Orlando, Florida is home to some of the world’s greatest theme parks, resorts, hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and universities. It is located in Orange County and nicknamed “The City Beautiful.” Orlando’s International Airport is the busiest airport in Florida because families travel from around the world to visit the city’s famous attractions. Orlando is also home to nearly a quarter of a million people.
Orlando’s most famous destination is Walt Disney World. Orlando has dozens of other amazing tourist attractions such as Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, City Walk, SeaWorld, Gatorland and Wet n’ Wild Water Park. Orlando is also home to huge shopping and outlet malls including Orlando Fashion Square, Festival Bay Mall, Orlando’s Florida Mall and the Mall at Millennia. Many businesses hold large conventions and conferences in Orlando at hotels and at conference centers located along International Drive.
We have represented people from around the world who have been injured at Orlando’s theme parks. Theme park injuries include slipping and falling, swimming pool injuries sustained on rides. Ride injuries can occur due to maintenance, operation or inspection errors. For example, a 41 year-old Bloomingdale woman is suing Disney’s Magic Kingdom for an injury she sustained while getting off of the Jungle Cruise ride with her 6 year-old daughter.
Currently we represent a New Jersey husband who tripped and fell while walking down Main Street USA. His injuries required extensive medical care and time off from work. Unfortunately, when someone gets injured at a Disney World or another theme park, it often requires filing a law suit in Orange County.
The Orange County Courthouse is located at 425 North Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando. The current courthouse was completed in 1997 at a cost of over $100 million dollars. I tried my very first jury trial in Orlando against Disney World nearly twenty years ago, while this facility was still under construction. My trial was held in a movie theatre on Orange Avenue. I have visited the new facility several times since it has opened and it is one of the nicest courthouses in the country.
Statistically speaking, Orlando, Florida is the most dangerous places to drive – not just in Florida but in the entire United States. The combination of lost or intoxicated tourists, the elderly, teen drivers is a deadly one. Orlando typically has more fatal accidents than similar cities located elsewhere in Florida.
Orlando car crashes and road traffic accidents most commonly occur on the I-4 corridor.
Drunk drivers are responsible for more fatal car accidents in Orlando than in other parts of the state. In 2008 for example, there were 8.2 fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers per 100,000 auto accidents in Orlando compared to 4.2 per 100,000 car accidents for the rest of Florida. That is almost twice as many!
In 2009, of the 24 people who died in car crashes in Orlando, 6 were pedestrians. The most dangerous place for pedestrians in Orlando is crossing Universal Boulevard and Church Street.
Crime is also higher in Orlando for murder, rape, robberies and assaults. In 2011 there were nearly 119 rapes and 697 robberies in Orlando. Our law firm is experienced in holding hotels, resorts, malls and restaurants accountable for providing adequate security to protect their customers and guests.
Florida Hospital is based in Orlando and has 17 hospitals and 12 urgent care facilities. It is the second busiest hospital system in the country handling medical issues ranging from cardiology to orthopedics. Orlando hospitals are required to provide acceptable medical care to their patients. For example if a patient develops a bed sore while in an Orlando hospital, that is almost always the result of inexcusable neglect. Our law firm has experienced and dedicated medical malpractice lawyers who know how to investigate a bedsore or other hospital malpractice case in Orlando.