Suwannee County, Florida
Suwannee County was named after the picturesque Suwannee River, which borders the county to the north, west and south. The county encompasses 692 square miles and has a population of approximately 39,000, making it one of Florida’s most rural counties.
Live Oak, located just 80 miles east of Tallahassee, is the county seat of Suwannee County. It is easily accessible via U.S. highways 90 and 129, as well as Interstate 10. Live Oak is a community of about 7,000 residents. With four large metropolitan areas nearby (Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Gainesville and Lake City), residents enjoy small town living with easy access to cultural and sporting events. The Town of Branford, a small, friendly town on the banks of the Suwannee River, is also part of Suwannee County.
Founded in 1858, Live Oak has an abundant history. Many books, including, “There Let Me Live and Die,” by Eric Musgrove, have been written about Live Oak. Composer Stephen Foster made the Suwannee River famous with his melody “Old Folks at Home.” The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park features exhibits about Foster's famous songs, along with hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and wildlife viewing. Overnight visitors can camp in the full-facility campground. Every Memorial Day weekend, the park hosts the Florida Folk Festival, which attracts thousands every year.
The Suwannee County Courthouse was constructed in 1904 and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The beautiful courthouse is still in use today. Infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy, faced trial in this courthouse for a 1978 murder. Due to media coverage, the trial had to be moved to Orlando.
Injury cases in Suwannee County often result from car and trucking accidents. Because Interstate 10 crosses through the county, despite the county’s small size, auto accidents are common. Other major roadways in the county where car wrecks are more likely to occur are U.S. Highways 90, 27 and 129. Other than car accidents, injuries in the county are likely to result from on the job accidents, slip and falls in stores and nursing home neglect.
The nursing homes located in the county are located in Live Oak and include Good Samaritan Center on Marvin Jones Boulevard, Surrey Place Care Center on S.E. Lee Avenue and Suwannee Health and Rehabilitation Center on Helvenston Street. The Good Samaritan Center is a not for profit nursing home that has earned five out of five stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Surrey Place Care Center is a for profit nursing home that has a CMS three star rating. Suwannee Health and Rehabilitation Center is a for profit nursing home that has two out of five stars. (These CMS ratings are current as of March 1, 2017).
If you suffered personal injuries in Live Oak or the Suwannee County area and need legal assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our Jacksonville lawyers. Our firm handles a variety of cases, including auto accidents, trucking accidents, nursing home negligence or abuse, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, insurance disputes and worker’s compensation claims. Contact us today for a free consultation. We are happy to consult with you over the phone or in person.