When they got the case, Miami attorneys Thomas and Elizabeth Culmo had virtually no information about the allegedly defective motor scooter that had caused their client a serious spinal injury.

There was no company name, logo or vehicle identification number on the scooter. It was purchased at a seasonal Christmas kiosk at the Dolphin Mall, which was no longer in business and had no insurance. When they discovered that the scooter probably was manufactured in China, they were told that it would be nearly impossible to recover damages unless the company had assets in the United States.

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