Krupnick Campbell Malone: Personal Injury Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Florida Electric Scooter Accident Lawyers

Krupnick Campbell specializes in complex civil litigation in Fort Lauderdale

In recent years, electric scooters have become an enjoyable and convenient method of transportation for neighborhood teens, university students and city dwellers alike. Unfortunately, this convenience sometimes comes at a very steep price, as the serious risks scooters pose to riders, pedestrians and motorists are increasingly realized. Emergency rooms nationwide have reported an alarming rise in injuries stemming from scooter accidents in recent months, and those numbers are expected to grow exponentially in coming years, due to the increasing popularity of these devices. If you’ve been injured in such an accident in Florida due to someone else’s carelessness, contact a Fort Lauderdale electric scooter accident attorney at Krupnick Campbell to help navigate you through this tricky type of personal injury case.

Even manufacturers have taken note of the surge in accidents. Recently, Lime, an electric scooter company, recalled an undisclosed number of scooters due to the risk of them breaking apart from wear and tear of use. This potential design flaw can put many riders – and those around them – at significant risk of injury. However, in perhaps a foreshadowing of the challenges courts will face with electric scooter accident cases, Lime subsequently denied being responsible for accidents caused by its scooters, instead suggesting that faulty parts from a supplier were to blame. Further adding to the complexity is that Lime is based in China, meaning international laws likely will further murk the legal waters of related scooter accident cases.

Who’s financially responsible for scooter accidents?

Because motorized scooters are not considered “motor vehicles,” issues will arise when determining how the law applies. Adding to the confusion is that each Florida county can implement different ordinances, meaning laws surrounding scooter accidents in Broward County could be very different from Miami-Dade County’s laws for the same type of injury case.

Is the manufacturer to blame?
Electric scooter companies disclaim any liability for the scooters they provide to the public. In their User Agreements, they put the risk of loss and injury on the user. But what happens when an electric scooter user falls and suffers a head injury? Though the terms agreed to by riders state that they must wear helmets, scooter companies do not provide helmets, nor do all states have laws that require helmets to be used. Who, then, is responsible?

What about insurance?
Insurance companies often point the finger of blame at one another when it comes to paying for related injuries. This type of back-and-forth is most common between health insurers and auto insurers, and a strong case must be made on your behalf, factoring in the few local and state laws that exist.

Ambiguity abounds
Because electric scooters are so new, they carry few regulations, meaning that recovering compensation in a civil suit after an injury can be extremely complicated, given that many factors must be considered. For example, if an accident is caused by poor conditions of Fort Lauderdale roads or sidewalks that the scooter’s tiny wheels can’t handle, is the City liable or is a private company that created the condition responsible? These types of legal questions are increasingly asked, making it imperative for electric scooter accident victims to consult with an experienced Florida electric scooter accident lawyer immediately after being hurt.


What types of injuries are possible?

In addition to severe head injuries, lacerations, broken bones and serious road rash, numerous cases involving the following have been reported throughout Florida and nationwide:

Fatalities
In September 2018, a Texas man died after suffering blunt force head trauma after falling off his scooter, becoming the first official scooter-related fatality in the country. Just two weeks later, a Washington D.C. man died after his scooter was dragged under an SUV. Since then, a handful of other scooter-related fatalities have been reported nationwide.

Tripping
Electric scooters pose significant tripping hazards, especially in downtown areas. They often are scattered all over the sidewalk with no specified parking area. Store owners or passers-by are increasingly falling over them, suffering moderate and even severe injuries.

Road hazards
Because they are compact, scooters often can be difficult to spot if they’re left in the middle of the road by a careless rider. This could force a driver into a last-minute swerve that could injure the driver, another driver or pedestrians. Scooters are frequently transported from one area to another on vehicles like pickup trucks. If they’re not secured properly during transport, they could easily fall to the road or highway without the driver noticing, creating a new and unaccustomed hazard that other drivers must watch for.

