A 33-year-old woman from Kansas who was run over by a Daytona Beach patrol truck plans to file a lawsuit against Volusia County, charging negligence by the beach patrol and the 21-year-old part-time lifeguard who ran over her.
The woman was lying on the beach, on her stomach on July 31 when her head was hit from the front wheel of the Ford-150 pickup truck used for patrol and owned by the county. She spent a week in the hospital with facial fractures, broken eye bones, and ribs. Her lawyer alleges the lifeguard was poorly trained, reports The Daytona Beach News-Journal. The woman’s five and eight-year-old children were coming out of the water at the time of the accident and the older girl turned her brother away from the scene. The lawsuit asks the county to pay for the woman’s medical treatments, which are expected to top $100,000.
And in another beach accident in July 2010 that resulted in the death of a four-year-old, the county has received notice that a lawsuit has been filed. A 34-year-old man in his own personal vehicle hit the little boy when he ran out between vehicles. The suit claims negligent traffic management led to the death of the boy.
The only good news to report is that Volusia County has revamped its beach patrols. Pickup trucks, which have enormous blind spots, are no longer allowed to patrol 17 miles of Daytona Beach which allows motorists to drive on. This latest incident was the third personal injury of a beachgoer by a county vehicle since June of last year. It is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol and a citation could be issued.
Personal injury lawsuits in Florida can be filed if a person, a manufacturer, or a county is negligent or careless. The defendant owes a duty of care and if it is breached there may be negligence. Damages in a negligence lawsuit should be awarded to make the person whole as if the damage or injury didn’t happen. If the injured can no longer work, they need to be compensated for that cost. Medical expenses, special accommodations, rehabilitation, nursing home care all need to be calculated as well as pain and suffering. Farah & Farah has an open door to listen to the specifics of your situation, anytime of the night or day, so don’t hesitate to contact one of our attorneys today to learn more about how we can help you.