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  • 18 Sep. 2018

    Property Claims: How to make your storm damage insurance claims go as smoothly as possible

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Hurricane Florence started its slow march across the Southeast Friday, pounding North Carolina with a powerful combination of wind and rain. The dangerous storm, which was downgraded to a tropical storm, will batter the region through early next week. While the storm’s winds will slowly weaken, the devastating effects will continue to be felt. Recovering from catastrophic storms is stressful ...
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  • 10 Sep. 2018

    Pedestrian accidents on the rise in Tampa

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Last month, a Tampa man was walking on the sidewalk of East Hillsborough Avenue around 11 PM, when he stepped onto the road and was hit by a car. The man died at a local hospital. The crash was not a hit-an-run and everyone involve stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. This tragic pedestrian fatality reminds us of the dangers of walking along streets, especially at night. Nationwide, ...
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  • 21 Aug. 2018

    BACK TO SCHOOL: Is refurbishing a football helmet enough to keep athletes safe?

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    The helmet: the last piece of equipment a football player puts on his body before entering a game and, yet, by far the most important. And at a time when sports-related concussion concerns have been heightened by links to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma, most high school ...
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  • 6 Jul. 2018

    DDJ Property Claims: Don't become a victim of denied insurance claims for hurricane damage!

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    The 2018 hurricane season has arrived and is predicted to be more active than usual, with seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. If we learned anything from last year’s monster storm Irma and the numerous denied insurance damage claims left in her wake, now is the time to prepare. So, what are some things you can do now to prepare? The first step is reviewing your homeowner’s ...
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  • 11 Jun. 2018

    Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children Linked to ADHD Years Later

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Traumatic brain injuries send over one million children, adolescents and young adults to the emergency room each year. A recent study suggests traumatic brain injuries in children may be linked to an increased risk for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) years later. In a study reported in JAMA Pediatrics, a research team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center examined ...
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  • 24 May. 2018

    How to protect your business and make your premises a safer place for customers

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    If you're a business owner, you probably already know that if a person slips and falls at your business, you’re a prime target for a lawsuit. And premises liability cases are bad for business. Customer slip-and-fall incidents account for about 10 percent of small business claims at an average price tag of $30,000, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. If the ...
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  • 27 Apr. 2018

    My Uber Got into a Wreck. Can I Sue?

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    If you’re ever in an accident involving Uber or Lyft, you likely won’t sue the ride-sharing company outright. Drivers are technically independent contractors, not employees, meaning the company can deny liability for crashes involving their drivers (and have done so in the past, most notoriously when a driver hit and killed a six-year-old in San Francisco in 2014. But there is still ...
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  • 23 Apr. 2018

    Distracted driving -- an epidemic on the roads.

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term “accident.” It implies too much chance and too little culpability. A “crash” killed her mother in 2008, she insists, when her car was broadsided by another vehicle while on her way to pick up cat food. The other driver, a 20-year-old college student, ran a red light while talking on his cell phone, a distraction that he immediately ...
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  • 12 Sep. 2017

    Tips for Filing a Hurricane Irma Property Claim

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    With much of Florida still underwater, millions of people and businesses without power, and hundreds of thousands of damaged homes, it may seem an odd time for victims of Hurricane Irma to think about legal services. But as first responders help those in need, we at the DDJ Property Claims Division are already working to assist victims with a process that can be almost as stressful as a natural ...
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  • 20 Jan. 2017

    I Was Injured by a Dangerous Product: Who Is Liable?

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Many variables can make litigating product liability cases difficult. The most important aspect of a product liability case, and any other personal injury case, for that matter, is determining liability. If you are the plaintiff in a product liability case, the burden falls on you and your legal team to offer support and conclusive evidence for your claim. A successful product liability claim must ...
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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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  • 8 Nov. 2016

    Study Ranks Florida Highway as Most Dangerous Interstate in America

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    An analysis of interstate fatalities between 2010 and 2015 by Everquote has revealed that Interstate 4 is the most dangerous road in the country. The study analyzed raw data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The analysis revealed that there was an average of 1.41 fatalities per mile during the last six years along the 132-mile stretch of highway. Experts ...
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  • 10 Oct. 2016

    Do I Have a Right to Refuse a DUI Test in Florida?

    Posted By Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez

    Do you have a right to refuse a test for DUI if the officer asks you? The short answer is technically yes, but refusal may not be in your best interests. Here’s why: Florida is an implied consent state, which means that drivers are automatically assumed to give their consent for blood, breath, or urine tests for DUI. If a driver is lawfully arrested by an officer who has probable cause to ...
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