April 2012 Archives

South Miami metro accident hits close to home

For this car accident lawyer, this one hits very close to home as fellow West indian, Kirk Camacho, and his family have suffered an unbearable loss due to the beyond negligent actions of a fellow Miami driver. My heart breaks for the loss that this family is dealing with.

The accident happened just a few miles south of our office at Southwest 184th Street and the busway that runs adjacent to South Dixie Highway in the southern Miami metro area. Mr. Camacho was travelling with his two daughters eastbound on SW 184th Street early Friday morning. When crossing the intersection with the busway, the mini-van that the Camachos were in was practically cut in half by a Range Rover Sport that was heading southbound illegally in the busway and without the right of way at the light.

The youngest daughter, Kaely, was sitting in the rear passenger seat and was airlifted to Ryder Traum Center, where she died. Her father and sister also suffered injuries but were released from the hospital. The driver of the Range Rover, 38-year-old Sandor Guillen, actually attempted to flee the scene of the accident. Law enforcement officers created a perimeter around the area and were able to apprehend the at fault driver.

NBC reports that Guillen has been charged with several criminal charges, including DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. Investigators also report that speed was clearly another factor in this case based on the damage to the vehicles.

Again my sincere condolences go out to the Camacho family as they go through this most difficult time.

In addition to the criminal charges, Guillen will face claims for damages due to the losses this family has suffered as a result of this accident. There are several potential claims which the Camacho family may pursue, including wrongful death.

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Florida Governor approves major claim bills

Florida Governor, Rick Scott, made a significant move recently by signing three claim bills that have monumental consequences to those involved. These are three bills relating to negligence claims that required the at fault parties to compensate the victims.

One of the bills , named HB 965, forces the Lee County Hospital to pay Aaron Edwards almost $15 million for permanent injuries. Edwards suffered permanent injuries to his brain during his birth in 1997 at the facility. Significant hospital errors during his delivery have left him confined to a wheelchair and without speech.

Yet another bill approved by Scott requires payment to Eric Brody. Brody also suffered severe brain damage after an auto accident with a Broward County Sheriff Officer who was at fault. Brody is to receive almost 11 million dollars.

The third bill relates to the notorious Rachel Hoffman case. Hoffman, a 23 year old student at Florida State University, agreed to act as an informant for the Tallahassee police. In what appears to be a drug sting gone array, the young lady was murdered. Her parents then filed a wrongful death claim against the city, payment for which was approved by the Governor.

Our Florida Governor did, however veto a separate bill awarding $1.4 million to an amputee. Don Brown lost his leg in an auto accident with a Sumter school bus. The Governor, believed the award to be excessive.

As a Personal injury lawyer I would like to remind the readers of this article that these damages that have been awarded are minor reflections of the true loss suffered by the injury victims. It is because, as an attorney, I understand this, that I fight for maximum money and benefits for each and every client.

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