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5 Halloween Nighttime Safety Tips

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2019

It is that time of year again – the leaves are changing, and kids are eagerly planning their Halloween costumes. While decorating your house and buying candy for trick-or-treaters, however, do not neglect one of the most important tasks this time of year: preparing your family for a safe Halloween. Unfortunately, the scares some families get on Halloween are real, such as a child darting into traffic or a serious trip-and-fall accident. A few simple nighttime safety tips could keep you out of the hospital this Halloween. Light the Night Halloween may be all about dark, shadowy corners and night frights, but that does not mean you should expose yourself to fall hazards. If you take the kids trick-or-treating, bring a flashlight or equip the children with glowsticks for better nighttime visibility. Light the sidewalks and roads where you are walking to avoid obstacles you might trip over. You could… read more

Is Florida Still a No-Fault State? (2019)

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2019

After a vehicle collision, it is your duty as a driver to know how the insurance laws operate in your state so you can file a claim. Insurance laws will determine how to go about requesting compensation for your damages, such as medical bills and property damage repairs. Most states abide by fault-based laws, which hold the at-fault party accountable for his or her actions by making that driver’s insurance company pay for victims’ damages. In 12 states, however, no-fault insurance laws apply to car accidents. No-fault insurance requires every driver to file claims with their insurers, regardless of fault. As of 2019, Florida remains a no-fault state. How Do Florida’s Insurance Laws Work? Despite most states adopting fault-based insurance laws, Florida remains a no-fault car insurance state. Florida’s insurance laws hold that each party involved in a collision will seek damage restitution from their own insurance providers, with no… read more

Can I File a Claim if a Police Car Hits Me?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on October 8, 2019

Police officers are just like other drivers. Despite being members of law enforcement, they can make mistakes behind the wheel that cause serious accidents. Driver distraction or negligence could contribute to a police car striking a pedestrian or another driver. If a police vehicle hits you in Tampa, you may have grounds to file an injury claim, with the help of a car accident attorney, against the entity the officer works for, such as the Tampa Police Department or the Florida Highway Patrol. The Florida Tort Claims Act Sovereign immunity is a legal doctrine that protects most government entities from civil lawsuits. It holds that a government’s position exempts it from liability for citizens’ damages. Most states, however, have counteracted sovereign immunity with Tort Claims Acts – laws exposing the government to liability in certain situations. In Florida, the State Constitution waives sovereign immunity for liability for specific torts. In… read more

Can You File an Injury Claim on Behalf of Someone in Florida?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2019

A personal injury claim could grant an injured victim the justice he or she needs to move forward. A successful injury claim in Florida could end in compensation for losses such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, income losses and medical expenses. Sometimes, however, a victim suffers such severe injuries that he or she is unable to bring a claim alone. If your loved one suffered an incapacitating injury, such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, you can get help from a Tampa Personal Injury attorney. Can You Legally File a Personal Injury Claim on Behalf of Someone Else? The law in Florida does not permit just anyone to bring a personal injury claim for another person. You will only have the right to file an injury claim on someone else’s behalf if you have a special relationship with that person. If you are friends with someone… read more

3 School Zone Driving Tips

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on September 10, 2019

The School season is in full swing, with millions of kids returning to classes in August and September. Whether you have school-aged children or not, it is important to refresh your knowledge of school zone driving tips to keep students in Tampa safe. Every year, distracted and negligent drivers cause school zone car accidents and related pedestrian injuries and deaths. Following a few simple tips could save a child’s life. Obey the Speed Limit School zones in Tampa have low speed limits for a reason. Driving any faster than 15 to 20 miles per hour (mph) can pose unnecessary risks to pedestrians. Speeding is one of the most dangerous school zone driver behaviors. A speeding driver may be unable to hit the brakes fast enough to avoid a collision if something unexpected happens, such as a child darting out into the road from behind a parked car. Speeding can reduce… read more

