We are fortunate enough to frequently be asked to represent travelers who have been injured in accident while here in Central Florida on vacation, or on business. One of the more frustrating aspects of representing people from outside of Florida is the difference of opinion that often arises regarding the value of a personal injury case here in Central Florida. Many people who vacation here from other parts of the United States, or even other parts of the world, seem to think that injuries that occur due to accidents in Florida automatically generate large amounts of money. Many people have the mistaken belief that just because they have been injured at one of the large theme parks or resort properties, that a large check will soon be forthcoming. Similarly, many people think that Florida juries are more likely than most to render large jury verdicts in favor of those injured on holiday. Having been a personal injury lawyer practicing law in Central Florida for more than the past 20 years, I am surprised at the inflated value that many visitors seem to place on their Florida personal injury cases. I am not really sure how these people come up with their personal injury case valuations. After all, most of them have never handled a personal injury case before — and particularly not one here in Central Florida. Nevertheless, we seem to be constantly tempering the expectations of these, admittedly, injured people. The problem is not that our firm does not want to help these people receive compensation. The problem is that there are certain realities in the legal and civic landscape here in Central Florida that make it challenging to deliver a favorable result for an injured tourist (uncooperative defendants, conservative juries, defendants have strong local influence, etc.). These factors do not necessarily exist in other places in the United States or the world. After all, Florida is not New York — no matter how much some might hope. Despite these challenges, we always guarantee our clients two things: (1) we will always give an honest and objection appraisal of a personal injury claim, and (2) we will always fight hard for our clients — even the New Yorkers (and perhaps, especially, the New Yorkers.) If you have been involved in an accident here in Florida while on vacation or here on business, please call Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901. We are always available to answer your questions, and we handle cases across Florida. Consultations are always...Read More »
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