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

Posts Tagged "client"

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...

Read More »

Did Cerebral Palsy Organization Properly Supervise Accused Sexual Abuser?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Child Sexual Abuse

Clickorlando.com featured an article I recently read with some professional interest. The article detailed the recent arrest of an Ormond Beach man based upon allegations that he sexually abused a disabled woman. While stories of bad behavior similar that alleged here seem to have become commonplace in recent years, as an Orlando sexual abuse attorney, I became more interested when I learned that the accused abuser met the disabled woman through his employment with United Cerebral Palsy. First, I was interested to learn that, while UCP forbade staff from socializing with clients, the accused abuse freely admitted to police that he brought the victim to his home and to a restaurant. The sexual abuse allegedly occurred at the UCP worker’s house, and also in his car. Organizations like UCP owe two main duties of care to their patients/clients. The first is to make sure that background checks are performed on any workers who are placed in positions of trust with the patients/clients. The second duty is to properly supervise every person that is placed in contact with the patient/client by the overseeing organization — and particularly if the patient/client is someone who is very vulnerable, like a child or disabled person. As this case develops it will be interesting to see how much UCP knew about this worker from Ormond Beach when it allowed him to have access to this disabled  woman. Additionally, it will be interesting to learn how much UCP knew about this man taking this woman in his car and to his home. In my experience, these kinds of things generally don’t happen without other people knowing about it. If an organization like UCP did not do enough to protect the victim, the organization can be held liable for negligent supervision or negligent screening or background checking, and might have to pay damages to the sexual abuse victim. Hopefully for everyone involved here, this will turn out to have been some kind of significant...

Read More »