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Dump Truck Owner May Have To Pay After SunRail Crash

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Motor vehicle accidents, Recent News, Uncategorized

Dump Truck Owner May Have To Pay After SunRail Crash

In Florida, the owner of a motor vehicle is ultimately responsible for any damages caused by the operation of the vehicle.  One Central Florida dump truck owner could be on the hook for a lot more than he ever bargained for. The Orlandosentinel.com website actually has the video taken directly from the SunRail train (watch it here) that shows a dump truck parked way too close to the train tracks for the train to pass safely by.  The train engineer does the best he can to slow and/or stop the train, but the truck is just too close to the tracks and there is an obvious collision. According to the article, at least seven (7) SunRail passengers were taken to local hospitals with injuries – hopefully minor ones. In the event that any of these passengers have lingering, long-term physical problems, the ones that do likely have viable personal injury claims against the owner of the dump truck, and perhaps the driver who parked the dump truck, too.  The injured passengers could collect money for their medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. Many SunRail passengers ride the train to avoid the risk of a car crash on Interstate 4, or Central Florida’s other major roads.   They probably never dreamed they would be involved in a SunRail crash. If you have any questions following a Florida motor vehicle accident — even one involving a SunRail train or other non-highway vehicle, call Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill.  We represent clients from across Florida.  Every consultation is FREE and no-obligation.  Call us at 407-254-4901, or visit our website at cullen-hemphill.com...

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Fall Didn’t Kill Woman, But Disney Could Be Liable For Wrongful Death Anyway

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Recent News, Theme Park Accidents, Types of Accidents, Wrongful Death Claims

Fall Didn’t Kill Woman, But Disney Could Be Liable For Wrongful Death Anyway

The surviving family of a woman who was injured on the Jungle Cruise ride at Walt Disney World has filed a wrongful death suit against the Central Florida theme park operator, even though the woman was nowhere near death when she left the park on the date of her accident. To a typical layperson, this scenario might not seem right.  But, as a Florida theme park injury lawyer, I think the law on this issue is completely fair and reasonable. According to WFTV.com, the decedent was a mother who broke her leg trying to safely hold her daughter while she entered the Jungle Cruise ride.  Her family believes that someone at Disney should have helped her board, and that their failure to do so represented negligence that was the legal cause of the woman’s original leg injury. The original leg injury was significant, and required the injured woman to be taken from Disney by ambulance to a local hospital.  Her leg required surgery, and less than 24 hours after returning home after her surgery, the young mother suffered a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot) that killed her. Under Florida law if the clot is related to the woman’s surgery, and the surgery was required as a result of Disney’s original negligence, then Disney can be held liable for the wrongful death of the mother — and therefore might have to pay damages to the woman’s surviving husband and children. Any other result would not fairly compensate victims of negligence.  Negligence only has to be one of the causes of the ultimate harm, not the only cause, in order for the careless person to be held liable. If you have any questions regarding a Florida wrongful death case, a theme park accident, or Florida’s intervening cause law, contact Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Did Halifax Surgeon Really Just Admit That He Performed Surgery On Patient’s Wrong Leg? (Video)

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Medical Malpractice, Qui Tam (Whistleblower)

Did Halifax Surgeon Really Just Admit That He Performed Surgery On Patient’s Wrong Leg?  (Video)

I thought the story below was worthwhile to share for three reasons: First, I was shocked to learn how poorly Halifax Hospital is apparently being run. One would think that things would have to be pretty bad for the State of Florida to threaten to immediately stop Halifax from accepting Medicare and Medicaid. Two, I am very surprised that a surgeon would ever admit that he operated on the wrong leg because he “wasn’t paying attention.” Surgeons operate on wrong or mistaken body parts all the time, but it is very rare in my experience that the surgeon would ever admit fault so freely. While I admire this doctor’s willingness to tell the truth, it would not surprise me if, coincidentally, the Statute of Limitations had run on any potential medical malpractice claim the surgeon decided to become so forthright. Three, this story is important because it apparently arises out of information revealed in a lawsuit already pending against Halifax. Halifax has been sued by more than one former employee in whistleblower, also called qui tam, lawsuits. Under federal law, any whistleblower who comes forward with evidence that a person or entity has defrauded the United States government is entitled to recover a percentage of the money ultimately recovered on behalf of the government. The pending Halifax lawsuit alleges that Halifax has defrauded the Medicare and Medicaid programs out of millions of dollars. There is a similar whistleblower lawsuit also pending against Florida Hospital here in Orlando. If you have any questions regarding a surgery where the surgeon operated on the wrong body part, or if you have information that an organization fraudulently billed and collected money from the federal government, call Winter Park attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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