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ALERT: You Could Be Victim Of Violence In Apartments Near UCF

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Negligent Security

ALERT: You Could Be Victim Of Violence In Apartments Near UCF

Unfortunately, it seems like every week these days we learn about another violent attack at an apartment complex near the University of Central Florida (UCF.)  This week was no exception. According to the OrlandoSentinel.com website, an unidentified man was shot in the back when he was approached by a gunman in the parking lot of the Marquee Apartments located across the street from UCF.  Apparently the man robbed the victim, and shot him as he was trying to leave.  Unfortunately, the Marquee Apartments have been the scene of several violent crimes in recent times. Our thoughts and prayers obviously go out to the victim of the shooting.  Nobody parks their car in a commercial parking lot in a college area and expects to be the victim of violence in apartments near UCF – and nobody should.  With all of the reported violent crimes in the area around UCF, one would think that the businesses in that area would be taking a serious look at security and making improvements. All businesses owe their patrons a duty to provide reasonable security under the circumstances.  If an area is particularly violent or crime-ridden, security measures will need to be heightened.  Many times this will mean that a business needs to employ additional security officers.  Sometimes it may mean installing gates, doors, or security cameras. It would be interesting to learn what the Marquee Apartment was doing in terms of security.  When the owners see their apartment complex named in multiple stories about violent crime over series of weeks or month, it would seem like they might be taking extraordinary measures to prove to the public that their complex is safe.  It clearly seems like they still have some work to do. If you have any questions regarding a violent attack at an apartment complex or any business or commercial enterprise, or if you want to learn about any aspect of a Florida negligent security case, please call Winter Park personal injury/wrongful death attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901 or visit our website at...

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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....

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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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