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Gross Negligence May Overcome Work Comp Immunity

Gross Negligence May Overcome Work Comp Immunity

Personal Injury

In the case of Ramsey v. Dewitt Excavating, Inc., Case Number 5D17-311 (Fla. 5th DCA June 15, 2018), Florida’s Fifth DCA held that there was enough evidence to allow a jury to decide whether a fellow co-worker of Mr. Ramsey was grossly negligent in turning on a concrete mixer...

Timing Of Suggestion Of Death And The Hearing To Substitute Parties

Timing Of Suggestion Of Death And The Hearing To Substitute Parties

Personal Injury

In the case of Stern v. Horwitz, Case Number 2D17-3044 (Fla. 2d DCA May 30, 2018), a suggestion of death was filed after one of the parties to the lawsuit died and a dismissal was reversed because the 90 day time period under Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.260(a) does not require that the trial...

Remittitur And How To Correct An Error By The Jury

Remittitur And How To Correct An Error By The Jury

Car Accidents

In the case of Nieves v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Case Number 5D17-893 (Fla. 5th DCA May 25, 2018), State Farm challenged all of the damages awarded to the plaintiff with a “remittitur” and ends up getting a new trial just on the narrow issue of the...

Marriage After Accident Upheld In Wrongful Death Claim

Marriage After Accident Upheld In Wrongful Death Claim

Car Accidents

In the case of Dominos Pizza, LLC v. Wiederhold, 5D16-2794 (Fla. 5th DCA 2018), an injured person got married after becoming injured but before his death.  After his death, his surviving spouse sued the driver (and Dominos Pizza for vicarious liability) for causing the accident and...

UM Rejection Form Cannot Be Made Orally In Florida

UM Rejection Form Cannot Be Made Orally In Florida

Car Accidents

In the case of Jervis v. Castaneda, Case Number 4D17-332, GEICO sought to enforce a UM rejection form that was “electronically signed” by the plaintiff. The Fourth DCA held that electronic process used did not comply with Florida’s UM statute and was void. In...

Liability For Battery Acid Spilled Onto Roadway

Liability For Battery Acid Spilled Onto Roadway

Personal Injury

In the case of Simon’s Trucking, Inc. v. Lieupo, Case Number 1D17-2065, the First DCA held that section 376.313, Fla. Stat. does not permit a private right of action for personal injuries and certified a question of great public importance to the Florida Supreme Court. Facts Of...

Florida’s “One Expert Per Specialty” Rule Explained

Florida’s “One Expert Per Specialty” Rule Explained

Medical Malpractice

The So-Called One Expert Per Specialty Rule The “one expert per specialty” rule was addressed in Gutierrez v. Vargas, SC15-1924 (March 22, 2018) by the Florida Supreme Court. What Happened in the Case Gutierrez (a minor child) brought a medical malpractice case against...

Comparative Fault of Wrongful Death Survivor in Florida

Comparative Fault of Wrongful Death Survivor in Florida

Personal Injury

What happens when one of the survivors in a wrongful death case bears some degree of fault and there was a settlement? The answer to this question can be found in Hess v. Hess, 758 So. 2d 1203 (Fla. 4th DCA 2000) in that the probate judge should determine comparative fault among the...

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