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4 Ultra-Critical Things To Know After A Florida Car Accident

So you, a friend, or loved one, has been injured in a Florida car accident… Right now, you (or they) are probably facing a lot of complications, inconveniences, or worse, in your life that you (or they) didn’t anticipate – and certainly didn’t ask for.  Some of those issues might be: *  Your car is damaged and either needs to be repaired, or completely replaced *  You have started to incur medical expenses — starting with a huge emergency room bill  (how do those bills get so large in so short a time?) —  that you aren’t sure how you are going to pay *  Your injuries are such that cannot go back to your job right now, and you are wondering how you are going to make ends meet, and whether you are going to be able to keep your job *  Your injuries hurt so badly right now that , you are not sure if they are ever going to completely heal, and you wonder what the rest of your life is going to look like. *  You have car insurance, but you really don’t know what all of those different coverage mean, or how they work *  You’ve heard some ads on the radio with catchy jingles talking about “lawyer referral services”, but you are not sure if that kind of thing is right for you Believe it or not, these are same concerns that thousands of Floridians have every day following car accidents.  While each of these issues presents its own set of challenges, none of them is impossible to solve – with the right...
Our Citrus Bowl Turf Lawsuit Settlement Draws More Media Attention

Our Citrus Bowl Turf Lawsuit Settlement Draws More Media Attention

Local media attention narrowed against the City of Orlando Venues department recently, largely as the result of the litigation work we did in our recent case involving poor turf conditions in the Orlando Citrus Bowl in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl.  (In fairness, the photo above shows the turf during the 2009 Capital One Bowl, but this was the same turf that our client, Graig Cooper, was injured playing on just a few days prior.) In the second of what promises to be a multi-part series regarding the case, local journalist Mike Cantone (@mikecantone), details how little Orlando Venues Director, Allan Johnson, seemed to know about the readiness of the Citrus Bowl playing surface for the 2009 bowl games.  Many Central Floridians will remember that field conditions at the Citrus Bowl in 2009 were deplorable. Click here to read the story in detail. After reading Mr. Cantone’s article, Bob and I were both surprised that Allan Johnson actually answered, “I don’t recall” approximately 70 times during his deposition.  We knew he provided that answer to a lot of questions, but we couldn’t imagine that it was close to 70 times over the course of a couple of hours of questioning. Many witnesses in our cases think it plays to their advantage to answer questions with “I don’t recall.”  In some cases, it is probably a truthful answer.  Other times, I suppose witnesses reason that if they don’t give substantive answers, those answers cannot be used against them later. However, at some point, “I don’t recall” starts to look pretty poor.  When it is used a significant number of times...

Volusia Wrongful Death | Insurance Agency Negligence (Errors and Omissions)

Our client was the surviving spouse of a 35-year old man who was tragically killed in a head-on pickup truck versus refrigerated food truck crash that occurred in Pierson, a town in the rural part of Volusia County, Florida. Our client came to us after a large, Orlando TV personal injury law firm had withdrawn. The firm had been offered the refrigerated food truck driver’s $10,000 in bodily injury liability insurance coverage, and had advised our client to accept the offer and move on. After meeting with our client, we knew that she had a valuable claim under the Florida Wrongful Death Act. Her deceased husband had an established earnings history, and would have expected to continue earning income over approximately the next 30 years. His lost wages (also called “loss of support and services” under the Florida Wrongful Death Act) were over $1 million. Our client’s emotional pain and suffering claim was also valuable, as there was plenty of evidence that she and her husband had a loving marriage, and the loss of his life and companionship was devastating to her. We had to figure out a way to recover more money for our client, since all the information in our possession suggested that the refrigerated truck driver had really only purchased $10,000 in liability insurance, even though he was operating a vehicle that weighed over 12 tons, and that could clearly cause catastrophic injuries if it was involved in a crash. After doing some investigation, filing a lawsuit, and taking the refrigerated truck driver’s deposition, we were able to assert a claim against the truck driver’s insurance...

