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  • 12 Dec. 2016

    Can I File a Lawsuit If the Accident Was Partly My Fault?

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Determining fault is one of the most difficult aspects of any accident claim. However, it is also the most important. Determining who was at fault for an accident, and to what degree, is rarely straightforward – even in cases that seem “black and white.” For example, let’s say that Driver A was making a left-hand turn when Driver B, who was driving 30 mph above the speed ...
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  • 8 Dec. 2016

    How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Deadlines for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida In Florida, all personal injury lawsuits must be filed before the statute of limitations expires. The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have from the date of your injury to file a claim. If you fail to do so before the clock runs out in your case, you will be barred from recovering any level of compensation. For this ...
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  • 18 Nov. 2016

    Bitten By a Dog in Florida? Here's What You Need to Know

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    About “Strict Liability” in Florida Dog Bite Cases Florida’s dog bite statute, Section 767.04, states that a dog owner is strictly liable for the actions of their pet. More specifically, they are liable for injuries if their dog bites another person who is on public property or lawfully in a private place. So what does “strict liability” mean according to the law? ...
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  • 3 Oct. 2016

    Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    According to Florida Statutes section 678.18, when one party’s negligent conduct causes the death of another person, the deceased person’s family or estate may bring a wrongful death claim on his or her behalf. The law requires that a personal representative of the decedent’s estate file the claim on the deceased person’s behalf (as named in the deceased person’s will ...
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  • 30 Aug. 2016

    Common Causes of Truck Accidents

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Truck collisions can be some of the most severe auto accidents on the road. Unfortunately, it is passenger vehicles that bear the brunt of a collision with a tractor-trailer, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. These accidents are almost always entirely preventable, and usually arise out of some form of negligence – meaning that damages are pursuable from the responsible party. Below, we ...
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  • 29 Aug. 2016

    The Truth About "Full Coverage" Auto Insurance in Florida

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    What Is “Full Coverage” Auto Insurance? You’ve probably heard the term “full coverage insurance.” You might think it accurately describes what the insurance company will pay in the event of an auto accident, but you would be wrong. Full coverage insurance policies do not exist in Florida. What you were sold by the insurance company as a “full coverage ...
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  • 24 Aug. 2016

    5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    The aftermath of an accident in which you have been injured can be an overwhelming one, and with so much going on, it is understandable that one of the last things on your mind is legal action. In addition to the physical pain of your injury, other things on your mind may include the amount of time you have spent away from your job during your recovery, as well as how you are going to pay your ...
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  • 11 Jul. 2016

    Florida Pedestrian Accident Statistics

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Walking is a great way to get around, especially in sunny Florida. Sadly, statistics reveal that Florida is the deadliest state for pedestrians, with the most dangerous cities to walk in being Tampa, Orlando, Clearwater, and Jacksonville. Many of these accidents are the result of careless drivers who fail in their duty to operate their vehicles in a lawful and safe manner, but there are also many ...
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  • 15 Mar. 2016

    Nissan Recalls 47,000 Cars Due to Defective Brakes

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Nissan has issued a recall of almost 47,000 of their electric vehicles (LEAF) due to defective brake system. U.S safety regulators have confirmed the problem is inside the cars’ electronic brake booster. “During very cold temperatures, the relay inside the electronic brake booster may freeze, requiring the driver to exert more effort to slow the vehicle down.” (NHTSA.com) The ...
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  • 23 Feb. 2016

    4 Ways to Avoid a Pedestrian Accident While Jogging

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Jogging is a year-round activity in Florida. With our busy roadways, it is important for pedestrians, as well as drivers, to be mindful of their safety while they are jogging in order to prevent an accident. Consider these safety tips during your jog: Check for vehicles before crossing driveways. If you are running in a busy area or a residential neighborhood, you may have to cross a number of ...
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  • 17 Feb. 2016

    Causes of Electrocution Accidents on Construction Sites

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    On almost every construction site, there is an abundance of power tools, heavy machinery, and large construction vehicles used on a normal basis. Undoubtedly, these electronically powered pieces of equipment can cause a worker to suffer serious injuries from electrocution if they are not careful or employers do not enforce the proper safety precautions. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health ...
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  • 26 Jan. 2016

    Injuries Caused by Tanning Beds

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Most people are probably aware that over-exposure to UV radiation is unsafe because it can cause cancer and/or burn injuries. The sun is a major source of this type of radiation, but besides the sun, people are also exposed to UV radiation by man-made devices such as tanning beds and medical devices for radiation therapy. Even though advances in their technology have greatly improved the safety of ...
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  • 20 Jan. 2016

    Safety Tips: 3 Dangerous Shoe Types that Increase Your Chance of Falling

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Our firm has handled numerous slip and fall accident cases in our years of practice, and have seen firsthand how painful and frustrating it can be to recover from a preventable injury. Many of these accidents are caused by factors outside of the victim’s control, usually involving some degree of negligence from a property owner. In the interest of safety, we have put together some valuable ...
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  • 19 Jan. 2016

    Who Pays for Medical Care after a Car Accident? Auto Insurance or Health Insurance?

