Columbia County / Lake City, Florida

Columbia County is on the northern tip of Florida bordering Georgia. It has a population of 67,000. It was created in 1832 and encompasses 801 square miles.

Columbia County is proud of is heritage and historical landmarks. In fact, there are 10 properties and districts in Columbia County listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among them are Columbia County High School built in 1921, and the Horace Duncan House, a Queen Anne-style colonial revival built in 1907.

Lake City, with a population of nearly 10,000 is the county seat of Columbia County. It was originally a Seminole village named “Alligator Village,” and was later named Lake City when it was incorporated in 1859. The American Civil War Battle of Olustee took place near Lake City in February 1864. Every February, the city hosts the Olustee Battle Festival and reenacts the Battle of Olustee.

Located near the intersections of Interstate I-10 and I-75, Lake City is known as “the gateway to Florida.” Many tourists from the west arrive in Lake City as their first Florida destination. As such, the city relies heavily on travelers for its economy. Other major businesses include Hunter Panels, New Millennium, United States Cold Storage and a Target Distribution Center. The Lake City Municipal Airport, a General Aviation facility, is also a local center of business.

True to its name, there are many waterways in Lake City, including Lake DeSoto, Lake Isabella, Alligator Lake and Watertown Lake, just to mention a few. Many residents spend their free time fishing, boating and canoeing in the city’s beautiful lakes.

Our firm is well equipped to handle a variety of cases, including car accidents, business disputes and insurance claims. If you live in Lake City or the Columbia County area and need legal assistance, please call us for a free no obligation consultation. We are willing to meet you at a convenient location.

Notable Verdicts in Columbia County – Lake City, Florida

The following jury verdicts were rendered in Columbia County, Florida. These verdicts are not representative of typical cases, rather, they are considered “notable” because of the large damage awards. These cases were not handled by The Lawrence Law Group, P.A. For cases handled by The Lawrence Law Group, P.A., please see our “Firm News” section and our Google reviews.

$240,000 Verdict for Woman Injured in Car Accident – March 26, 2010

A young woman was injured in a car accident with a man who was operating a vehicle owned by his employer. The woman suffered personal injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of earning capacity. The jury found the defendant negligent.

$5,461,000 Award for Pedestrian Struck by Pick-up Truck – May 15, 2009

A woman was standing in line at a gas station in Lake City, Florida, when a man driving a pick-up truck collided into merchandise racks and soda machines, causing them to fall onto her. The woman was trapped under the soda machines and was transported via ambulance to the emergency room. She suffered personal injuries to her neck, right leg, hip, knee, ankle, and ribs, requiring multiple surgeries. The plaintiff’s counsel successfully demonstrated that the owner of the gas station was negligent in failing to maintain safe premises, failing to warn customers of the dangerous condition and failing to correct the situation.

$460,408.76 Award for Pedestrian Run Over by Vehicle – November 26, 2008

A young man was severely injured when a car ran over his foot while walking in Columbia County. The man’s counsel argued that the driver of the vehicle was negligent. The insurance company denied coverage for the driver. The injured man entered into a settlement with the driver for the value of his personal injury case. The driver assigned the injured man his rights to sue the driver’s insurance company on the basis that it wrongfully denied the driver coverage. The jury agreed with the injured man and he was awarded the amount of the settlement against the insurance company.

$240,370.93 Verdict for Woman Injured in Car Accident at Intersection – June 6, 2007

A woman was traveling west in the right lane on Baya Avenue (State Road 10A) in Lake City when another driver ran a stop sign and struck the passenger side of her vehicle. The woman claimed that other driver failed to yield the right of way. The woman suffered personal injuries to her neck and lower back, muscle spasms, and bruises on her left hip.