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What is CTE?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on October 13, 2017

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has gained more widespread attention in recent years, in part because of litigation surrounding the National Football League (NFL). If you’re unfamiliar with CTE, you’re not alone. This relatively new diagnosis can be confusing. Here’s what you need to know. Defining CTE CTE is a degenerative brain disease that primarily affects athletes, members of the military, and other people with a history of repetitive brain trauma. With this disease, a special protein, called tau protein, forms clumps that spread throughout the brain and create cell death. CTE has been noted in individuals as young as 17, but the symptoms usually don’t manifest until years after the individual has suffered multiple head impacts. The earliest symptoms of CTE may appear in a patient’s 20s and 30s. These are usually marked by changes in the patient’s mood or behavior. Common examples include aggression, impulse control issues, paranoia, and… read more

Top 5 Most Common Halloween Injuries and How to Prevent Them

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Personal Injury,Safety,Uncategorized on October 13, 2017

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year. Adults and children alike enjoy dressing up and celebrating the season. Whether your Halloween plans have you trick or treating, passing out candy, or attending an adult party, injuries can and do happen each year. Learn the most common Halloween injuries and how you can prevent them. 1. Traffic Accidents It should come as no surprise that kids walking through the streets and adults going to Halloween parties can lead to disaster. On this night, there is an increased risk for pedestrian accidents and drunk driving collisions. Parents, make sure your children keep to the sidewalks and avoid dangerous intersections. Only allow your children to go trick or treating solo if they’re mature enough to understand these rules. Give your children flashlights and consider adding reflective tape to their costumes so they’re more visible in the dark. If you’re… read more

5 Tips To Prepare For a Natural Disaster

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on October 13, 2017

Florida is currently in the throes of hurricane season. We’ve already weathered Irma, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that this will be one of the most active hurricane seasons in recent history. You might consider yourself a hurricane preparation pro, but it’s nice to a have a refresher about natural disaster safety and preparedness. Be prepared for any natural disaster by observing these tips: 1. Use National Resources No matter the disaster, Ready.gov is your one-stop shop for preparedness. Here, you’ll find specific advice for emergencies like hurricanes, floods, fires, and more. You’ll also find tutorials for making a family emergency action plan, creating a contingency plan for pets, and preparing your business for natural disasters and other emergencies. The site also has external links to other valuable resources, like: The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s FEMA mobile app, which allows you to access weather, shelter information,… read more

What Are Your Legal Options After a Construction Accident?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on October 13, 2017

If you recently sustained an injury on a construction site, you may be feeling overwhelmed. An injury will keep you from your livelihood, so you may be worried about lost wages as your wounds heal. Fortunately, Florida law provides recourse for injured construction workers. Here is a basic review of your legal options following a Florida construction accident: File a Workers’ Compensation Claim For most workers, the first line of defense is a workers’ compensation claim. Florida law requires all employers carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover injuries their employees may suffer on the job. To collect your benefits, follow a few simple steps: 1.  Report your injury as soon as possible While you have up to 30 days to report the incident to your supervisor, it’s best to let him or her know as soon as you experience symptoms. Waiting to file for benefits may cause your employer to… read more

Top 5 Swimming Pool Safety Tips

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Personal Injury,Uncategorized on October 13, 2017

While facilities around the country are closing their pools for the winter, it’s always swimming season in Florida. Pools can be an ideal way to cool off and take a breather, but they can also lead to injury. Swimming pool accidents are rare, though they can have devastating consequences. Take steps to protect yourself and your family with these swimming pool safety tips: 1. Know Basic Lifesaving Skills Everyone who enters a pool should be familiar with the basics – for example, how to float and move through the water with ease. Those unfamiliar with these fundamentals should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard Certified lifejacket. Look for the seal of approval on the inside of the jacket. It’s important to note that water wings, inflatable jackets, and other leisure toys do not serve a lifesaving purpose. Never allow children to use them without supervision. If you frequently swim in a… read more