Families Of Women Killed In Plant City Need To Know What Questions To Ask About Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Our thoughts and prayers go out to four families that are mourning loved ones after a fatal car crash in Plant City last week.  According to WESH.com, Rolando Silva lost control of his BMW, and crashed head-on into a Joseph Vizcarrondo’s Cadillac, in which Lauren Phillips and Jenna Kelly were riding as passengers.  Everyone involved the crash perished. As Florida accident attorneys, we know that families faced with such a sudden and tragic loss often have questions.  Most non-lawyers know nothing about the Florida Wrongful Death Act, and most have little familiarity with Florida automobile insurance polices, insurance law, or specifically, Uninsured Motorist coverage. Media reports appear to place fault with Mr. Silva.  If that is accurate, then the survivors of each person traveling in the Cadillac would have claims against Mr. Silva.  Hopefully Mr. Sliva carried sizable bodily injury liability policy limits in order to fairly compensate the victims.  If Mr. Vizcarrondo shared fault for causing the crash, then Ms. Silva, Ms. Phillips, and Ms. Kelly might also have bodily injury liability claims against him. In the event that there is not sufficient bodily injury liability coverage available, each family will want to ask about Uninsured Motorist coverage.  They will want to find out if their deceased family member carried Uninsured Motorist coverage on any car that he or she owned.  Additionally, family members will want to find out if any of the decedents was a resident relative of anyone who carried Uninsured Motorist coverage. Most people do not realize that it is possible to access Uninsured Motorist benefits, even if the coverage wasn’t in your name, and...

Interstate 4 multi-vehicle collision | Bilateral knee surgeries

Our client was a truck driver operating an 18-wheel semi tractor trailer on I-4 in Orlando.  It was the after work rush hour, and our client was was moving along slowly with traffic in the middle lane.  Without warning, a driver in an automobile approached his vehicle on the left side at a high rate of speed and attempted to squeeze into a space in front of our client’s truck.  Unfortunately, there was no room for our client to take any evasive action, so a significant impact occurred. The force of the impact was felt inside our client’s cab, where both of his knees impacted the dashboard.  As he began to gather himself and open the driver’s door to get down and check on the driver of the car, our client’s truck was rear-ended by a pickup truck hauling a trailer-full of watermelons.  The driver of the pickup truck testified that he didn’t realize how heavy his truck was with the load of watermelons and he simply could not bring his truck to a stop with the additional weight.  Our client’s right knee suffered a second impact with the door frame as a result of the rear-end accident. Our client eventually had two arthoscopic knee surgeries, and unfortunately began having a lot of trouble with arthritis and scar tissue in both knee joints.  He suffered with a lot of pain and discomfort, and his range of motion and function was diminished.  Our client’s treating, Board-certified orthpaedic surgeon restricted him from lifting heavy weights and from sitting for long periods of time.  As a result, our client experienced significant wage...

Intersection Collision | Neck and low back surgeries

Our client was stopped at an intersection when a food delivery truck blew through a red light, collided with another vehicle, and careened into our client’s truck.  Our client was sore and stiff, but did not immediately recognize the severity of his injuries.  He worked light duty for many months, but the pain in the his neck and back just would not go away.  Eventually he visited an orthopedic surgeon who diagnosed him with herniated discs in his neck and low back.  The defendant always doubted whether the accident caused our client’s spinal conditions, and attributed them to a life of hard, physical work and the aging process. Our client had a three-level cervical fusion surgery performed at C3-4, C4-5, and C5-6.  He also had a lumbar fusion from L3-4 to L5-S1.  Both fusion surgeries required the installation of hardware to hold the spine in alignment. Our client could not return to his work as an industrial pump repairman.  His ability to acquire new work was hindered by his lack of formal education.  Lost wages and loss of earning capacity were significant parts of his claim. Awarded: Confidential Settlement Prior results do not guarantee similar...

Rear-end Collision with Semi Truck | Brain/Spinal Injuries

Our client was a rear passenger in a taxi cab that was rear-ended by a food delivery truck.  He was shaken up at the accident and immediately complained of a neck injury.  He received conservative care for his neck injury, but had no other immediate complaints.  Over time, he seemed to change in terms of depression, mood changes, irritability, and disorganization.  Approximately, three years after the crash he was diagnosed with a brain injury and began brain injury rehabilitation. At the time of the accident, our client was enjoying a successful career in marketing, first as a branding executive at a Fortune 500 company, and then as a consultant working for various small to medium-sized businesses.  Over time, his falling productivity and lack of motivation caused him to lose his career, his income, and ultimatley his home. While the food company and its insurance company admitted fault for rear-ending the taxi, they never believed the seriousness of the plaintiff’s injuries, and particularly his brain injury.  The case was tried before an Orange County jury, which ultimately rendered a verdict in our client’s favor. Awarded: $1,400,000.00 Jury Verdict Prior results do not guarantee similar...

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