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Child Sexual Abuse Damages Kids, Regardless of Age

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Child Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse Damages Kids, Regardless of Age

Almost anyone with a heart can sympathize with a tender young child who is victimized by a sexual predator or child sex abuser. However, some people seem less wiling to open their hearts to teenage victims of sexual abuse. This is why I was particularly struck by a story by Rene Stutzman in the Orlando Sentinel that detailed the sentencing of a former Lyman High School teacher to 12 years in prison for having sex with (at least) two of his teenage students. Scott Kimbrough, who is 40 years old, was arrested at his Winter Park home after two girls came forward and indicated that they had sex with Mr. Kimbrough when they were 15 and 17, respectively, while they were students and he was a teacher at Lyman High School. Circuit Court Judge Marlene Alva sentenced Mr. Kimbrough to 12 years in prison, as well as a permanent designation as a sexual predator. As a Florida child sexual abuse attorney, what struck me most about the sentencing was the demeanor of the older victim that had come forward. (By the way, I would bet that there are more than two victims. It is not uncommon for there to be many more victims of child sexual abuse than actually come forward.) The oldest victim testified that Mr. Kimbrough had fully convinced her that he was in love with her. However, once the relationship was discovered by people at Lyman High School her life “became a living nightmare.” She ultimately had to drop out of classes, and she plunged into a deep depression which has now morphed into regular, terrible anxiety attacks. She testified that, today, she has trouble functioning in day-to-day life. These are not unusual symptoms for people who have been sexually abused — at any age. Regardless of age, research indicates that any person who has been the victim of a sexual attack is prone to having very serious emotional and psychological problems. I am sure that it took a lot of courage for this young lady to come forward and share her story with others. It ALWAYS does in this kind of case. In every child sexual abuse case we handle (where we are typically seeking money damages to pay for professional counseling, therapy, and other related services), I am constantly impressed by our clients’ courage. If you have any questions regarding a Florida child sexual abuse case, regardless of the age of the child, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill 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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When Someone Dies In A Florida Accident, What Damages Are Available?

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Recent Videos, Uncategorized

When Someone Dies In A Florida Accident, What Damages Are Available?

When someone dies in a Florida accident of any kind, any damages arising out of the accidental death are governed by the Florida Wrongful Death Act. The Florida Wrongful Death Act is actually a series of statute sections that define who can bring a wrongful death claim, and what categories of damages are available. Many people are surprised to learn that sometimes surviving spouses, parents, and children can recover nothing for emotional pain and suffering. Watch this short video to learn more: If you have any questions regarding a Florida wrongful death, or what damages might be available when a family member dies in an accident of any kind, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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