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Will Woman Whose Head Was Run Over By Lifeguard Vehicle Ever Collect $2.6 Million Verdict?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Motor vehicle accidents, Recent News

Will Woman Whose Head Was Run Over By Lifeguard Vehicle Ever Collect $2.6 Million Verdict?

I read with interest a story that appeared on the WESH.com website regarding a recent Central Florida.jury verdict. Last week a Volusia County jury ruled in favor of a in favor of a 36-year-old woman , and issued a verdict for $2.6 million. The woman, whose name is Erin Joynt, was vacationing in Daytona Beach in 2011 with her family when a full-sized beach patrol pick-up truck ran over her head she laid in the sand on the beach. Ms. Joynt suffers from partial facial paralysis, had a number of fractures, as well as and vision and hearing loss. Ms. Joynt testified at trial that she continues to experience constant pain. The jury divided its award this way: $100,000 for future medical expenses, $500,000 for loss of earning capacity, $500,000 for for past pain and suffering, and $1.5 million for future pain and suffering. As a Florida personal injury attorney, the most interesting aspect of this case will be what happens next with regard to actually collecting on this verdict. Since the jury verdict was against a governmental entity, the local lifeguard agency, many people do not realize that Florida law limits the amount of money that any person who is injured due to the negligence of a governmental employee can collect in a case. As of this writing, the limitation is $200,000 per injured person. Even though a jury of her peers believes Ms. Joynt’s claim is worth over $2 million, likely the only way that Ms. Joynt will ever collect $200,000 will be by pursuing a very complicated procedure called a Claims Bill all the way through the Florida Legislature. If the Legislature passes a bill to provide Ms. Joynt with the money, it will still be up to Governor Rick Scott to sign it. The reality is that our Republican-controlled state legislature very rarely passes Claims Bills. I hope they make an exception for Ms. Joynt. If you have any questions regarding an injury involving a governmental entity, or the Claims Bill process, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Mental Rest Is Key To Kids’ Recovery From Brain Injury

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Recent News, Types of Accidents, Uncategorized

Mental Rest Is Key To Kids’ Recovery From Brain Injury

New medical research confirms the efficacy of ordering kids to limit strenuous mental activity after suffering a concussion. Researcher at the Boston Sports Concussion Clinic just finished a study of 15 year olds who had been diagnosed with concussions.  They found that kids who significantly limited their mental activities:  homework, tests, reading, texting, video games, etc., recovered significantly faster than those kids who didn’t limit their activities. Many brain injury specialists have been recommending this kind of treatment regime for some time.  Locally, I can tell you that the Florida Hospital Brain Injury unit has recommended this exact protocol for several girls in my daughter’s Club and school soccer programs who have been diagnosed with concussions. Of course, this advice is sound not only for people injured in sports, but also for people who have received concussions or coup contrecoup injuries from car crashes and other accidents. The key, above anything else, appears to be rest. If you’ve been involved in a Florida accident and have suffered a head or brain injury, get some rest.  After that, if you have any questions, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Parents Should Carefully Observe 8-Year Old After He Was Pinned Under Car In Palm Bay

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents, Recent News

Parents Should Carefully Observe 8-Year Old After He Was Pinned Under Car In Palm Bay

The image of an automobile stopped on top of a mangled child’s bicycle struck hit me hard enough to warrant some discussion on this blog. The accident involved an 8-year old who was riding with his brother to Discovery Elementary School in Palm Bay. Apparently, a woman pulling her car out of a side street saw the brother, but did not see the 8-year old. The aspect of the accident that I thought was most important was the reference in several of the media reports to the boy having suffered a “minor” head injury, and how lucky he was to bearing wearing a bicycle helmet.  While these things are, of course, true,  as an Orlando accident and brain injury attorney, and a father of four children, this kind of apparent discounting of the significance of a direct blow to a child’s head (even in a helmet) is very concerning. Brain injuries are often the most subtle injuries suffered in accidents. Most brain injuries do not feature fractured skulls or subdural hematomas. Nevertheless, even minor traumatic brain injuries can be incredibly disruptive to accident victims — and especially children. If I was the parent of this 8-year old, I would keep an eagle-eye on him for several weeks, and even months. I would be looking for any changes in his mood or outlook or temperament. I would look for changes in his academic performance, his memory, or his use of language. I think I would also try to educate myself on all of the other indicators that my child may have suffered a brain injury.  If I saw anything that seemed different, I would see the advice of a qualified physician or a neuropsychologist. If you have any questions regarding a Florida automobile or bicycle accident, or are concerned about a possible brain injury after a Florida accident, call Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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