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What Happened In Water Rapids Ride Accident That Killed Four?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Theme Park Accidents

What Happened In Water Rapids Ride Accident That Killed Four?

At least one Florida theme park is shutting down its water rapids ride in response to a fatal water rapids ride accident at an Australian theme park that killed four adults. According to Central Florida News 13, Busch Gardens in Tampa has decided to shut down its Congo River Rapids water ride while investigators in Australia try to determine why two people were thrown from the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld theme park in Queensland, Australia, and killed, and two others were killed while still within the ride. Thunder River Rapids features large, multi-person rafts that float down a not-so-lazy river. It is not considered particularly dangerous. The ride is considered to be family-friendly and even allows children to ride. There is no word as to whether the other large theme park operators in Florida — Universal Studios and Walt Disney World — plan to shut down their similar rides such as Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges at Islands of Adventure, or Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As we have written previously here, many people do not realize that the rides at the large Florida theme parks are not safety-checked by the State of Florida. Our thoughts are prayers obviously go out to the surviving families of the victims. A theme park is almost the very last place most people would expect to suffer such a staggering loss. We represent people who have been injured, or who have lost loved ones in accidents at Florida’s theme parks, including ride injuries. If you have any questions regarding a potential case or claim, please call me or Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit...

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Did Defective Road Contribute To Tragic Car Crash In Bithlo/Christmas?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 in Motor vehicle accidents, Wrongful Death Claims

Did Defective Road Contribute To Tragic Car Crash In Bithlo/Christmas?

Many of us here in Winter Park — and especially those of us who are parents of recent and current Winter Park High School students — were shocked and saddened to learn of a tragic car accident that happened a couple of nights ago out in the Bithlo/ Christmas area. The one-car crash killed Thomas Stutts and Justin Vail, and injured Omokolap Hunpatin, after the SUV they were traveling in left the roadway of Fort Christmas Road, crashed through a fence, and into a tree. The coverage that I saw was from the good folks at WESH.com (who I think always do a great job on local reporting.) As an attorney who has handled car accident and wrongful death cases for a long time, a couple of things struck me about the story. First, I was shocked at the destruction to the SUV that these young men had been driving in. I was, frankly, surprised that anyone could have survived this crash. I was not surprised to hear from the Florida Highway Patrol that speed may have been a factor in the crash. However, my interest really perked up when the WESH reporter started interviewing neighbors, who reported that horrible accidents (many of them involving fatalities) happen along that seemingly quiet road all the time. Video captured for the story showed multiple crosses and other memorials laid out beside Fort Christmas Road where other fatal crashes have presumably occurred. Normally, a governmental entity cannot be held responsible for planning-level decisions — such the decision to build a road, or where the road will travel, or where to put a stop sign. However, when it becomes apparent that something about the design of the road contains some kind of defect or makes for a dangerous condition, then a governmental entity can be held responsible for damages for personal injuries or wrongful death. When I hear about multiple deaths on the same stretch of road over a period of time, I start to wonder whether we have a defective road.  I become suspicious that perhaps the County, or State, or whichever entity built that road, could have done more to make it safer – like perhaps installed barriers on the edge of the roadway, or speed humps, or some other similar seemingly simple remedy that might have saved these young men’s precious lives. If you have any questions regarding a Florida car accident or wrongful death case, please call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901 for a free, no obligation strategy session, or download their free, information-packed Florida car accident guide by clicking...

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Ignoring “Red Flags” Of Child Sex Abuse Fails Kids

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Child Sexual Abuse

Ignoring “Red Flags” Of Child Sex Abuse Fails Kids

Organizations that serve children have no choice but to pay attention to “red flags” that suggest than an adult is sexually abusing a child.  Nevertheless, we continue to learn about organizations that have every reason to believe that an adult is harming a child, but does nothing more than ask the adult to stop or issue a warning to the adult.  This has to stop.  The price it just too high. As a Florida child sex abuse attorney, I was very disappointed to read a story on the WFTV website about a former Apopka Elementary School teacher who was recently arrested for allegedly inappropriately touching one of his former students. Once the police received the report from this recent victim, the began investigating the teacher’s personnel file.  The file showed that the teacher had been accused in the past of having students sit in his lap in class, and for being very “touchy” with the children in his class.  Apparently, the teacher was warned, but nothing more. We don’t know the timing of the abuse of the victim that came forward recently, but if it was following the “red flags” the school received, then this situation represents a horrible failure on the part of Apopka Elementary School.  It seems pretty clear that the school should have terminated this teacher as soon as the lap-sitting and touching allegations were substantiated.  As I wrote earlier, the stakes are too high to do otherwise. I certainly hope the victim who had the courage to report this accused molester to police is receiving the mental health and emotional care and therapy he needs. If you have any questions regarding allegations of any adult committing an act of child sex abuse, call Winter Park attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901 or visit http://cullen-hemphill.com.  Consultations are always free and without...

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