 others, over the course of two days.  I don’t know of one client that has ever requested of us that his or her case be handled in bulk or bundled, or thought that his or her case deserved that kind of treatment.  What do you think? If you have any questions regarding an Orlando car accident case, or any other Florida personal injury case, please call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Robert Hemphill and Kim Cullen at...

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