Alligator Attacks: How To Prevent and Create Awareness

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Personal Injury,Uncategorized on October 13, 2017

Last summer, the nation woke to news of a tragic story. A toddler, while on vacation with his parents at Walt Disney World, had been attacked by an alligator. While his mom and dad did all they could to get their boy back, the alligator pulled him underwater, and he drowned. While these events are uncommon, the fact that this happened in one of the nation’s busiest resorts reminds us that alligators are fairly common in the lakes and rivers of Florida, they are still wild animals and should be treated with an abundance of caution. How can you prevent alligator attacks on your vacation? We have some safety tips: 1. Know the Risks Thankfully, serious injuries involving alligators are uncommon – in fact, you’re statistically more likely to be struck by lightning or win the lottery. However, those odds change a bit when you live in swampy areas. Alligators are… read more

Can I Sue a Dentist for Medical Malpractice?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Medical Malpractice,Personal Injury on August 8, 2017

A dentist is a medical professional who has completed years of training, passed a rigorous licensing exam, and participated in continuing education courses required to renew his or her license. As medical professionals, dentists are held to high standards when it comes to their treatment of patients, just as doctors and other health care professionals are. A dentist in Florida is required to provide a standard of care that is at least equal to that which another reasonably competent dentist practicing in the same area of specialization in Florida would deliver under the same or similar circumstances. So, the answer is yes, you can sue your dentist for malpractice. But to succeed, there are four elements that you will have to be able to prove. Elements Required to Prove Dental Malpractice Duty of Care First, in order to sue a dentist, you need to establish that the dentist you are… read more

How to File an Accident Report in Florida and Why

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents on June 12, 2017

If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a vehicle or any other kind of machinery, you’re probably wondering what your next steps should be. Since Florida is a “no-fault” insurance state, you’ll likely have to file a claim with your own insurance company. To expedite the process, you’ll want as much evidence as possible – and an accident report can help provide all the information your insurance company needs to make a decision. Learn how and why to file an accident report in Florida. Why File An Accident Report? After a car accident, police usually respond to the scene and write up an accident report. An accident report offers many specifics about an accident – the date, time, and names and numbers of witnesses, to name a few. It also makes a preliminary fault determination, which can be helpful to your insurance claim or to your car accident attorney… read more

10 Reasons People Don’t Sue Their Doctors But Should

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Hospital Negligence,Medical Malpractice on June 5, 2017

You might have a medical malpractice case if a health professional fails to provide proper treatment, and that failure caused your injury. Generally, medical malpractice occurs when all four of the following apply: You had a doctor/patient relationship. Your doctor violated his or her duty of care (i.e., committed negligence). That negligence directly led to injuries or a poor health care outcome. Those injuries led to specific damages. In the medical profession, you’ll find most doctors are wholly devoted to their patient’s health. Unfortunately, you’ll find some who cut corners and don’t have their patient’s best interests at heart. These are the Top 10 reasons people should sue their negligent doctors, but don’t: 1. They Like Their Doctor We all develop personal relationships with our health care providers. Sometimes, it’s hard to believe those who help us could do anything wrong. But, if your doctor misses an important diagnosis that… read more

Can You Sue For Bad Plastic Surgery Results?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Medical Malpractice,Personal Injury on May 22, 2017

Cosmetic surgery, commonly called plastic surgery, is different than other types of surgery because it is elective. A patient wishes to make a change to his or her body for some reason and hires a physician to perform the necessary procedures. Some forms of plastic surgery are not elective and are instead restorative procedures intended to repair an injured person’s appearance after suffering a disfiguring injury. In these situations, it is highly unlikely that a patient would want to sue his or her doctor for performing a restorative procedure. However, patients who choose elective surgery may feel as if they should they have some legal recourse if they don’t like the results. It’s vital to recognize the difficulty in pursuing these types of cases. Are Bad Results Malpractice? Medical malpractice defines any instance of a doctor or medical professional causing harm to a patient by acting in a manner contrary… read more