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  • 16 Nov. 2018

    Office Holiday Parties: 5 Ways to Protect Your Business from Unwanted Liability

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    ‘Tis the season of busy schedules filled with family events and holiday gatherings and fun office holiday parties! Office year-end events are a wonderful way to show your appreciation for your staff’s hard work and they are a great way for people to connect and relax outside of a work setting. While these parties are usually a great time, there are simple precautions that you as a ...
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  • 23 Oct. 2018

    2nd Annual DDJ Blankets Tampa Bay

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  • 21 Aug. 2018

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

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    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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  • 11 Jun. 2018

    Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children Linked to ADHD Years Later

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    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

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    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?

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    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.

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    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 Dec. 2016

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

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    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?

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    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

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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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