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    If you are injured in a car crash, you can use both policies to pay for medical care, but your car insurance will be primary. When you seek medical attention following a car accident, your PIP coverage (Personal Injury Protection) will pay 80% of your medical bills until it is exhausted; you are still responsible for the remaining 20%. Florida No-Fault benefits (PIP) cover up to $10,000 per ...
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  • 13 Jan. 2016

    Dangerous Toys Are Still on Department Store Shelves

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    It can be fun to buy your child or a young loved one a toy. Their eyes light up and smiles spread across their faces instantly. Despite how fun it may be to give a child a toy, it is important to do research on the item to ensure it is safe for the kid. Recently, the United States Public Interest Research Group reported that many dangerous toys are still on the shelves of department stores ...
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  • 17 Dec. 2015

    Hoverboards: A Popular Holiday Gift that Can Catch Fire and Explode

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    They are calling it the hottest Christmas gift this year, the hoverboards, but be careful because they can literally get so hot they can catch fire. In the last month, there has been several reports across the country about these products exploding and causing serious injuries to consumers. An exploding two-wheeler burned a house down in Louisiana a few weeks ago. In New York, another one caused ...
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  • 13 Nov. 2015

    Jury Awards $21.5 Million to a Man Injured in Cruise Ship Incident

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Yesterday, a jury in Seattle awarded a man $21.5 million in damages for a mild brain injury he suffered when an automatic sliding glass door hit him in the side of the face. The man was enjoying a family vacation on a cruise when the accident occurred. There is a surveillance video showing the moment when guests are exiting to the pool area and the sliding doors unexpectedly close hitting this ...
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  • 26 Oct. 2015

    Key Legal Aspects About Slip & Fall Cases

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident and you are filing an insurance claim or lawsuit, you need to be familiar with some of the laws that might affect your case – which includes hiring an experienced personal injury attorney in Tampa that can guide you through this legal process while protecting your rights. There are two main aspects about slip and fall cases that you need ...
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  • 14 Oct. 2015

    Filing a Claim After Suffering a Whiplash Injury

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Many of you have probably heard the term “whiplash injury,” but what you might not know is how serious this type of injury can be. Whiplash injuries are mostly caused by rear-end collisions. A rear impact causes the head and neck to be forced into a hyperextended (backward) position as the seat pushes the person’s torso forward – and the unrestrained head and neck fall ...
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  • 4 Sep. 2015

    Enjoy Labor Day Weekend but Never Take a Vacation from Safety

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Many people consider Labor Day to be the closing of summer time, so they view it as their last chance to travel, go to the beach and fire up the grill. Have fun this weekend, but don’t forget about safety. Here are some tips to help you have a safe and pleasurable holiday. Unfortunately, Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest times for traffic fatalities. The National Safety Council ...
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  • 13 Aug. 2015

    9 Safety Tips About School Buses and Kids' Safety

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    According to recent statistics regarding type of driver and accidents incidence, school buses might be the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth from school. However, a car crash while riding on the bus is not the only concern parents should be worried about. The moments before getting on the bus and right after they get off are precisely when they need to pay the most ...
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  • 29 Jul. 2015

    Look Before You Lock: New Car Seat Technology Hits the Market

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    There is a new product on the market this summer that literally saves lives – kids’ lives! Walmart and Evenflo have partnered up on a new car seat that is designed to help parents avoid leaving their kids in hot cars. According to KidsAndCars.org, an average of 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles. This summer, Evenflo ...
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  • 24 Jul. 2015

    10 Things You Should Do at the Scene of an Accident

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    1. Do not leave the scene! You might be in shock and emotionally distressed due to the impact, but leaving the scene should never be the answer. In Florida, you could be penalized with up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $5,000 for leaving the scene of an auto accident; this is considered a felony offense. 2. Check for injuries. Make sure you and others around you are ok. You have the duty to ...
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  • 24 Jul. 2015

    The Effects of Heat and Rain on the Performance of Tires

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Summer weather can affect the performance of your tires, increasing the risk for an auto accident, especially here in Tampa. NHTSA estimates that tire failure causes approximately 11,000 auto accidents per year. Two factors of summer weather can dramatically change the efficiency of your tires, heat and rain. Heat Heat is your tires worst enemy. Heat increases the temperature of the pavement and ...
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  • 14 May. 2015

    Ron Darrigo Is Granted Certification as a Florida Circuit Court Mediator

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    We are very proud to announce that our founding partner, Attorney Ronald Darrigo, has become certified as a Florida Circuit Court Mediator and will be providing Mediation services for lawyers and insurance adjusters at the Darrigo Diaz & Jimenez office on North Armenia Blvd. in Tampa. Darrigo’s expert understanding of many facets of Florida Law, along with his authoritative yet calm ...
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