Ocoee Injury Lawyers
Ocoee, Florida is a mid-sized city of more than 35,000 residents about 20 minutes west of Orlando. The sunny climate, waterfront views, access to amenities (like the Family Aquatic Center) and relatively low cost and laidback style of living make it an attractive spot for residents and vacationers alike. In fact, the city’s slogan is, “The Center of Good Living.”
A number of growth opportunities are also on the horizon for Ocoee, including specialty groceries, shops, hotels and restaurants that are replacing former eyesores. Additionally, the city is working to install additional sidewalks and improve existing ones, install traffic calming measures around nearby schools and expand/ improve certain roadways.
At Freeman Injury Law, our Ocoee injury lawyers know that as interest and population has expanded rapidly in this region in recent years, the potential for personal injury has climbed. Some of the personal injury claims we have taken on in the Orange County region include:
- Car accidents;
- Truck accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Golf cart injuries;
- Swimming pool accidents;
- School injuries;
- Boating injuries;
- Personal watercraft injuries;
- ATV injuries;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Construction accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Slip-and-fall injuries;
- Medical malpractice;
- Nursing home negligence;
- Wrongful death.
Of course, none of these incidents are especially unique to Ocoee, but population growth tends to increase the potential for certain accidents.
Personal injury claims are among the most common in the U.S. because they arise from injury resulting from the negligence of another. Most of these claims are settled out-of-court, but usually only following sharp disagreement regarding the extent of plaintiff’s damages. Our litigation team is prepared to take our cases to trial if need be. We have a long record of success in this arena, and have established a reputation in Ocoee and beyond.Injury Risks in Ocoee
When it comes to the kinds of injury risks we tend to see in Ocoee, these include:
Golf cart injuries. The city of Ocoee’s Golf Cart Ordinance, Ordinance 2011-011, allows the use of golf carts within certain communities and on certain streets, pursuant to Chapter 153, Article III of the city’s code, pursuant to F.S. 316.212. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission reports approximately 13,000 golf cart-related accidents require hospital emergency room visits every year, with about 40 percent of those incidents involving children younger than 16. Half are the result of kids falling out of a moving cart. Golf carts aren’t designed or intended for use next to larger motor vehicles, but they are often used on roads in some Florida communities. Operators need only be 14-years-old, per state statute, leading to problems with loss of control and collisions.
Drowning/ Swimming Pool Injuries. The Florida Department of Health reports this state has the highest unintentional drowning rate in the country for the 1-to-4-year-old cohort, and the second-highest drowning rate for those between 14 and under. There have been numerous news reports over the last several years of toddlers and young children drowning or nearly drowning in Ocoee, mostly in residential pools. Other swimming pool injuries include slip-and-fall accidents and diving injuries.
Dog Bite Injuries. F.S. 767.04 holds that dog owners are generally strictly liable for injuries their dogs inflict on others, regardless of whether the owner knew or had reason to know the animal was dangerous. Ocoee has its own leash law, spelled out in Ord. No. 2005-07, § 6, 7-12-05 of the city code. The statute says that it is the duty of animal services to investigate allegedly dangerous dogs and to designate that classification if appropriate, in which case the dog has to wear a special ID tag at all times, obtain a permanent identification for the animal, have it permanently sterilized, inform the landlord, and complete a pet ownership class through the county. Owners of these animals are required to inform animal services within 24 hours if the dog is loose, has bitten anyone, is sold or dies or has moved.
Nursing Home Injuries. According to various sites, there are more than 50 nursing homes either in Ocoee or within a 30-mile radius. Nursing home residents, particularly those at for-profit facilities, are at risk for infections, falls and sometimes even abuse. The state health department reports there are more than 1,400 deaths, nearly 40,000 hospitalizations and 100,000 non-fatal emergency room visits attributable to falls among Florida’s senior population.
If you are injured in Ocoee, our experienced personal injury lawyers have the dedication and the resources to help you obtain a favorable outcome in your case.
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