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Injured On Vacation In Florida? Your Case’s Value Might Surprise You…

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Theme Park Accidents, Types of Accidents, Uncategorized

Injured On Vacation In Florida?  Your Case’s Value Might Surprise You…

We are fortunate enough to frequently be asked to represent travelers who have been injured in accident while here in Central Florida on vacation, or on business. One of the more frustrating aspects of representing people from outside of Florida is the difference of opinion that often arises regarding the value of a personal injury case here in Central Florida.  Many people who vacation here from other parts of the United States, or even other parts of the world, seem to think that injuries that occur due to accidents in Florida automatically generate large amounts of money.  Many people have the mistaken belief that just because they have been injured at one of the large theme parks or resort properties, that a large check will soon be forthcoming.  Similarly, many people think that Florida juries are more likely than most to render large jury verdicts in favor of those injured on holiday. Having been a personal injury lawyer practicing law in Central Florida for more than the past 20 years, I am surprised at the inflated value that many visitors seem to place on their Florida personal injury cases.  I am not really sure how these people come up with their personal injury case valuations.  After all, most of them have never handled a personal injury case before — and particularly not one here in Central Florida.  Nevertheless, we seem to be constantly tempering the expectations of these, admittedly, injured people. The problem is not that our firm does not want to help these people receive compensation.  The problem is that there are certain realities in the legal and civic landscape here in Central Florida that make it challenging to deliver a favorable result for an injured tourist  (uncooperative defendants, conservative juries, defendants have strong local influence, etc.).  These factors do not necessarily exist in other places in the United States or the world.  After all, Florida is not New York — no matter how much some might hope. Despite these challenges, we always guarantee our clients two things:  (1) we will always give an honest and objection appraisal of a personal injury claim, and (2) we will always fight hard for our clients  — even the New Yorkers (and perhaps, especially, the New Yorkers.) If you have been involved in an accident here in Florida while on vacation or here on business, please call Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.  We are always available to answer your questions, and we handle cases across Florida.  Consultations are always...

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Doctors, Businessmen Battle For Holy Grail Of Brain Injury Diagnosis, Treatment

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Motor vehicle accidents, Recent News

Doctors, Businessmen Battle For Holy Grail Of Brain Injury Diagnosis, Treatment

I saw an article in a recent edition of the New York Times that I thought was worth sharing. The article described the acceleration in research and development that is going on in the field of brain injury detection and treatment as a result of the headlines associated with aging NFL players and their medical problems.  As most of us now know, many NFL veterans are beginning to suffer the ravages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, likely as a result of repeated trauma to the head playing the game of football. According to the piece, there are several physician/business groups who are hard at work to develop the go-to, or Holy Grail, test and treatment protocol to deal with these kinds of traumatic brain injuries.  Some doctors are even claiming that they are close to developing ways to heal or reverse the damages cause by closed head injuries.  Other doctors say that this kind of breakthrough is still years away, and that medical consumers should be skeptical of claims that seem to be too good to be true. Regardless, and as an attorney who has represented many clients who have suffered mild and moderate traumatic brain injuries (TBI) from accidents, there are many, many people who would pay practically anything they had just for a chance to get their pre-injury lifestyle back.  Traumatic brain injury can be debilitating – even though there are no broken bones and no obvious injury on an X-ray or MRI.  There is obviously a huge potential market for a diagnosis or treatment method that will help these people. The New York Times article is definitely worth the read. If you have any questions regarding a Florida car accident or slip and fall that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit cullen-hemphill.com....

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Security Guard Flees Scene Before Shooting, Leads To $55M Negligent Security Verdict

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Negligent Security

Security Guard Flees Scene Before Shooting, Leads To $55M Negligent Security Verdict

Once a security firm has been hired to provide security for a business like an apartment complex, the security firm owes residents and guests a duty to utilize reasonable care in the manner in which it provides those security services. When a security firm doesn’t use reasonable care, bad things are bound to happen. According to a piece on the InsuranceJournal.com website, a Southern California jury recently awarded a young man $55 million for a negligent security claim he brought against a private security firm after he was shot nine times at an apartment complex. Evidence in the case showed that the security guard assigned to the plaintiff’s apartment complex not only failed to break up a small party of men who were allegedly gang members, but also failed to warn the Plaintiff and others that the area where the gang was gathering was dangerous. According to the evidence at trial, after seeing the group of men, the security guard went to wait in his car, listened to the radio for a while, then left the scene. The plaintiff was 17 years old when he was shot. He has undergone 56 surgeries, has had both of his legs amputated, and has had almost 40 percent of his stomach removed. Although this case occurred in California, the same legal concepts regarding liability apply here in Florida. If the security company knew of a danger to the complex residents, it had a duty to either warn them or take measures to protect them. A failure to do so exposes the company to potential negligent security claim. If you or a loved one have been injured at a business that should have had better security, or have questions regarding a Florida negligent security claim, call Winter Park negligent security attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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