The summer weather in Florida invites outdoor enthusiasts to take to the woods to ride their ATVs on the challenging trails. Unfortunately, not all participants recognize the risks of doing this while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Operating such a vehicle while under the influence could lead to wrongful death claims against the driver if passengers are killed in accidents.
In Aug. 2015, Orlando police arrested a Florida man after they sent a canine officer to find where he was hiding. Reportedly, this followed an armed robbery of a convenience store. After his arrest, the man received medical treatment at a public medical facility for hand and leg wounds that were caused by dog bites during the struggle. He was later transferred to the infirmary of the county jail where alleged deliberate indifference led to his death, in turn leading to a wrongful death claim filed by his family in 2017.
Tiger Woods and his restaurant, The Woods Jupiter in Florida, are accused of being responsible for the death of an employee last December. The family of a 24-year-old man who worked as a bartender at the restaurant claims that staff at the restaurant served him with alcohol while they knew of his problems as an alcoholic. They filed a wrongful death lawsuit in pursuit of damage recovery.
Motorcyclists in Florida and elsewhere will always be vulnerable. The smaller size of a motorcycle and the fact that auto drivers often don't see bikers approach lead to many accidents in which motorcyclists lose their lives. A significant number of wrongful death lawsuits that move through the state's civil courts involve car vs. motorcycle accidents.
If the negligence of one person causes the death of another, the civil justice system allows the surviving family members or a personal representative of the estate of the deceased person to seek recovery of damages. Wrongful death lawsuits are filed independently from any criminal proceedings against an alleged killer. While criminal convictions required proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to be established by the prosecution, a civil lawsuit in Florida requires only a preponderance of evidence to document negligence.
One of the worst highway accidents over the holidays happened on Interstate 75 in Florida on Thursday, Dec. 27. The latest reports indicate that a 59-year-old big rig driver allegedly caused a fiery crash that led to his own death and killed six others. If any wrongful death lawsuits follow, this driver's estate will likely be named as a defendant.
Losing a loved one during the holidays will likely always mar the celebrations in years to come. Sadly, many innocent lives are lost on the Florida highways at this time of the year. This is likely evident in the number of wrongful death lawsuits that are filed at the beginning of each year.
West Palm Beach police are investigating a driver who allegedly caused a fatal crash on Oct. 20. He is suspected of speeding and driving with a blood alcohol content of almost double the limit allowed in Florida. However, regardless of whether he is criminally charged, he might face two wrongful death and two personal injury civil claims. Reportedly, the accident occurred in the early morning hours of a Saturday when the 24-year-old man allegedly disregarded a red light and crashed into another vehicle.
Motorcyclists have little protection, and they will always be vulnerable. Many wrongful death claims are filed in Florida civil courts after fatal collisions between motorcycles and other automobiles. Modern technology brings more advanced protection for motorists every year, while bikers rely on helmets and leather riding suits to limit the severity of the injuries they suffer in crashes. Thus, it is not surprising that few motorcycle riders survive collisions with other vehicles.
Before making the decision to go ahead with cosmetic surgery, it makes sense to do some research regarding the surgeon being considered for the procedure. An emergency order was recently issued to stop a Florida doctor from performing specific procedures. Reportedly, his resume indicates that his cosmetic surgery qualifications were earned by attending weekend courses. The order followed the death of a patient, which led to the medical malpractice accusations. The surviving family members of the deceased patient might also choose to take action by filing a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court.