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Only One Policy Limit for Mid-Air Collision

Only One Policy Limit for Mid-Air Collision

Aviation Accident

In the case of Perry Hodges, Jr., et. al v. Aurora Cecelia Scarpati Ripalda, et. al, (Fla. 4th DCA March 24, 2021), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that a mid-air collision was a single occurrence and that only one policy limit applied to the aviation accident at the flight...

2021 Changes to Florida Summary Judgment Rule 1.510

2021 Changes to Florida Summary Judgment Rule 1.510

Personal Injury

In SC20-1490 (December 31, 2020), the Florida Supreme Court amended the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure 1.510 to make it easier for judges to decide issues at a summary judgment hearing rather than a jury trial. The Old Rule v. The New Rule Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.510(c) (prior to...

Hotel Golf Cart Owes No Duty After Rider Disembarks

Hotel Golf Cart Owes No Duty After Rider Disembarks

Personal Injury

In the case of Curtis Luckman v. Alfred Harris Wills, et al., Case Number 3D19-453 (Fla. 3rd DCA July 29, 2020), Florida’s Third DCA held that a hotel operating a complimentary golf cart had no duty after the passenger voluntarily disembarked. Facts of the Case Luckman...

No Claim For Losing Cremated Remains Under Impact Rule

No Claim For Losing Cremated Remains Under Impact Rule

Personal Injury

In the case of Deon Williams v. Boyd-Panciera Family Funeral Care, Inc., Case Numbers 4D19-473 and 4D19-838, Florida’s Fourth DCA held that the parents of a deceased child had no claim for emotional distress after a funeral home lost the cremated remains of their child because...

Overcharging For Medical Records When Request Comes From A Lawyer

Overcharging For Medical Records When Request Comes From A Lawyer

Personal Injury

In the case of Patricia Webber v. Bactes Imaging Solutions, Inc. n/k/a Sharecare Health Data Services, LLC, Case Numbers 2D18-2964 and 2D18-4813 (Fla. 2d DCA January 15, 2020), Florida’s Second DCA held that overcharging for patient records just because the request for records...

Amendment Relates Back Even If New Element Is Added

Amendment Relates Back Even If New Element Is Added

Personal Injury

In the case of Kelly Mitchell v. Applebee’s Services, Inc., Case Number 1D18-2555 (Fla. 1st DCA October 1, 2019), Florida’s First DCA held that an amendment after the expiration of the statute of limitations that introduces a new element to the same cause of action...

Defendant’s Medical Records Generally Not Discoverable

Defendant’s Medical Records Generally Not Discoverable

Personal Injury

In the case of Maureen Stoyka v. Mary Grecz, Michael Grecz, The Tides at Bridgeside Square Condominium, and Dag M. Hansson, Case Number 4D19-1607 (Fla. 4th DCA October 2, 2019), Florida’s Fourth DCA reiterated that a defendant’s medical records in a personal injury case...

Trial By Ambush Not Allowed

Trial By Ambush Not Allowed

Personal Injury

In the case of Gurin Gold, LLC, et. al v. Charles Dixon, Case number 4D18-2156 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019), Florida’s Fourth DCA excluded the opinion of a doctor who reviewed MRI’s during trial for the first time and formed new opinions, long after the expiration of expert...

Pre-Injury Release For Gym Membership Fails

Pre-Injury Release For Gym Membership Fails

Personal Injury

In the case of Lazaro Fresnedo v. Porky’s Gym III, Inc., Case Number 3D17-1126 (Fla. 3rd DCA April 24, 2019), Florida’s Third DCA held that the pre-injury waiver and release form was not “clear and unequivocal” and was, therefore, void. Underlying...

Consortium Claims Often Cannot Be Separated From The Injury Claim

Consortium Claims Often Cannot Be Separated From The Injury Claim

Personal Injury

In the case of Jessica Conti v. James Auchter and Ashlee Auchter, Case Number 5D18-696 (Fla. 5th DCA March 15, 2019), Florida’s Fifth DCA held that losing on a proposal for settlement for the wife’s consortium claim results in a sanction for attorney fees and costs for...

Lee County Memorial Lien Law Declared Unconstitutional

Lee County Memorial Lien Law Declared Unconstitutional

Personal Injury

In the case of Lee Memorial Health System v. Progressive Select Insurance Company, the Florida Supreme Court held that Lee County’s hospital lien ordinance was unconstitutional as a “special law” improperly impairing private contracts. The LMHS Lien Law And How...

Joint and Several Liability Not Substantive Right In Florida

Joint and Several Liability Not Substantive Right In Florida

Personal Injury

In the case of Brown & Brown, Inc. v. James T. Gelsomino and Ace American Insurance Company, Case Number 4D17-3737 (Fla. 4th DCA November 28, 2018), Florida’s Fourth DCA held that a right to have a case outcome determined by the joint and several liability scheme in...

Florida Supreme Court Disagrees With Using Daubert Standard

Florida Supreme Court Disagrees With Using Daubert Standard

Personal Injury

In the case of Richard Delisle v. Crane Co., Case Number SC16-2182 (Fla. October 15, 2018), the Florida Supreme Court announced its disapproval of the Daubert standard as an unconstitutional infringement on the Court’s rule making authority.  The Court had previously...

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