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Fall Didn’t Kill Woman, But Disney Could Be Liable For Wrongful Death Anyway

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Recent News, Theme Park Accidents, Types of Accidents, Wrongful Death Claims

Fall Didn’t Kill Woman, But Disney Could Be Liable For Wrongful Death Anyway

The surviving family of a woman who was injured on the Jungle Cruise ride at Walt Disney World has filed a wrongful death suit against the Central Florida theme park operator, even though the woman was nowhere near death when she left the park on the date of her accident. To a typical layperson, this scenario might not seem right.  But, as a Florida theme park injury lawyer, I think the law on this issue is completely fair and reasonable. According to WFTV.com, the decedent was a mother who broke her leg trying to safely hold her daughter while she entered the Jungle Cruise ride.  Her family believes that someone at Disney should have helped her board, and that their failure to do so represented negligence that was the legal cause of the woman’s original leg injury. The original leg injury was significant, and required the injured woman to be taken from Disney by ambulance to a local hospital.  Her leg required surgery, and less than 24 hours after returning home after her surgery, the young mother suffered a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot) that killed her. Under Florida law if the clot is related to the woman’s surgery, and the surgery was required as a result of Disney’s original negligence, then Disney can be held liable for the wrongful death of the mother — and therefore might have to pay damages to the woman’s surviving husband and children. Any other result would not fairly compensate victims of negligence.  Negligence only has to be one of the causes of the ultimate harm, not the only cause, in order for the careless person to be held liable. If you have any questions regarding a Florida wrongful death case, a theme park accident, or Florida’s intervening cause law, contact Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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No Ambulance Bill Should Remain Unpaid After An Orange County Car Accident

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

No Ambulance Bill Should Remain Unpaid After An Orange County Car Accident

I recently saw an interesting article on the WFTV.com website regarding unpaid ambulance bills here in Orange County, Florida. According to the piece there were approximately $8.5 million in unpaid ambulance bills in Orange County in 2012.  Apparently total ambulance bills in Orange County were approximately $17 million, and the ambulance service providers indicate that only 1/2 of the ambulance runs made each year in Orange County are ever paid for. As an Orlando accident attorney, I am very surprised to learn about this large number of unpaid bills. We represent hundreds of people in Orange County every year who have been injured in accidents.  One of the most frequent medical providers that our clients receive bills from after an accident are ambulance providers.  In Florida automobile accident cases, drivers are required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage as part of their automobile insurance package that is designed to pay 80% of immediate accident-related expenses. When we assert a personal injury claim against a negligent party — whether it be a careless driver or oblivious landlord or the manufacturer of a dangerous product — one of the elements of our claim is always the unpaid ambulance bills.  In fact, many people do not realize that a large portion of almost every personal injury settlement generally goes toward paying off unpaid medical bills. Unfortunately, the reality for many of our clients is that they do not have health insurance.  Most of these people cannot afford to immediately pay thousands of dollars in unexpected medical expenses.  Securing a personal injury settlement from a negligent party’s bodily injury liability insurance carriers is often the only way that our client might ever have of having their medical bills completely paid and avoiding the lifelong stigma attached to filing bankruptcy. Any doubters can rest assured that our clients feel very strongly about seeing that all of their medical providers are paid, and do not want to owe any money following an accident. If you have any questions about medical bills following a Florida car accident, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or get a FREE copy of Kim’s book, Asleep At The Wheel – 13 Mistakes The Insurance Company Desperately Hope You Will Make After Your Florida Car Accident by clicking...

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