Category : Personal Injury

  • 05 Aug 2019

    JUUL use increases by an alarming 78% for high schoolers and 48% for middle schoolers

    Posted By Meredith Cagle

    JUULs, or e-cigarettes, have exploded in popularity in recent years — but not among the people for which they were intended. Instead of being used by adults who are trying to stop smoking, teenagers who have never picked up a cigarette are now vaping in record numbers. In a new report published by the Centers
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  • 13 Jun 2019

    Left Turn Accidents Account for 60% of All Intersection Collisions

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Driver error accounts for 95% of motor vehicle accidents.1 To some degree, a driver’s decision or behavior is almost always to blame in the event of a crash. Whether texting, tailgating, or speeding, driver errors are risky, unsafe, and can even be fatal. Yet, one of the most dangerous decisions a driver has to make
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  • 10 Jun 2019

    Rise in Delivery Trucks on Roads Sees Increase in Accidents in Tampa

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    We all love the ability to order something online and get it delivered the very next day. Amazon’s FREE and insanely fast delivery services have prompted a shift in how we shop for clothing, furniture, appliances, and groceries. Yet, the online revolution is changing something else: transportation. There are more delivery trucks on the road
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  • 06 Jun 2019

    I was injured in a golf cart accident in Tampa. What do I do now?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Golf Cart Accidents in Tampa: More Dangerous than Expected While it might not be so surprising that Florida has the most golf courses in the United States. You may be shocked to learn that Florida has the more golf carts on public roadways than any other state. Tampa Bay is a particular hot spot for
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  • 01 Jun 2019

    Florida has the most uninsured drivers. Everyone needs UM. (Uninsured Motorist coverage)

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    According to multiple studies, Florida ranks first in the United States for number of uninsured drivers.1-3 An estimated 5 million Florida drivers either have no insurance or insufficient insurance. This means that if you get into an accident in Florida, there’s about a one in four chance it will be with an uninsured driver. If
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  • 29 May 2019

    I-4 named the most dangerous highway in country. Tampa claims two of it’s most dangerous sections.

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    It’s a popular road you take to drive from Tampa to Orlando, but Interstate 4 has another title: the most dangerous highway in the country.  According to Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) data retrieved from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 165 deaths on the 132-mile interstate in the last
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  • 07 May 2019

    Tampa’s electric scooter invasion offers a glimpse of the dangers to come

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    There’s an old urban legend, that in 1895, the first two automobiles arrived in an Ohio town, promptly drove down Main Street, and crashed into each other. The new transportation technology was poorly understood and unregulated and, not surprisingly, resulted in disaster. True or not, that story is analogous to what’s currently happening in Tampa
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  • 07 Jan 2019

    Improper Passing Leading Cause of Two-Lane Road Fatalities

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Twice as many highway fatalities occur on two-lane roads, according to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The report reveals that 75% of two-vehicle, head-on collisions occur on undivided two-lane roads—and head-on collisions are disproportionately deadly. One of the leading causes of head-on collisions is failing to pass properly. Passing Other Vehicles
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  • 07 Jan 2019

    Five Biggest Social Media Mistakes Personal Injury Clients Make!

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Posted by Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez Today, social media is just a part of everyday life. We wake up and check various channels for the latest news, local updates, and personal content from our friends, family, and work colleagues. Throughout the day, we monitor trending topics and post our own thoughts and photos. At the
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  • 16 Nov 2018

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

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    ‘Tis the season of busy schedules filled with family events and holiday gatherings and fun office holiday parties! Office year-end events are a ‘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
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  • 23 Oct 2018

    2nd Annual DDJ Blankets Tampa Bay

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

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  • 21 Aug 2018

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

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 11 Jun 2018

    Traumatic Brain Injuries in Children Linked to ADHD Years Later

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 24 May 2018

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

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 27 Apr 2018

    My Uber Got into a Wreck. Can I Sue?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Did you know that if you’re in a car accident while riding in a Lyft or Uber vehicle, you will most likely be unable to sue the mega ride-share companies? Drivers of Lyft and Uber are independent contractors—not employees. This means that the ride-share companies can completely deny any liability for car accidents involving vehicles
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  • 23 Apr 2018

    Distracted driving — an epidemic on the roads.