Property damage

At first thought, it’s easy to dismiss scooters as vehicles that could cause expensive property damage. However, being that scooter use is most prevalent in urban areas where real estate is tight and structures are closer to the street, it becomes easier to imagine a scenario where a car maneuvers away from a careless scooter rider and into a Fort Lauderdale storefront or house, causing a fortune in damages.

What makes scooters so dangerous?


There are three main factors that make electric scooters hazardous:

Lack of training
No training is provided to scooter operators. Inexperienced drivers place everyone around them at risk – especially those who are not used to being around scooters.

Quietness
Sidewalks are universally understood to be the safest areas for pedestrians, as they’re off-limits to cars, trucks, motorcycles and mopeds. Because they are electric, scooters are relatively quiet, and pedestrians often see them for the first time after they’ve zoomed by. One sudden move by either party could result in disaster.

Speed
Late for school or work, scooter riders often navigate through busy sidewalks at unsafe speeds. Scooters are deceptively fast, with the ability to reach roughly 20 miles per hour. Speed becomes infinitely more dangerous when coupled with inexperienced drivers.


Don’t go it alone. Retain an injury lawyer.

Given the lack of specific legal guidelines for scooters, civil litigation is extremely tricky. If you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident involving a motor scooter, you need an injury law firm by your side that will sort through the myriad of red tape, then identify and pursue the responsible parties, while you focus on your recovery.

Krupnick Campbell understands that the last thing you need at this difficult time is added stress and frustration. Talk to our Florida scooter accident attorneys about your case today and discover how our extensive experience can help you recover monetary compensation for your pain, suffering and lost wages.

The Law Firm of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock is welcoming a new team of trial attorneys and staff to lead its medical malpractice division. With these new additions, Krupnick, Campbell, Malone’s will continue its 45-year history of providing high quality representation to Plaintiffs who have been injured and require legal assistance to secure fair compensation for the losses they have suffered.

Founding partner Jon Krupnick stated “Skip Campbell and I created an unparalleled culture of hard work and enthusiastic trial advocacy on behalf of our clients. We have achieved groundbreaking verdicts and our efforts have resulted in important case law which is relied upon by Plaintiff lawyers throughout the land. The firm and our incoming medical malpractice team shall continue these traditions and remain at the forefront of trial advocacy.”

Malove Henratty, P.A. Attorneys Scott L. Henratty and Randall A. Diez, Jr. joned Krupnick, Campbell, Malone on February 1st, 2019. They will focus on medical malpractice ligation and assist the firm in other catastrophic and serious injury matters.

Since joining attorney Stephen Malove in 2007, Mr. Henratty has focused on medical malpractice and has been responsible for over $120 million in settlements and verdicts over the past decade. Mr. Henratty is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Law Specialist. Mr. Henratty is the immediate past president of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association and is also an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association and he is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Law Specialist.

“It is truly an honor to join forces with the trial lawyer icons at Krupnick Campbell. Their vast resources and team approach to litigation is indeed formidable and we are excited to now be a part of that team,” said Henratty.

In addition to Mr. Henratty, associate Randall A. Diez, Jr. and a dedicated team of long-time support staff including Colleen Cheney, R.N. will begin working at Krupnick, Campbell, Malone. Ms. Cheney has been a registered nurse since 1975 and boasts a wealth of clinical experience in both the medical and legal field that is necessary for the complex investigation of medical malpractice cases.

Kelly Hancock, who joined the firm in 1989 after retiring as Broward County’s Chief Homicide Prosecutor, said “It has been the highest privilege to be a lawyer with Krupnick and Campbell for over 30 years. We are truly excited to be bringing in such an energetic group of trial attorneys and staff who have a track record of success and have been so effective at trial, especially in medical malpractice matters.”

