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On May 12, 2017, a female from Windermere, Florida was driving her vehicle on Challenger Tech Court. As she approached the intersection with Challenger Parkway, she was hit by a vehicle driven by a male from Sanford, Florida. As a result of this Orlando car accident, the female driver suffered a range of injuries that have caused her ongoing pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish and substantial expenses for medical treatment.
Law enforcement officers are meant to protect the public. Often times, an officer’s encounter with the public is simple and straight forward – a routine traffic stop or an arrest for shoplifting. At times, however, the occupation can place an officer in significant danger. That is what happened to an eight-year veteran of the Orlando Police Department.
Revisions to a current law scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, have James O. Cunningham and other Orlando personal injury lawyers very concerned about the impact they could have on injured people getting the fair and just compensation they deserve from negligent drivers. Under the current law, all drivers are required to purchase Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance, which helps ensure that anyone injured in an auto accident will have some coverage for medical bills whether they were at fault for causing the accident or not. Under Florida law (Title XXXVII, 627.736), PIP insurance covers up to 80 percent of medical bills up to a maximum of $10,000, 60 percent of the injured party’s lost wages, as well as a $10,000 death benefit in the case of a fatal accident.
Attorneys representing Florida A & M University have asked a judge to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the institution in connection with the hazing death of marching band drum major Robert Champion in 2011. FAMU lawyer Richard Mitchell requested Judge Walter Komanski to throw out the lawsuit filed by the victim’s family on the grounds that the victim willfully submitted to and participated in the hazing ritual that caused the injuries that led to his death. Orlando wrongful death attorney James O. Cunningham is monitoring developments in this case very closely, as the judge’s ruling could have far-reaching implications in Florida wrongful death lawsuits.
Law enforcement agencies throughout Florida recently used some very unorthodox tactics to catch drivers disobeying the rules of the road. Officers dressed as leprechauns, prostitutes, elves, vagrants, political protesters, tourists, golfers and in other garb besides their usual uniforms positioned themselves at intersections and along busy roadways in sting operations that were very successful.
A young man was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries recently after getting his hand caught in a machine at an Orlando bakery. Details about the workplace accident are still sketchy, but police say the young man was working at around 12:30 a. m. one recent morning when his hand got caught in the auger of a machine at Aladdin Food and Bakery at 655 S. Golden Rod Road in the Rio Plaza. Firefighters arrived shortly after the accident and worked for around an hour to free the young man’s hand from the machine. They say he was preparing a large batch of bread dough when his hand got caught in the auger. Although they did not disclose the extent of the victim’s injuries, firefighters said that the teen’s fingers were intact when they extracted his hand from the machine. They said that after they freed him from the machine, they wrapped his injured hand in gauze and transported him to Arnold Palmer Hospital for treatment.
Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham would like to alert Florida parents and grandparents about a recall that affects children’s swimwear due to a potential strangulation hazard. Build-A-Bear Workshop of St. Louis, in connection with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, has recently announced that their Swimwear Set With Inflatable Inner Tube is being voluntarily recalled and parents who own these garments should stop using them immediately. Any retailers who have this product on their shelves are ordered by the CPSC to remove this product immediately as it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell any recalled product.
A 19-year-old DeBary man has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of reckless driving causing serious injury in connection with a “car surfing” incident. Police say the man was behind the wheel of a 2001 Nissan Xterra when he lost control and threw two passengers riding on the outside. Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham would like to caution all Florida drivers that it only takes a moment to do something that you’ll regret for the rest of your life, and this sad story is an unfortunate example of this.
A 2003 law that dismayed Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham and other attorneys throughout Florida may be headed for review before the state Supreme Court. That year, lawmakers passed legislation effectively capping the amount of pain-and-suffering damages that could be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits at $1 million. Professional organizations such as the American Bar Association, the AARP and the Florida Justice Association have filed briefs recently supporting the challenge to the controversial $1 million pain-and-suffering cap and question the constitutionality of the law.
Orlando personal injury attorneys, public safety officials, Central Florida law enforcement agencies and many others are very excited about a new way to teach children about pedestrian safety. The Children’s Safety Village in Orlando has taught at least 8,000 children from Central Florida counties how to be safe when crossing or walking near streets and highways, and the program has inspired other communities to build their own safety villages. Safety village designers are proactively protecting the lives of area children and helping to combat the Orlando area’s reputation as the most dangerous place in the country for pedestrians.