Cyclist alleges Orlando's negligence caused injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 25, 2018

ORLANDO — A cyclist is suing Orlando, alleging negligence caused her bicycle to hit a pothole, leading to injuries.

Hannah Sembler filed a complaint June 12 in Orange County Circuit Court against the city of Orlando, alleging failure to maintain its property in a safe condition.

According to the complaint, on June 9, 2017, around 11:30 p.m. Sembler was riding her bicycle on East Livingston near the intersection with Highland Avenue in Orlando. The suit says Sembler ran over a large pothole, causing her to fly violently off her bicycle.

Sembler says she sustained injuries in and about her body and extremities, resulting in pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, scarring, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life and aggravation of previous existing condition. 

The plaintiff alleges the city of Orlando failed to adequately correct the dangerous condition of the bike path, failed to train its employees to regularly inspect the bicycle lane, and failed to render aid to the plaintiff after her fall.

Sembler seeks trial by jury, judgment in excess of $15,000, plus interest and court costs. She is represented by attorney Varun Ramnarine of Morgan & Morgan PA in Orlando.

Orange County Circuit Court case number 18-CA-6264

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