Palatka / Putnam County, Florida

Located in Putnam County, Palatka combines the best of the peaceful outdoors with convenient access to popular Florida venues. Palatka is in the heart of northeast Florida, just 30 minutes from the beach and two hours from Central Florida’s major attractions. Palatka is 41 miles east of Gainesville, Florida and 47 miles south of Jacksonville. The city’s population is 10,033, while Putnam County has approximately 73,000 residents.

Putnam County’s history has been shaped greatly by the St. Johns River, which runs 60 miles from the northernmost boundary near Bostwick to Lake George in the south. Towns and communities along the river include: East Palatka, San Mateo, Satsuma, Bostwick, Federal Point, Buffalo Bluff, Stokes Landing, Welaka, Georgetown, Pomona Park, Crescent City, Browns Landing, Shell Harbor, Hermits Cove, Drayton Island, Fruitland and Mt. Royal.

Palatka is known for being an unspoiled, natural area. Putnam County boasts 184 miles of “Blueway,” a state-certified system of paddling trails for canoeing and kayaking. It is not unusual to spot wildlife such as wild hogs, whitetail deer, Virginia opossums, river otters, raccoons, cats and Florida black bears in the area. Due to the abundance of many different varieties of largemouth bass, Palatka is known as the “Bass Capital of the World.”

Palatka celebrates its outdoor beauty on a regular basis. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Palatka’s numerous outdoor annual festivals, including the Florida Azalea Festival, the Catfish Festival, the Blue Crab Festival, the Blueberry Festival and the Gourd Festival.

The arts and culture are also important to this northeast Florida city, which showcases more than 31 painted murals across historic buildings. Other nearby cultural attractions include the Bronson-Mulholland House, the Putnam County Historical Society & Museum, Ravine Gardens State Park and the well-known Log Cabin Winery.

Our firm handles claims throughout Putnam County including business disputes, slip and falls, dog bites, premises liability, defective product claims, workers' compensation claims, nursing home negligence, car accidents, trucking accidents, and insurance claims. For your convenience, we are always happy to meet at your home or at a nearby location.

Notable Verdicts in Putnam County – Palatka, Florida

The following jury verdicts were rendered in Putnam 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.

$370,498.00 Verdict for Car Accident Victim – July 13, 2007

A 46-year-old man was driving north on State Road 15 in Palatka, Florida, when a vehicle operated by the defendant collided with the driver’s side of the plaintiff’s vehicle. This caused the plaintiff’s vehicle to rotate counter-clockwise, strike a concrete curb and roll over. The plaintiff’s personal injuries included nerve damage to his face, concussion, neck pain, headaches and permanent impairment to his right shoulder. The plaintiff’s counsel contended that the defendant operated the vehicle negligently by failing to keep a proper lookout, driving over the speed limit, failing to obey a posted traffic signal and failing to yield the right of way.

$194,124.00 Verdict for Dog Attack Victim – June 25, 2003

A 63-year-old man was attacked and bitten by two pit bulls as he was walking to his mailbox. He suffered personal injuries including: multiple puncture wounds to his legs, arms, heel and upper body in addition to scarring on his back and arms. The jury found the dogs’ owners negligent in failing to properly contain the dogs and failing to warn neighbors of the dogs’ vicious nature.

$187,500.00 Wrongful Death Award for Car Accident Victim – April 3, 1996

Two young men were traveling south on Sisco Road in Putnam County when the driver lost control, resulting in a one-car accident killing both men. Apparently, the driver was a minor and had been sold alcohol by a bar. The jury found that the establishment willfully and unlawfully sold alcohol to a minor which caused the tragic car accident.

$185,000.00 Verdict for Man Injured at High School Football Game – March 11, 2005

While attending a high school football game, a 58-year-old man was hit in the eye by a plastic miniature football that was tossed into the stands without warning by the cheerleading squad. The jury found The School Board of Putnam County negligent for failing to have adequate safety procedures and failing to control the activities of the cheerleading squad. The man’s personal injuries included a torn retina in his left eye requiring eye surgery and permanent visual damage.

$75,000.00 Award for Slip-and-Fall Accident – July 10, 2003

A three-year-old boy was walking with his parents in a retail store when he slipped and fell on a wet floor. The boy suffered personal injuries including a closed head injury and post-traumatic migraines. The plaintiff’s counsel contended the water came from a scrubbing machine used by the store’s cleaning crew and that there were no cones or warning signs to alert customers of the slippery surface.