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 12 Dec 2016

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

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 08 Dec 2016

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

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 18 Nov 2016

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

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 03 Oct 2016

    Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 30 Aug 2016

    Common Causes of Truck Accidents

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 29 Aug 2016

    The Truth About “Full Coverage” Auto Insurance in Florida

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 24 Aug 2016

    5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 11 Jul 2016

    Florida Pedestrian Accident Statistics

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 15 Mar 2016

    Nissan Recalls 47,000 Cars Due to Defective Brakes

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 23 Feb 2016

    4 Ways to Avoid a Pedestrian Accident While Jogging

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 17 Feb 2016

    Causes of Electrocution Accidents on Construction Sites

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 26 Jan 2016

    Injuries Caused by Tanning Beds

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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.
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  • 20 Jan 2016

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

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 19 Jan 2016

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

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 13 Jan 2016

    Dangerous Toys Are Still on Department Store Shelves

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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.
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  • 17 Dec 2015

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

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 13 Nov 2015

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

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 26 Oct 2015

    Key Legal Aspects About Slip & Fall Cases

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 14 Oct 2015

    Filing a Claim After Suffering a Whiplash Injury

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 04 Sep 2015

    Enjoy Labor Day Weekend but Never Take a Vacation from Safety

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 13 Aug 2015

    9 Safety Tips About School Buses and Kids’ Safety

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 29 Jul 2015

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

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 24 Jul 2015

    The Effects of Heat and Rain on the Performance of Tires

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 24 Jul 2015

    10 Things You Should Do at the Scene of an Accident

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 14 May 2015

    Ron Darrigo Is Granted Certification as a Florida Circuit Court Mediator

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and 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
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  • 27 Feb 2015

    Free Property Damage Specialist Services

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    All of those who have been in a car accident can relate to the fact that property damage could be quite a headache. After an accident, not being able to drive your vehicle or not having the possibility of a rental can be extremely stressful. Whether your vehicle needs to go for an inspection at a body
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  • 21 Jan 2015

    DDJ Achieves $1,000,000 Settlement for Car Accident Case

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez represented a Tampa couple who were the victims of a reckless driver in North Carolina. There were several vehicles involved in this crash, which was caused by a DUI driver; his alcohol level was double the legal limits. Initially, the clients did not seem to have serious injuries. However, both of them later
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  • 14 Oct 2014

    Risks of Spine & Shoulder Injuries When Using Workout Machines

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Do you or one of your love ones exercise using workout machines? If so, you should be aware of the risks of shoulder and spine injuries you might be exposed to. Recent studies of fitness experts revealed the improper use or lack of maintenance and supervision of some exercise equipment can lead to injuries that
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  • 10 Jun 2014

    New Guidelines Could Help Prevent Car Submersion Deaths

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    With hurricane season starting soon, Floridians have to start preparing for the much dreaded negative side effects of the sunshine state. An average of 100 people die in floods yearly, with 60% of them occurring in vehicles. These deaths could be avoided with new regulations on safety standards. In case of a vehicle submersion, the best
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  • 28 May 2014

    Recalled Cars Still Being Rented

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Updated on June 3, 2019. There is a loophole in our legal system that allows used vehicles under recall to be rented or sold without being repaired. Under federal law, used-car dealers and rental car companies are not required to tell customers that a vehicle has been recalled. This is particularly concerning given the hundreds
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  • 22 May 2014

    Seatbelts, Transmissions and Fire Risks

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Another 2.4 million vehicles are being recalled by GM. The recall includes 2009-2014 model crossovers Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook due to the seatbelt separating from the car during impact. The issue is so severe that dealers have been ordered to halt sells on affected models until all appropriate repairs have
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  • 20 May 2014

    Another Turn-Off for GM

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    A new GM recall covers over 2 million possibly affected vehicles. The latest GM recall to shake the automotive giant encompasses six different models from three different automakers in addition to eight thousand vehicles that might have used the defective switch as a service replacement part. Chevrolet’s Cobalt and HHR, Pontiac’s G5 and Solstice as
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  • 24 Jan 2014

    DDJ Represents Motorcyclist Couple Left for Dead in Brandon

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    The law firm of Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez announced that it is representing Connie and David Lindsay, two motorcyclists who were victims of a recent widely publicized hit & run accident on May 15th in Brandon. The life-threatening car versus motorcycle accident happened on Bell Shoals Road on the evening of May 15th in which Connie was
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  • 31 Dec 2013

    The Green Liquid and the White Floor

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    In 2004, our client, who had worked all his life as a successful machinist in New York, was shopping at Walmart in Tampa. As he approached the check-out lines and began to round the end-cap to enter the cash register lane, he slipped and fell in a puddle of green liquid on an otherwise pristine
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