As a result of the acquisition of its new medical malpractice team, the law firm of Krupnick, Campbell, Malone, Buser, Slama, Hancock P.A. will consist of 13 trial attorneys, many who have been there for over 30 years. . Krupnick, Campbell, Malone’s nation-wide practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, admiralty, aviation disasters and rail accidents. The firm also engages in international litigation and the representation of sovereign nations in a wide variety of contexts and pursues white collar criminals on behalf of corporations, banks and other victims they have defrauded. Over the last 15 years, Krupnick and Campbell has recovered in excess of $2.5 billion for its clients.

The firm has recently celebrated record setting settlements in premises liability, motor-vehicle accident and product defect cases. Krupnick and Campbell’s international division is continuing to expand its practice after unparalleled success and landmark decisions it has obtained in the course of representing multiple foreign sovereigns. Its anti-money laundering division is currently preparing for a $230 million trial in Miami-Dade County.

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The Law Firm of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock is welcoming a new team of trial attorneys and staff to lead its medical malpractice division. With these new additions, Krupnick, Campbell, Malone’s will continue its 45-year history of providing high quality representation to Plaintiffs who have been injured and require legal assistance to secure fair compensation for the losses they have suffered.

Founding partner Jon Krupnick stated “Skip Campbell and I created an unparalleled culture of hard work and enthusiastic trial advocacy on behalf of our clients. We have achieved groundbreaking verdicts and our efforts have resulted in important case law which is relied upon by Plaintiff lawyers throughout the land. The firm and our incoming medical malpractice team shall continue these traditions and remain at the forefront of trial advocacy.”

Malove Henratty, P.A. Attorneys Scott L. Henratty and Randall A. Diez, Jr. joned Krupnick, Campbell, Malone on February 1st, 2019. They will focus on medical malpractice ligation and assist the firm in other catastrophic and serious injury matters.

Since joining attorney Stephen Malove in 2007, Mr. Henratty has focused on medical malpractice and has been responsible for over $120 million in settlements and verdicts over the past decade. Mr. Henratty is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Law Specialist. Mr. Henratty is the immediate past president of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association and is also an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association and he is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a Civil Trial Law Specialist.

“It is truly an honor to join forces with the trial lawyer icons at Krupnick Campbell. Their vast resources and team approach to litigation is indeed formidable and we are excited to now be a part of that team,” said Henratty.

In addition to Mr. Henratty, associate Randall A. Diez, Jr. and a dedicated team of long-time support staff including Colleen Cheney, R.N. will begin working at Krupnick, Campbell, Malone. Ms. Cheney has been a registered nurse since 1975 and boasts a wealth of clinical experience in both the medical and legal field that is necessary for the complex investigation of medical malpractice cases.

Kelly Hancock, who joined the firm in 1989 after retiring as Broward County’s Chief Homicide Prosecutor, said “It has been the highest privilege to be a lawyer with Krupnick and Campbell for over 30 years. We are truly excited to be bringing in such an energetic group of trial attorneys and staff who have a track record of success and have been so effective at trial, especially in medical malpractice matters.”

As a result of the acquisition of its new medical malpractice team, the law firm of Krupnick, Campbell, Malone, Buser, Slama, Hancock P.A. will consist of 13 trial attorneys, many who have been there for over 30 years. . Krupnick, Campbell, Malone’s nation-wide practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, admiralty, aviation disasters and rail accidents. The firm also engages in international litigation and the representation of sovereign nations in a wide variety of contexts and pursues white collar criminals on behalf of corporations, banks and other victims they have defrauded. Over the last 15 years, Krupnick and Campbell has recovered in excess of $2.5 billion for its clients.

The firm has recently celebrated record setting settlements in premises liability, motor-vehicle accident and product defect cases. Krupnick and Campbell’s international division is continuing to expand its practice after unparalleled success and landmark decisions it has obtained in the course of representing multiple foreign sovereigns. Its anti-money laundering division is currently preparing for a $230 million trial in Miami-Dade County.

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