Suwannee County, Florida
Suwannee County consists of approximately 40,000 residents living within a 692-square mile radius. It is named after the Suwannee River, which borders the county on three sides. Despite being in close proximity to Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Gainesville, and Lake City, Suwannee County is one of Florida’s most rural counties.
The county seat is located in Live Oak, which is where the Suwannee County Courthouse sits. The courthouse is comprised of two divisions, criminal courts and civil courts, located within the Third Judicial Circuit District. As of 2017, the presiding judges are the Honorary David W. Fina, William F. Williams, III, and Paul S. Bryan. Circuit court judges are selected in nonpartisan elections, serving six-year terms. At The Lawrence Law Group, our Suwannee County personal injury lawyers can help accident victims and their families bring legal claims for compensation in court. Many of these arise from accidents related to farming and other agricultural operations.
According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, there are about 1,250 farms located in Suwannee County, covering almost 200,000 acres. Injuries may arise from incidents such as forklift accidents, tractor-trailer collisions, and ATV rollover accidents. Additionally, collisions with roaming farm animals or those contained in open fields can lead to significant injuries to Suwannee residents. An attorney may be critical in pursuing compensation following an accident. Unless the accident happened on the job, the victim usually would need to show that another person or business failed to act with reasonable care and that they were hurt as a result. If they were hurt at work, on the other hand, they would be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits regardless of fault.
Interstate 10 provides an eastbound-westbound route through Suwannee County as part of its range from California to Jacksonville. As a result, even though Suwannee County is relatively small, motor vehicle collisions are not uncommon there, since many drivers use this corridor. Other roads in the area where car or trucking accidents are prevalent include U.S. Highways 90, 27, and 129, as well as State Road 51. Claims often arise from serious injuries sustained in these accidents. Victims are entitled to pursue compensation for their medical bills, lost income and earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering. Our personal injury lawyers can guide Suwannee County residents through this process.
Other types of injuries in Suwannee County may result from slip and fall accidents in stores or other businesses as well as nursing home neglect or abuse. There are several nursing homes located in Suwannee County, including 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, all of which are in Live Oak. 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. (Ratings as of March 1, 2017.)
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in Live Oak or elsewhere in the surrounding area, contact the Suwannee County personal injury attorneys at The Lawrence Law Group. Our firm represents people in need of a car accident lawyer or guidance in a wide variety of other personal injury, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation cases, including truck crashes, nursing home negligence or abuse, motorcycle accidents, and premises liability claims. You can contact us online or at (904) 632-0077 to schedule a free appointment regarding your case. There is usually a limited window of time in which you can bring a personal injury case, known as the statute of limitations. Thus, it is important to contact an attorney without delay so that we can start investigating the accident and building a strong case on your behalf.