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ALERT: You Could Be Victim Of Violence In Apartments Near UCF

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Negligent Security

ALERT: You Could Be Victim Of Violence In Apartments Near UCF

Unfortunately, it seems like every week these days we learn about another violent attack at an apartment complex near the University of Central Florida (UCF.)  This week was no exception. According to the OrlandoSentinel.com website, an unidentified man was shot in the back when he was approached by a gunman in the parking lot of the Marquee Apartments located across the street from UCF.  Apparently the man robbed the victim, and shot him as he was trying to leave.  Unfortunately, the Marquee Apartments have been the scene of several violent crimes in recent times. Our thoughts and prayers obviously go out to the victim of the shooting.  Nobody parks their car in a commercial parking lot in a college area and expects to be the victim of violence in apartments near UCF – and nobody should.  With all of the reported violent crimes in the area around UCF, one would think that the businesses in that area would be taking a serious look at security and making improvements. All businesses owe their patrons a duty to provide reasonable security under the circumstances.  If an area is particularly violent or crime-ridden, security measures will need to be heightened.  Many times this will mean that a business needs to employ additional security officers.  Sometimes it may mean installing gates, doors, or security cameras. It would be interesting to learn what the Marquee Apartment was doing in terms of security.  When the owners see their apartment complex named in multiple stories about violent crime over series of weeks or month, it would seem like they might be taking extraordinary measures to prove to the public that their complex is safe.  It clearly seems like they still have some work to do. If you have any questions regarding a violent attack at an apartment complex or any business or commercial enterprise, or if you want to learn about any aspect of a Florida negligent security case, please call Winter Park personal injury/wrongful death attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901 or visit our website at...

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Chaos Surrounding Insurance Coverage For Assaults, Batteries, and Liquor Liability For Florida Bars

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Negligent Security

Chaos Surrounding Insurance Coverage For Assaults, Batteries, and Liquor Liability For Florida Bars

If you were innocently assaulted, stabbed, or even shot at a Florida nightclub, bar, or restaurant, would you expect that the owner of the business would have insurance to help you pay your medical bills or damages? You might be surprised to learn that many – if not most – restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in Florida, do not carry proper insurance to response to such negligent security claims.  And many of these businesses do not even know it. Many commercial general liability insurance policies contain exclusions that negate insurance coverage for losses related to assaults, batteries, or any liabilities related to alcohol consumption in any way.  These exclusions have been interpreted very broadly by courts so as to give insurance companies a lot of protection, but they leave businesses sometimes helplessly directly exposed to injury or wrongful death claims. Insurance agents rarely bring these exclusions to the attention of their commercial insurance clients, and many agents and insurance companies will not offer or include alcohol liability or assault and battery coverage for a business unless it is specifically requested. To make matters more confusing, there is little uniformity in these types of coverage, so the business owner rarely knows exactly what he is purchasing, even when he specifically asks for it. For example, some liquor liability policies feature declining limits provisions that reduce the available insurance limits by the amount of attorneys’ fees incurred in the defending the claim. In a case involving sustained litigation, a bar owner might find there is little or no insurance money left at the end of the case to compensate the injury victim. Another potentially problematic area concerns coverage for off-premises activities. For example, if a restaurant or bar participates in a festival or “Taste Of…” event off of its normal premises, liquor liability coverage might not apply. If you are injured in a fight or similar event, or injured as a result of the service or providing of alcohol at a bar or restaurant, securing a copy of the business’ insurance policy will be critical to understanding your options.  At the same time, if you are business owner that faces a claim arising our of alcohol consumption or an assault or battery, and your insurance company is trying to avoid covering you, you may want to consult with an attorney to find out what rights you may have. If you have questions regarding a potential claim against a Florida restaurant, bar, or nightclub, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen or Robert Hemphill at...

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Paralyzed Victims of Florida Accidents May Benefit From New Medical Research

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

New medical research focusing on repairing damaged nerve structures shows promise for people who have suffered significant spinal injuries, according to a new article on the WFTV.com website. The federal Food and Drug Administration just approved a trial study that will seek to treat people between the ages of 18 and 50 years old who are in the acute phase of a significant spinal injury.  The study focuses on the injection of what are called Schwann cells. Schwann cells are not to be confused with fetal stem cells.  Schwann cells are adult cells that specialize in sending electrical signals throughout the body’s nervous system.  Schwann cells can easily be harvested from adults through a simple biopsy.  Based upon years of research, scientists know that Schwann cells have multiple capabilities, but are most interested in the way that Schwann cells can surround axons that have lost insulation after an injury.  These damaged axons keep the nerves from communicating with each other.  It is hoped that Schwann cells can be used to redirect and/or repair nerve pathways around and/or through injured areas of the spine. The study protocol calls from seriously injured people to be injected with Schwann cells at the site of their injury between 26 and 45 days after an injury.  The injured people will then be followed for a year to see if there has been any improvement to function. Should this protocol prove successful, this would obviously be outstanding news for Florida accident victims, or anyone whose spine has been injured in a traumatic fashion.  Based upon our experience representing accident victims across Florida who have become paralyzed after a severe spinal injury, we know that any return to function or normalcy – even if it does not represent a return to full health – can make a huge difference in a person’s life, and that of their family.  We are definitely going to keep our fingers crossed for the doctors and patients who will be involved in this study. If you have any questions after receiving a spinal injury in a Florida accident, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.  If your injuries were as a result of a car accident, get a FREE copy of Kim’s Book, “Asleep At The Wheel – 13 Mistakes The Insurance Company Desperately Hope You’ll Make After Your Florida Car Accident” at...

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