Legal News & Information

  • 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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  • 30 Nov 2015

    Cyber Monday Security Tips

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    With more than 900 retailers offering deals this Cyber Monday, security might not be of the highest important, but in fact, it should be your number one priority when buying things online. Here are some security tips to protect yourself from fraudsters. Watch how you shop online Be especially careful of any unexpected pop-ups while
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  • 18 Nov 2015

    Home Depot Recalls 28 Different Products

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Home Depot is recalling 28 different products at once due to hazards including fire, burn, shock, falls, lacerations or other injuries depending on the product. Just this morning the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Home Depot announced a multi-product recall warning consumers that 28 different recalled products continued to be sold even when
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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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  • 30 Oct 2015

    Halloween Safety Tips

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Safe Walk Put electronic devices down and keep heads up while walking. Cross the street at corners, use traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing
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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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  • 08 Oct 2015

    How bad is traffic in the Tampa Bay area?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    According to a recent study (April 2015) by GPS manufacturer Tom Tom, Tampa landed at No. 21 out of 63 on a list ranking the most congested areas for traffic in the Americas. The study factored in congestion levels, or the percentage of commuters experiencing traffic congestion and the length of time, for 180 largest
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  • 25 Sep 2015

    3 Helpful Tips to Improve Your Auto Insurance Policy

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    When it comes to car insurance, most people are concerned about getting fair premiums, but making sure you have the appropriate coverage to protect you in different situations after a car accident is usually secondary when it should be a priority. Getting the right coverage should be the number-one goal when shopping for car insurance or reviewing
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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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  • 11 Oct 2013

    Florida Bans Texting & Driving, But Will It Really Make a Difference?

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    As of October 1, Florida’s new ban on texting and driving has taken effect. But as many argue, this new “secondary” law will really not make our roads — or our behaviors – any safer. The new ban on texting is called a secondary offense because police cannot pull over drivers unless they commit another
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  • 28 Aug 2013

    BP Rumored to Pull Out of Spill Settlement

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    The Deepwater Horizon oil spill of April 2010 was the biggest accidental oil spill in history, causing a wave of controversy for petroleum industry leader, BP. The consequences were huge: 4.9 million barrels of spillage that took 87 days to cap, 11 deaths, destruction of natural habitats, blows to fishing and tourism industries, human health
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  • 05 Aug 2013

    Don’t Get Caught in the Sinkhole Scam

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    As Floridians, we are all at a higher risk for experiencing sinkholes. It’s the limestone and carbonate in our beautiful landscape that makes the incidence higher. So what exactly is a sinkhole? It occurs when ground material collapses either suddenly or gradually, causing property damage. And sometimes the severity can be even more extreme, bringing
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  • 22 Jul 2013

    Rooting for Bike Number 44 – Go Miriam, Go!

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez is proud to celebrate a very unique champion in our community—12-year-old Motocross racer Miriam Johnson, from Land O Lakes. Daughter of Johnny Johnson, a personal friend of the firm and a Tampa Business Owner, Miriam has been racing for five years. And she’s become quite the all-star in this rather unexpected
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  • 10 Jul 2013

    Kaley Darrigo Earns Spot in Top 20%, Carries on Family’s Legal Legacy

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    At Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, we love celebrating our community and family. So we’re really proud to share that founder Ron Darrigo’s daughter, Kaley, has earned a spot in the top 20 percent of her 2015 graduating class at Stetson University — her father’s law school alma mater. She has even been invited to participate
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  • 10 Jun 2013

    Calling Supporters for Walk Now for Autism Speaks Sponsorship

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Last year, Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez sponsored a child at the 2012 Spring Walk Now for Autism Speaks event at Raymond James Stadium, where all contributions help support families with autistic children. We are posting this blog entry now to keep this very important cause top-of-mind in our community of Old Tampa. At Darrigo, Diaz
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  • 13 May 2013

    Tampa Earns Second Highest Road Rage Fatality Rate in the U.S.

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    As the cause of 56% of fatal vehicle accidents, aggressive driving has become an urgent problem. And it just got personal, as Tampa reached an alarming rate of 9.5 fatalities per 100,000 drivers—the second highest death rate in the nation behind San Bernardino, California. Florida seems to top the list in this road rage category, with
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  • 07 May 2013

    Tampa Traffic Fatalities Soar

    Posted By Darrigo and Diaz and Jimenez

    Along with the rest of the nation, Tampa has recently seen a disturbing increase in fatal car crashes. This spike is particularly troubling considering Florida’s improvements in previous years. Until 2012 when fatalities rose five percent, the entire nation experienced a seven-year decline in death rates, reaching record lows. For Tampa, many speculated that Florida’s
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