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Shocking Idea: Your Child Molested In A Florida Classroom

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Child Sexual Abuse

Shocking Idea:  Your Child Molested In A Florida Classroom

I came across a news story that I thought would be worthy of sharing.  Central Florida News 13 was reporting about new sex abuse charges leveled against a former classroom teacher, Anthony Silva. Mr. Silva used to be a teacher at Renaissance Charter School in Orange County, until one of his former co-workers called 911 to report that Mr. Silva was inappropriately touching students and simulating sex with them.  He was originally charged, and put in jail. Now, Mr. Silva faces new charges of lewd and lascivious molestation, as well as false imprisonment of a child.  Apparently, the false imprisonment charges stem from some of Mr. Silva’s activities with students inside his own classroom. Of course, Mr. Silva is innocent in the eyes of the law, until he is proven to be guilty.  However, it is not often that these types of cases are instigated by co-workers.  Typically, child abusers are more careful and secretive about their activities with young children. If sexually abusive acts did occur on school grounds, then the Renaissance Charter School may face civil liability for money damages in favor of the injured students.  Institutions like schools owe children a duty to supervise the adults the school place in front of the children every day.  Schools should be allowing environments to exist where abuse can occur on the school’s campus. We were recently able to achieve a significant recovery for a client who was sexually abused by his Sunday School teacher in the church offices, during a Sunday church service.  The church really had no explanation for how that could happen. If you have any questions regarding sexual abuse allegations involving a school or church, call Florida child sexual abuse attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Safety From Shooting IS Possible At Orange County Apartment Complex

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Negligent Security

Safety From Shooting IS Possible At Orange County Apartment Complex

I read with great interest an article on WFTV.com describing a phenomenon that many apartment complex owners and managers say is impossible. On May 27th, Orange  County Sheriff Jerry Demings officiated a ceremony certifying the Beacon Hill Apartments as Orange County’s first Crime-Free Multi-Housing Complex.  The certification is the culmination of a three-phase project that took almost five years to complete. The project included multiple property upgrades such as door peepholes and fencing around the entire complex.  Applicant screening became much more rigid.  The property manager of Beacon Hill indicated that it took tens of the thousands of dollars to achieve the certification. I say, “Bravo” to the owners and managers of Beacon Hill.  When we bring negligent security cases against apartment complexes after our clients have been shot, raped, or otherwise assaulted, the complexes always say that they cannot afford to put increased security measures in place.  They always say that they would have to drastically increase rents to make their properties as safe as we would like them to be.  Or, they say that the complexes are just located in dangerous neighborhoods, and therefore tenants should expect a certain level of crime. The Beacon Hill experience tells us that these arguments are nonsense.  If an apartment complex is seriously committed to providing a safe environment for residents and guests, it can make it happen.  It might take some effort, and will almost undoubtedly cost some money.  However, these seem like small prices to pay to provide a safe place for our children to grow up, and for our elderly to live out their golden years. Here’s hoping that Beacon Hill remains a Crime Free Complex, and that other apartment complexes in Central Florida (and particularly those with reputations for crime and violence) follow suit. If you have any questions regarding a Florida apartment shooting, rape, or assault, or a claim for negligent security, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill for a free consultation at...

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Two Tragic Car Crashes In Orange County On Same Day Raise Questions

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Motor vehicle accidents

Two Tragic Car Crashes In Orange County On Same Day Raise Questions

As a Florida personal injury attorney it is not rare for me to hear about fatal car accidents.  However, it is unusual to have two such accidents — under unusual circumstances — happen in Orange County on the same night. According the the clickorlando.com website, drivers of two separate vehicles were killed in two separate crashes over the weekend — one on John Young Parkway, and the other on Turkey Lake Road, in Orlando. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player In the John Young accident, apparently the police approached a vehicle that had been reported stopped in the left hand turn lane at Interstate 4.  They found a man reclined in his seat, apparently asleep.  When the man was awakened, he seems disoriented, then quickly drove away, down John Young Parkway.  The man collided with two vehicles, and eventually sent the second vehicle — a minivan full of six (6) occupants bursting into flames.  Multiple people were taken to the hospital with injuries.  The driver who was originally found unconscious was ejected from his vehicle, and tragically died. Police are still investigating the issue of intoxication.  If the decedent is found to have been intoxicated, it would not surprise me based upon these facts, and my experience handling cases with similar facts. Because so many people have been hurt in this accident, and the likelihood that the decedent did not have a large automobile liability policy, I am hoping that the individuals in the minivan all had Uninsured Motorist coverage.  If I was one of the injured, I think I would also like to know where the driver had been that night.  If he had been provided with alcohol when he was obviously drunk by a bar or nightclub, the bar or night club could be held liable. The Turkey Lake Road case also seems like it could involve alcohol.  In that case, a driver lost control of his car for no apparent reason and crashed in to some trees.  The driver was tragically killed, and one of his passengers was seriously injured.  If I was the one injured in this accident I would keep my fingers crossed that I had enough foresight to buy Uninsured Motorist coverage. If you’ve been injured in a Florida car accident, or have questions about Uninsured Motorist coverage call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert  Hemphill at...

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