phillips, hunt, walker & hanna Why Hire a Zip Line Accident and Amusement Park Accident Attorney?
The latest trend across the country seems to be zip lines- wires that hang in the sky which people can fly across with the help of a harness. Speeds can reach 50 to 60 mph and some lines are hung hundreds of feet off of the ground. Others fly over dangerous rocks or animals.
Statistics estimate 18 million people a year will use commercial zip lines, but few are aware there is little or no state or federal regulations regarding these amusement devices. Nationally, there has been 50 percent growth in the zip line industry recently. The Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) notes there were 320 sites in the US and Canada with zip lines in 2011.
phillips, hunt, walker & hanna Other Cases We Have Handled
Here is a write-up on a case we recently handled.
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyer Jacksonville
phillips & hunt Results
$495+ Million Verdict
Phillips obtained one of the largest verdicts in American history of over $495+ Million dollars in the shooting death of Kalil McCoy. Her killer was also convicted in the criminal courts.Details
Jordan Davis: Wrongful Death
Represented the family of Jordan Davis and assisted with criminal prosecution of Jordan's killer, handled media relations of internationally reported case and obtained confidential maximum available civil settlement.Details
Confidential settlement of over 120 cases against a pediatric dentist who was also prosecuted. We also assisted with shutting his dental practice down. He no longer practices dentistry and was arrested.Details
We received a record $2.6 Million Jury Verdict against Volusia County. It was one of the highest ever against Volusia County. Our trial was televised on Good Morning America and reported nationally.Details
RSD / CRPS Verdict
Obtained jury verdict in Jacksonville, Florida of over $900,000 and added attorneys fees of over $250,000 on a case State Farm only offered approximately $30,000 for years.Details
$1.1 Million Verdict Against Coca-Cola
We obtained an over $1 million jury verdict against Coca-Cola in moderate impact soft tissue damages case in Gainesville, Florida. Coca-Cola failed to even offer medical bills before trial.Details
Brain Injury Medical Malpractice
Phillips obtained a confidential settlement against a chiropractor who provided prescription pain medication to a boxer in advance of an Olympic qualifying fight. She sustained a brain injury due to secondary impact syndrome.Details
$1 Million Settlement
Client's child was tragically run over and killed by a motor vehicle in her driveway. Phillips and his team settled the case for over $1 Million without the need of filing a lawsuit.Details
Over $1 Million Settlement
Cliente recibió más de $ 1 millón en accidente automovilístico. También ayudamos a clientes que hablan español. We handle cases in English, Spanish and Creole.Details
top rated Attorney Waivers and Releases in Zip Line Accidents
And then there is the “waiver” or “release.” The defense claims the victim assumed the risk and had knowledge of the dangers, and in fact signed a waiver acknowledging they would be responsible if they were injured. Oftentimes, these “releases” aren’t worth the paper they are written on, despite being scary “legalese.” You can’t assume a risk you weren’t aware of in the first place and aren’t liable where someone else has been negligent by commission or omission causing you injury.
phillips, hunt, walker & hanna Regulation?
In Florida, there is some regulation of the industry by the Bureau of Fairs and Expositions. Florida Statute 616.242(2) delegates the authority for enforcement. Rides are supposed to be inspected every time they are set up. Permanent park and go-cart tracks are inspected annually and then six months later for re-certification. However, a lot is missed during these inspections regarding the structure(s), cable tension, terminations, deck supports, fasteners, staircases, and more. Other defects may be hidden.
top rated Attorney What Damages Can I Recover in My Zip Line Accident and Amusement Park Injury Case?
If the negligence of another party can be proved, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation from the party at fault. And oftentimes, insurance covers the loss.
You may be able to recover:
- Property Damages
- Diminution of Value of Property
- Past Medical Expenses
- Future Medical Expenses
- Money Spent on Care and Treatment
- Money Lost because of Injury
- Compensation for Pain
- Compensation for Disability
- Compensation for Loss of Capacity for Enjoyment of Life
- Compensation for Physical Impairment and Loss of Use
- Compensation for Scarring or Disfigurement
- Loss of Earnings / Wage Loss
- Loss of Capacity to Earn
- Damages to Spouse
- Damages to Children
- And More.
phillips, hunt, walker & hanna Tips in Case You Have Been in an Accident:
Get to a doctor and document your injuries. Not only does being proactive help your health, but insurance carriers and their lawyers always look to use evidence against you- how long you took to get to a doctor, what you complained about or didn’t complain about and they will comb through your records in painful detail. Go to the doctor, be honest and detailed.
Fill out any available accident reports and police reports. Ask for a copy. Then, call your insurance carrier and make a claim. Be careful what you say. All too often, injury victims will say they are “fine” or “not that bad” or otherwise be polite and that will haunt then if their injuries take a turn for the worse. The ER will only really tell you if you have broken bones or major issues, but go and be honest. Hospital emergency rooms tend to leave the bulging discs, herniated discs, shoulder tears and the like to later treating doctors.
Many of our clients are hurting, struggling and hoping they get better, but aren’t. You get one shot at recovery. Lawyers must make sure the insurance companies are acting fairly. John worked for eight years defending these claims for these companies and big businesses and could write a book about ways they use your desire to be fair and reasonable against you. He now solely works for injury victims like you.
While all lawyers are allowed to advertise and anyone can basically handle a personal injury case, only Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers are allowed to identify themselves as an “expert” or as “specialist” in this area. Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the area by the Supreme Court of Florida. It also means the lawyer is known for trials- pushing beyond low offers by defendants, passed a peer review and passed a tough exam. Most cases do not get that far, but it is good to have a lawyer with all of the tools in their arsenal.
Insurance carriers try to negotiate every dollar they can, because every $100 means millions in the end to their Board of Directors. Attorneys matter. Defendants and their carriers change their game plan when an experienced lawyer is involved. For that reason – and the misinformation by TV lawyers and referral services- is why people should select lawyers carefully. Also, make sure it is the lawyer who shows up to meet with you and not a mere investigator. You are haring a lawyer and deserve their time. Also, ask for sample closing costs. Some lawyers charge for faxes, phone calls, scanning, postage, “in house courier” charges and even interest in these charges.
Because of the economy, more lawyers are jumping into personal injury and should stick to what they know. Personal injury law requires knowledge about medical science and biomechanics (the forces on a body in a wreck or a fall) far greater and more specific than you’d think. The other side has doctors and millions on their side to say nothing is wrong or fight the claim.
We invite you to review our verdicts, our accolades and awards and what clients have to say about us and give us a call for a free consultation where our lawyers will sit down with you personally. John represents clients in Florida, Georgia and Alabama with passion and compassion. He can be emailed at email@example.com or call us at (904) 444-4444.
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