In Palm Springs (Palm Beach County) Florida, two teens (Yoanelis Candelaria-Perez) and other girls were charged with felony battery and cruelty towards a child. The story reported in the Orlando Sentinel and other news outlets involved two groups of girls who had a dispute. There was a chase of some kind that ended with an 11 year old boy allegedly being pushed into the street. The Defendants will argue that it was merely an accident and there was no intent or malice involved with the boy who was apparently an innocent bystander. The teen girls will be entitled to legal representation through a Florida Criminal Defense Attorney or the services of the Public Defender’s Office. It was reported that the 11 year old boy suffered personal injuries including fractured ribs, abrasions to her legs and left arm, a collapsed lung, and a wound to his back. See Police: Teen Girls Pushed Palm Springs Boy, 11, into Path of Car.
When there is an injury that takes place away from the home, there still may be a possible homeowner’s claim for the negligence of the homeowner or a resident relative. Each case must be evaluated on its own merits and the homeowner’s policy must be read carefully to determine coverage and exclusions. Most homeowner’s policies exclude criminal or intentional conduct on or off the premises from coverage. Since this is somewhat confusing concept that is evaluated case by case and policy by policy, it is often helpful to have a Florida Child Injury Lawyer evaluate the case, liability, and applicable insurance coverage (if any).
When a person is injured as a pedestrian or a bicyclist, there may be coverage available through an automobile insurance policy as well. Again, the insurance policy and facts must be evaluated to determine eligibility and coverage. When a pedestrian or bicyclist is injured, there may be coverage under a parent’s automobile insurance policy for PIP (Personal Injury Protection), Med Pay (Medical Payments), and / or Underinsured or Underinsured Motorist (UM) insurance coverage. Again, these issues can be complicated and confusing. As such, guidance and representation through a Florida Child Injury Lawyer is important and helpful to make sure that benefits and claims are paid pursuant to the policy and Florida law.