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Direct Punitive Liability Against A Corporation

Direct Punitive Liability Against A Corporation

Wrongful Death

In the case of Florida Power & Light Company v. Tricia Dominguez, as PR for the Estate of Justin Dominguez, Case Number 2D18-2363 (Fla. 2d DCA October 25, 2019), Florida’s Second DCA held that direct corporate liability for punitive damages requires willful or wanton...

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...

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...

Applicability Of Rescue Doctrine To Accident With State Trooper

Applicability Of Rescue Doctrine To Accident With State Trooper

Wrongful Death

State Trooper William Trampass Bishop died when he was hit by a car on I-75 while responding to a traffic accident on June 17, 2017 near mile marker 403 in High Springs, Florida.  Bishop was a 30-year veteran of the HIghway Patrol.  He was outside of his patrol vehicle...

Out Of Control Car Kills Pedestrian On Sidewalk At Beacon Road

Out Of Control Car Kills Pedestrian On Sidewalk At Beacon Road

Wrongful Death

Steven Higgins died on April 17, 2017 after being struck as a pedestrian on the sidewalk of Beacon Road in Lakeland, Florida.  The accident happened at approximately 4:44 p.m. when a 2001 Nissan Sentra driven by Steven Statterfield lost control of his vehicle and struck a street...

23-Year-Old Passenger Dies In North Lakeland Accident

23-Year-Old Passenger Dies In North Lakeland Accident

Wrongful Death

Rachel Nicole Tew, 23-years-old, died on March 27, 2017 after an accident on Deeson Road in Lakeland, Florida.  Tew was a passenger in a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by Haley Carnley.  The accident happened at approximately 9:15 pm. as Carnley attempted to stop for...

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...

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...

Crossover Accident on CR557 in Lake Alfred

Crossover Accident on CR557 in Lake Alfred

Wrongful Death

A crossover car accident in Lake Alfred, Florida on January 23, 2017 at approximately 1:15 a.m. took the life of Joseph Senatus.  Senatus was 49 years old and died after another driver, Mario Alejandro Rodriguez, crossed over the center line of CR557 striking Senatus’s...

Lakeland Driver Causes Wrong Way DUI Accident On I-4

Lakeland Driver Causes Wrong Way DUI Accident On I-4

Wrongful Death

Travis Coats was intoxicated and driving the wrong way on I-4 in Polk County on January 14, 2017 when he caused a fatal crash.  Coats has been charged with DUI manslaughter, DUI with property damage, and DUI and driving in the wrong direction.  The accident caused the death...

Pedestrian Hit While Crossing Lakeland Hills Boulevard

Pedestrian Hit While Crossing Lakeland Hills Boulevard

Wrongful Death

John Robert Lynn was hit as a pedestrian while crossing the street at the 2100 block of Lakeland Hills Boulevard on January 12, 2017.  Mr. Lynn died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.  He was 63 years old.  The accident happened at approximately 6:15...

Truck Hits Pedestrian on Sidewalk on Harden Boulevard

Truck Hits Pedestrian on Sidewalk on Harden Boulevard

Car Accidents

Glenn Gillenwater was a pedestrian on the sidewalk on the west side of Harden Boulevard in Lakeland, Florida when he was struck by a pickup truck that had swerved and lost control.  Gillenwater was 63 years old.  The accident happened at approximately 2:45 p.m. when Michael...

DUI Accident Results In Death Of Innocent Driver

DUI Accident Results In Death Of Innocent Driver

Car Accidents

The innocent driver in a DUI accident on SR 60 at Falkenburg Road on January 4, 2017 died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.  This accident happened when Johnathan Honza was headed westbound on SR60 and ran a red light.  The accident happened at...

Neighborhood Bicycle Accident Takes Life Of 6-Year-Old Boy

Neighborhood Bicycle Accident Takes Life Of 6-Year-Old Boy

Wrongful Death

Six-year-old, Camari Dennison, was on a bicycle and died as a result of an accident on New Year’s Day 2017 on 10th Street in Apopka, Florida.  The accident happened at approximately 3:30 p.m. when Soraya Youngblood struck Camari on his bicycle after he rode from a driveway...

Lakeland Pedestrian Dies in Accident on Broadway Street

Lakeland Pedestrian Dies in Accident on Broadway Street

Wrongful Death

Robert McNeely was crossing Broadway Street as a pedestrian near the intersection of Lakewood Court when he was struck and killed by an SUV on December 18, 2016.  McNeely was only 22 years old at the time of this death.  The accident happened at approximately 11:20 p.m....

Walgreens Sued for Forcing Customer to Clean Bathroom

Walgreens Sued for Forcing Customer to Clean Bathroom

Personal Injury

A lawsuit against Walgreens alleges that a customer, Fernando Elizarraras, was forced by store employees to clean a soiled bathroom after using it at an store in Orlando, Florida.  The original lawsuit (Case Number 2016-CA-009159, filed in the Ninth Judicial Circuit for Orange...

Semi-Truck Accident with Farm Tractor on SR674

Semi-Truck Accident with Farm Tractor on SR674

Truck Accidents

James Simmons died after being struck by a semi-truck on SR674 just east of Owens Road on December 5, 2016 at approximately 3:00 p.m.  The accident happened in the afternoon when Tommy Mars was headed westbound on SR674.  Mars was driving the semi-truck and struck Simmons,...

Hit and Run Accident with Bicyclist in Crosswalk

Hit and Run Accident with Bicyclist in Crosswalk

Wrongful Death

A bicyclist was hit and killed at approximately 3:22 a.m. on November 27, 2016 at the intersection of Hillsborough Avenue and Himes Avenue in Tampa, Florida.  The bicyclist was in the crosswalk at the time of the accident according to Tampa Police.  After the accident, the...

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