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How an accident pushed one Orlando woman into the intersection of our city's professional-incest machine...
Published: February 23, 2012
“I’d say it’s a stretch to say that I promoted [O-Cartz],” he says. “That’s like if I took a Mears taxi home from the airport and the driver took a picture of me, I was promoting for Mears.”
But what about Lamb and his L3 LLC taking advantage of city grant offers? Dyer claims that he had no idea that Oopsy Scoopsy and O-Cartz were connected, and even if he did, the criteria for receiving a MEBA grant would not directly be related to other businesses tied to the owner. He met the criteria; he qualified for the grant.
“I don’t think there’s anything that the city can do to do alter the situation,” Dyer says.
As it stands, Pfeiffer’s only payout from Morgan & Morgan has been the $25,000 in uninsured motorist coverage from Progressive. Factoring in attorney’s fees and various expenses, Pfeiffer was issued her first check in the amount of $5,223.51 on June 17, 2010. A second check in the amount of $6,905.32 followed on June 23, 2010. She lived on that for a year, she says. Her credit, she says, is ruined.
The case, according to emails to her from Udell, remains open, though he’s expecting her to look for another attorney for a second opinion. She has four years under the statute of limitations to pursue another civil lawsuit; two of them are already gone.
“You suffered a terrible injury, no doubt,” Udell wrote to her on Feb. 9. “There is no question in my mind that you have a life changing injury that I am sure is a daily reminder. We have provided to you everything we have done to locate insurance on Lamb/O-Cartz. Their policy lapsed from everything I have seen. I wish it were different.
“My suggestion with regard to another attorney is to get a second opinion, to maybe see something that we are missing. It does not help me to chase you away, but I am stuck. There are lots of smarter people out there than I.”
To some degree, attorney Glenn Klausman with the firm Jacobs & Goodman supports Udell’s view, saying that criminal charges against the driver – possibly a charge of reckless driving – could have been an option, but without intent or alcohol involved, there wouldn’t be any real consequences other than the suspension of Campbell’s driver’s license. His lack of liquid assets would prohibit much in the way of recovery. “In this particular case, it doesn’t sound like it would have made a whole lot of difference because of the Graves Amendment,” he says.
Pfeiffer says she bumped into Newlin at a Magic game over the holidays. It was a tense moment for her, but she took it upon herself to approach him. At first he didn’t remember her, but once reminded, she says, he was sheepish. He quickly introduced her to his girlfriend and then brushed her off.
Outside the Wall Street Cantina, Pfeiffer details her medical concerns now that she’s moved to Miami. She’s on her feet all day slinging drinks at Miami’s News Café, and recently the pain has been getting worse. She can’t wear high heels anymore, she laughs.
The surgeon who initially worked on her knee relocated to Texas. His apprentice, an ER orthopedic surgeon, is wary of touching her. In Miami, the response from the medical community has been no less disturbing.
“No doctor wants to see an open civil case,” she says. There would be court appearances, challenges, the possibility of not being paid. “Here, feel this,” she says, placing my hand on her knee. When she moves it, there’s the unmistakable feeling of crumpling cartilage in the grapefruit-sized joint. It feels like it hurts.
“[Udell] told me it just wasn’t worth it,” Pfeiffer says, resigned to her fate. “The way I see it, if O-Cartz were insured, I would have about $3 million and he would have $1 million. We’d both be happy.”
For his part, Dyer offers little in the way of comfort, calling Pfeiffer’s plight a “random case.”
“I really feel bad for the girl,” he says.
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