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Carie Hall focuses her practice in the areas of casualty and product liability. Carie defends clients against tort claims, including premises liability, auto negligence, catastrophic injury and wrongful death. She also defends manufacturers and distributors of consumer products.
Carie has more than 25 years of litigation experience with RumbergerKirk, having worked for the firm as a legal assistant before going to law school. She participated in the firm’s Summer Associate Program in 2011 and worked as a Law Clerk during her final year of law school before transitioning to an associate in 2012 and being elected to partner in 2019.
Plaintiff Shelly Roos alleged back, neck and shoulder injuries after a 50-pound, six-foot sunglass display fell on her while inside a gift shop during a storm. Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to award $492,334.02 in closing argument. After 50 minutes of deliberations, the jury returned a defense verdict in the Hillsborough County Circuit Court case.
Plaintiff Julie Harlan alleged she broke her hand on a netted bridge in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area at Busch Gardens. She contended that she caught her right hand on the netting when other guests began running across and/or were roughhousing on a netted ramp. She had an open reduction internal fixation of her right fourth metacarpal, allegedly impacting her ability to teach and perform ballet. Plaintiff asked the jury to award a total of $506,480.38 in damages. Busch Gardens proved there was nothing wrong with the attraction or the operation of the attraction, and Plaintiff failed to prove any negligence. After 37 minutes of deliberations, the jury returned a defense verdict.
Plaintiff was an employee of a security company injured during the course and scope of his duties. The court entered Final Summary Judgment on July 14, 2022, agreeing with Defense, that WCI could not be held liable for the injuries to an employee of an independent contractor because WCI was a passive non-participant that exercised no control over the security services at the construction entrance. The judge determined WCI was a statutory employer and, therefore, was entitled to workers’ compensation immunity.
Plaintiff claims she was injured during a rescue training class on the Congo River Rapids. The Court entered Final Summary Judgment on June 29, 2022, finding Busch Gardens is entitled to enforce the rescue company’s liability waiver as both an agent and volunteer of the rescue company conducting the class, and also finding Busch Gardens did not breach any duty owed to Plaintiff.
Plaintiff, who was represented by Morgan & Morgan, claimed she suffered a traumatic brain injury, C1 fracture, C2 fracture, C5-6 fusion, lower back injury and shoulder injury from a fall, with $420,758.40 in past medical expenses and a life care plan totaling $1,037,137.78 for future medical care; in closing argument, Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to award $10,449,890.93. The defense proved there was no defect in the flooring surface. After a 10 day trial and three and a half hours of deliberations, the jury found no negligence, returning a verdict in Sea World’s favor on November 5, 2021. Sea World will be filing a motion for its fees and costs.
Attorneys Rob Blank and Carie Hall of the firm’s Tampa office obtained a defense verdict for Busch Gardens in Hillsborough County, Florida in the case styled Alisa R. Kenney v. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment LLC d/b/a Busch Gardens Tampa. Plaintiff claimed she received a laceration to her foot resulting in a nerve injury and an aggravation of a preexisting back injury when she fell exiting the SheiKra roller coaster. Blank and Hall proved there was no defect in the design of the exit area at SheiKra. The jury found no negligence, returning a verdict in Busch Gardens’ favor on December 1, 2017. Busch Gardens will be pursuing its fees and costs from Plaintiff.
Attorneys Rob Blank and Carie Hall of the firm’s Tampa office obtained a defense verdict in a negligence case in Orange County, Florida in October of 2017. Blank and Hall represented the Sea World park located in Orlando, Florida in the case styled Glenda Torres Perez v. Sea World of Florida LLC. The plaintiff claimed she fractured her ankle and injured her back going down the stairs in the Manta rollercoaster queue line. Blank and Hall proved there was no defect in the stairs, no problem with the lighting in the staircase and nothing wrong with the procedures for operating the queue at Manta. The jury found no negligence, returning a verdict in Sea World’s favor on October 27, 2017. Sea World will be pursuing its fees and costs from Plaintiff.
Attorneys Rob Blank and Carie Hall of the firm’s Tampa office obtained a defense verdict in a negligence case in Orange County, Florida in January of 2015. Blank and Hall represented the Sea World park located in Orlando, Florida in the case styled Hope Estrada v. Sea World of Florida LLC d/b/a Sea World. The plaintiff claimed she was injured when she slipped on green slime in the Manta Aquarium while on a field trip with her son’s school. Sea World proved there was no green slime on the floor and that the floor of the aquarium exceeded slip resistance standards. The jury found no negligence, returning a verdict in Sea World’s favor.
Attorneys Rob Blank and Carie Hall of the firm’s Tampa office obtained a favorable verdict in a negligence case in Hillsborough County, Florida in April of 2014. Blank and Hall represented Busch Gardens, a theme park located in Tampa, in the case styled Rafael Ramos-Lopez v. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment LLC d/b/a Busch Gardens. The plaintiff claimed he was injured when an actor struck him in the leg with a steel barrel while performing a scare at Howl-O-Scream, a Halloween-themed event. Busch Gardens denied the actor was negligent and denied the back and neck injuries claimed by the plaintiff were caused by the accident. The jury originally returned a verdict for plaintiff for only $274, which represented approximately 25% of the bill for his emergency room visit the night of the accident, despite a two-level back surgery and $130,274.46 in claimed medical expenses. When instructed by the judge that they needed to also award some amount of non-economic damages, the jury determined plaintiff was only entitled to $1 for past pain and suffering and $1 for future pain and suffering, making the total verdict $276. Busch Gardens has moved for its attorneys’ fees pursuant to plaintiff’s rejection of Busch Gardens’ $10,000 proposal for settlement.
Attorneys Rob Blank and Carie Hall, of the firm’s Tampa office, obtained a mid-trial dismissal with prejudice in a negligence case in Hillsborough County, Florida in August of 2013. Blank and Hall represented Busch Gardens, a theme park located in Tampa, in a case in which the plaintiff alleged her minor son was injured on the Tanganyika Tidal Wave ride when he leaned outside the boat and cut his left cheek. Busch Gardens denied the Tidal Wave ride is unsafe and demonstrated that it provided adequate and appropriate written and verbal warnings to guests to remain sitting upright with their bodies inside the boat. The minor plaintiff failed to obey these warnings when he leaned his head over the side of the boat, and plaintiff was negligent for her failure to properly supervise her minor son while she was sitting next to him on the ride when he was injured. Plaintiffs dismissed the case with prejudice in the middle of trial.
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Stetson University College of Law — J.D., cum laude, 2012
University of South Florida — B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 2008
Florida Metropolitan University — A.S., Paralegal Studies, magna cum laude, 1995