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9-Year-Old Florida resident Marissa Amora will receive $18.2 million over the next 11 years for her serious personal injuries caused in part by Florida’s Department of Children and Families’s negligence.

A Florida jury had awarded Amora’s family over $26 million, but Florida lawmakers must approve court-ordered awards over $200,000. Earlier this month, Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed the claims bill awarding Amora the 18.2 million. Marissa will receive $2.9 million this year, and her family will continue to receive additional payments over the following years until she receives the full amount.

The jury ruled that the DCF was 75% liable for Marissa’s catastrophic traumatic brain injuries and abdominal injuries. Marissa had been admitted for one month to Miami Children’s Hospital in 2000. Upon her release, the DCF decided to return Marissa to her biological mother even though several hospital social workers reported that they suspected that Marissa was an abuse victim.

Marissa, who was 2-years-old at the time, was readmitted to the hospital several weeks later with broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. Doctors believe that Marrissa was swung by her legs and smashed onto the floor or the wall.

Now, Marissa can only eat with a feeding tube, is unable to walk, and has the developmental skills of a 3-year-old. The compensation is intended to provide for her ongoing medical care for the rest of her life.

Please contact our South Florida personal injury law firm if you or someone you love was seriously injured because of another party’s negligence or carelessness. You may be entitled to financial recovery for medical costs, ongoing medical care, mental and emotional trauma, and other associated losses.

Abused Florida 9-year-old to receive millions for DCF mistake,, May 6, 2008
Crist signs bill giving Lake Worth abuse victim Marissa Amora $18.2 million,, May 6, 2008

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John Mario, a Port St. Lucie, Florida man who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being shot in the head during a robbery in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant in Jensen Beach, is suing the fast food company for personal injury. He filed his lawsuit last week in Marion County Circuit Court.

Mario alleges that McDonald’s failed to provide adequate security to restaurant patrons. He was eating in his truck in the parking lot on January 6, 2006 when Quentin Alexander Bradley, 19, tried to rob him. The Fort Pierce resident was armed.

Police reports indicate that the two men struggled and the gun went off. Mario sustained a serious traumatic brain injury. He can no longer work and his motor and speech skills are impaired.

Mario and his wife are demanding damages because they allege that McDonalds knew that their restaurant was located in a high crime area and should have done more to ensure that patrons were protected while on the premise.

Bradley was convicted to life in prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder, and burglary, and robbery charges.

Premises Liability Accidents
Property owners and managers in Florida are legally obligated to make sure that patrons, visitors, residents, and workers are safe from harm. Failure to exercise this duty of care and eliminate any potentially hazardous conditions can lead to serious injuries and wrongful death.

Common kinds of premises liability accidents include, slip and fall accidents (a hazardous condition on the property causes a victim to slip/trip and fall and get seriously hurt), inadequate security (failure to implement the proper safety measures to prevent crimes from occurring to victims), and falling merchandise (failure to secure objects, furniture, inventory, and other items so that people aren’t injured by falling objects).

If you or someone you love was seriously injured in an accident in Port St. Lucie or any other city in South Florida that was caused by another party’s negligence or carelessness, contact one of our South Florida personal injury attorneys in Miami, West Palm Beach, and Pt. St. Lucie, Florida.

Shooting victim sues Jensen Beach McDonald’s; seeks trial,, May 14, 2008

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