6 Parasailing Safety Tips

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on August 16, 2019

Parasailing is a popular pastime and tourist activity off of many Florida coasts. Parasailing is a form of parachuting in which a boat tows a parasail and passengers behind it using a rope system. Thousands of people parasail annually without issue; but sometimes, disaster strikes. A parasailing accident could cause significant and fatal personal injuries, from traumatic brain injuries to accidental drowning. Following a few key safety tips could potentially prevent a parasailing tragedy. Choose the Right Company Find a parasailing company that properly maintains its equipment, educates its passengers and trains its operators. In all parasailing accidents recorded – with one exception – the cause of the accident has been equipment failure, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Since the NTSB began recording parasailing accident statistics in 2009, eight people have died and five people have sustained serious injuries. Proper equipment maintenance could have prevented most of… read more

Can Amusement Rides Cause Concussions?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on August 14, 2019

Concussions occur more often than any other type of brain injury. A concussion can occur when the brain sustains some kind of trauma, such as a blow to the head. It can also occur due to extreme kinetic forces. The gravitational forces in a car accident or amusement park ride, for example, could damage the brain and cause concussions. Although most concussions are minor traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), they can still pose significant problems to victims, including medical care and missed time at work. Before you get on a ride this summer or fall in Tampa, understand the potential risks of personal injuries. Can It Cause Brain Injury?     Many physicians, neurosurgeons and subject-matter experts have studied the possible connection between roller coasters and traumatic brain injuries. Complaints of head injury symptoms after riding roller coasters, such as headaches and dizziness, have led to discussions about the potential relationship. Studies have… read more

Who Is Responsible for Injuries Caused By Nature?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on July 20, 2019

Human error is the main cause of serious accidents, injuries and deaths in Florida each year. Yet, as thousands have experienced, Mother Nature can also cause significant damage. When a natural event or disaster causes personal injuries, it can be more difficult to obtain financial recovery for damages. A few legal options may be available to you, however, depending on the situation. Seek Benefits From an Insurance Provider The best way to ensure coverage for injuries caused by nature is by purchasing adequate insurance in Florida. Comprehensive vehicle and homeowner’s insurance can cover damages that stem from acts of God. Acts of God refer to events that no person could reasonably have predicted or prevented. Comprehensive insurance plans may cover the costs of property repairs and medical bills for injuries after many different events. Hurricanes Tornadoes Tropical storms Floods Severe rain or wind Lightning Hail Fires Sinkholes You will not… read more

13 More Crazy Laws in Florida

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on July 19, 2019

For the most part, legal matters are not funny. The legal industry often involves serious topics such as personal injuries and criminal allegations. Legal topics are often not very entertaining, either…with a few outstanding exceptions. Florida is notorious for news stories involving crazy people, but it is also home to some wild and irrational laws. We previously listed 18 of Florida’s craziest laws. Here, we bring you 13 more. Owning a Computer In 2013, Florida lawmakers passed House Bill 155 intending to prohibit electronic gambling devices. The bill effectively made internet cafés, slot machines and similar gambling enterprises illegal in the state. Yet the wording of the bill was so vague that it unintentionally banned all computers in the state as well. Being Annoying in Public One Florida statute, section 823.01, makes it a crime to annoy the community. The statute does not give any parameters, so almost anything could… read more

8 Preventable Summertime Injuries

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on June 25, 2019

There’s no doubt people have more fun in the sun. Good weather conditions mean more people are outside, on vacation, playing sports, and enjoying other outdoor activities. Most people never consider all this fun might increase the risk of injury during the summer. Summer injuries are some of the most common, but also the most preventable. It is important to know the facts about summer injuries to help you and your family enjoy the safest summer yet. Here is a list of 8 preventable personal injuries that our Tampa personal injury attorneys see most commonly during the summer seasons. Water Injuries Summer is swimming season. This means that water injuries are specifically high in swimming pools. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children up to age 14. Drowning is the worst swimming injury and other injuries may include slip & falls, and broken bones. Some useful pool… read more