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Cement Truck Accident In Winter Haven On US17

Cement Truck Accident In Winter Haven On US17

Truck Accidents

A semi-truck struck a cement mixer on US17 in Winter Haven at the intersection with Winter Lake Road.  The collision occurred at approximately 7:45 a.m. on March 9, 2017.  The semi-truck was hauling a load of sand at the time of the collision and flipped on its side as...

Winter Haven High Speed Police Chase Ends In Car Accident

Winter Haven High Speed Police Chase Ends In Car Accident

Car Accidents

Police chased after a suicidal man driving a pickup truck in Winter Haven resulting in the man’s death and an injury to a third person in another vehicle.  The police chase ended on U.S. 27 between Cypress Gardens Boulevard and Thompson Nursery Road.  News reports...

$52 Million Verdict For Ocala Family

$52 Million Verdict For Ocala Family

Insurance Bad Faith

A total of $51,813.591 was awarded among six family members involved in a 2013 car accident in Marion County.  They were struck from behind while at a red light at the intersection of SE Maricamp Road and 31st Street in Ocala, Florida when Nathan Pyles failed to stop. The...

South Florida Avenue Accident Near Downtown Lakeland

South Florida Avenue Accident Near Downtown Lakeland

Car Accidents

Jeffrey Scott Phelts died in a car accident in Lakeland, Florida on March 4, 2017.  He was driving north on South Florida Avenue when he crossed over into oncoming traffic near Orange Street.  The accident happened at approximately 5:30 p.m.  The other driver involved...

Motorcyclist Killed In Head On Collision On CR630 In Ft. Meade

Motorcyclist Killed In Head On Collision On CR630 In Ft. Meade

Motorcycle Accidents

Philip Brown was riding a motorcycle on CR630 when he was struck head on by a pickup truck that was attempting to pass a truck.  Brown was 40 years old and died at the scene of the accident. The accident happened at approximately 6:00 a.m. when Jarrod Lee was westbound on CR630...

Pet Injury Bill Introduced In Florida Legislature

Pet Injury Bill Introduced In Florida Legislature

Personal Injury

Senator Dana Young and Representative Jared Moskowitz have filed respective bills seeking to legalize compensation for injuries or deaths to pets as result of negligence.  Under existing Florida law, pets are considered property for which there is no right to claim a wrongful...

Bartow Car Accident On US98 At Ernest Smith Blvd.

Bartow Car Accident On US98 At Ernest Smith Blvd.

Car Accidents

A major car accident was reported in Bartow, Florida at the intersection of US98 and Ernest Smith Boulevard.  From the Twitter photos, the damage is very severe.  Fortunately, The Ledger reported that there were no serious or life-threatening injuries.  Details of how...

Lakeland Considers Dixieland Proposals For South Florida Avenue

Lakeland Considers Dixieland Proposals For South Florida Avenue

Car Accidents

The City of Lakeland is considering proposals to fix traffic problems on South Florida Avenue through a 1.5 mile stretch known as “Dixieland.”  Dixieland is a strip of commercial properties along US98 that is just south and west of downtown Lakeland.  The issue...

Little Tikes Toddler Swing Recall Due To Injuries

Little Tikes Toddler Swing Recall Due To Injuries

Product Liability

Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure toddler swing A recall of Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure toddler swings has been issued and posted on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website.  It is recall number 17-096 and involves 540,000 units sold....

Semi-Truck Accident I-4 At Park Road With Injuries

Semi-Truck Accident I-4 At Park Road With Injuries

Truck Accidents

Hailey Ruiz lost control of her vehicle on I-4 near Park Road in Plant City, Florida at approximately 5:00 a.m. around mile marker 22.  Thereafter, she crossed over the median and struck a Coca-Cola semi-truck heading the opposite direction.  The accident caused the truck...

Neurosurgeon Gets Life In Prison For Botched Surgeries

Neurosurgeon Gets Life In Prison For Botched Surgeries

Medical Malpractice

The sentence is LIFE in prison for surgeon Christopher Duntsch. @NBCDFW #NBCDFWNow pic.twitter.com/Klfcq88Vft — Ken Kalthoff (@KenKalthoffNBC5) February 20, 2017 Christopher Duntsch, a neurosurgeon, was charged with aggravated assault and received a life sentence after several...

Same Specialty Not Required

Same Specialty Not Required

Medical Malpractice

In case number SC16-181, the Florida Supreme Court declined to adopt the “same specialty” rule for “standard of care” experts in Florida medical malpractice cases.  In 2012, the Florida Legislature amended section 766.102(5)(a), Fla. Stat. to require a...

Florida Doctor Accused Of False Skin Cancer Diagnoses

Florida Doctor Accused Of False Skin Cancer Diagnoses

Medical Malpractice

Although Dr. Marder owns a 12,700-square-foot home valued at $28 million, it can’t legally be seized in FL. https://t.co/2ZtBRbIOMg — Derm Media (@DermMedia) February 12, 2017 Dr. Gary Marder runs Marder Dermatology in Port St. Lucie, Florida and is reported to be accused...

Lakeland Hooters Restaurant Sued For Serving Too Much Alcohol

Lakeland Hooters Restaurant Sued For Serving Too Much Alcohol

Wrongful Death

Hooters Company Logo Jessica McCausland filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of her stepmother, Betty Monroe, suing the Hooters restaurant on US98 in North Lakeland.  David Joseph McCausland died in a car accident on November 6, 2015 when a Corvette driven by Timothy Alan...

Car Chase Ends In Crash In Lakeland

Car Chase Ends In Crash In Lakeland

Car Accidents

Lakeland Police officers began chasing a stolen car after it was discovered at a gas station on Lakeland Hills Boulevard on February 7, 2017.  Prior to locating the stolen vehicle, the Plant City Police Department had requested backup for a stolen car vehicle that was headed...

Liability For Injuries While Horse Riding In Florida

Liability For Injuries While Horse Riding In Florida

Personal Injury

In Florida, there is a general rule that the owner of a horse is not legally responsible for injuries that occur while allowing a third person to ride the horse.  There are a number of exceptions to this general rule outlined below. General Immunity For Horse Owner Is The...

Highland City Car Accident on US98 Near Smith Lane

Highland City Car Accident on US98 Near Smith Lane

Car Accidents

Amanda N. Robinson died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident on US98 going northbound near Smith Lane in Highland City, Florida.  The Ledger reports that the accident happened at approximately 4:10 p.m. on February 1, 2017 when Robinson went off the right shoulder...

Pedestrian Hit Crossing Massachusetts Ave. in Lakeland

Pedestrian Hit Crossing Massachusetts Ave. in Lakeland

Wrongful Death

Terry Joe Young died of injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident on Massachusetts Avenue in Lakeland, Florida on January 31, 2017.  The accident happened at approximately 6:07 a.m. when Young was hit by Margaret Bowman going southbound on Massachusetts Ave.  Bowman was...

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