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How to Avoid Drunk Driving Accidents During the Holidays

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Personal Injury,Safety,Uncategorized on December 18, 2017

Celebrating the holidays is all fun and games until someone gets behind the wheel intoxicated. Christmas and New Year’s are two of the most dangerous days of the year on the roadways due to drunk driving. In 2015, 10,265 people died in drunk driving crashes throughout the U.S. Even if drunk driving accidents don’t end in death, they can cause catastrophic and life-changing injuries. No one wants to spend the holidays in the hospital. Use these tips to drive safely around the holidays in Tampa Bay. Plan Ahead It can be too easy to find yourself at a holiday party sipping a complimentary drink you didn’t plan on having. If there is any chance you will be drinking on an occasion, plan ahead to get a ride with a designated driver or rideshare service. Choose someone in your group of friends who will not consume any alcohol. If you can’t… read more

Types of Wrongful Death Claims

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Personal Injury,Safety,Wrongful Death on December 18, 2017

In Florida, a wrongful death is one that a person or entity causes through any “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty.” Wrongful deaths are especially painful and difficult to come to terms with. Surviving family members often have lingering questions such as, “Who caused my loved one’s death?” and “Could someone have prevented it?” While there are virtually limitless scenarios that could result in wrongful death, there are common situations that most often result in this type of claim. Exploring the types of wrongful death claims can help you and your family decide if you have grounds for a lawsuit. Car and Truck Accidents One of the most common types of wrongful death claims is a car-accident related claim. So far in 2017, there have been 2,620 traffic accident fatalities in Florida. After fatal car accidents, surviving family members must handle funeral and burial expenses, medical… read more

How to Detect Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Nursing Home Abuse,Safety on December 18, 2017

Nursing home abuse and neglect are crimes that affect one of the nation’s most vulnerable populations. When nursing home staff members berate, beat, humiliate, or carelessly overlook residents, serious to fatal injuries and emotional harms can occur. Sadly, family members of those in Tampa Bay nursing homes cannot blindly assume the facility will take good care of their loved ones. Nursing home abuse goes widely underreported. It is often up to the friends and family members of nursing home residents to detect abuse and neglect. 1. Look for Physical Signs Nursing home staff members may negligently or intentionally fail to properly care for residents, resulting in neglect-related injuries and illnesses. Failing to change adult diapers, to properly exercise bedridden residents, to take care of personal hygiene, forgetting to feed, or intentionally not feeding a resident are all forms of resident neglect. Physical signs of neglect include bedsores, malnutrition, deteriorating health,… read more

Drunk Driving: Facts, Consequences and Prevention [Infographic]

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents,Personal Injury,Safety,Uncategorized on December 4, 2017

The Truth About Drunk Driving Every day, approximately 28 people die from some involvement in a drunk-driving accident in the United States – that’s over 10,000 deaths caused by alcohol-related deaths per year! Often times the victims of those accidents are not the drivers, but are passengers, children, pedestrians or other innocent bystanders. Drunk driving can have many different effects on all parties involved. Let’s take a look at some of the other shocking statistics about drunk driving. Drunk Driving Facts The Consequences of Drunk Driving As seen in the infographic above, drunk driving can cause pain and suffering, monetary damages, serious injuries, and sometimes even death. When you decide to drink and drive, you are giving up your ability to think and act responsibly. Drunk driving can have legal, financial, personal and professional repercussions in the future. Some of those consequences include: Suspension of drivers license (0-12 months) or… read more

NEW STUDY: Most Dangerous School Zones in Florida

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on November 27, 2017

Update:   Do to a geocoding error, a previous version of this study described the zones as 500 feet within a school.  In actuality, our data reflected 3520 foot zones around each school, or 2/3 of a mile.  While this is a much larger area than previously described, it is still well within the normal school commute and our message of safety in school zones does not change. We have updated our rankings accordingly.  – 1Point21 Interactive Staff In 2016, 68 percent of all crashes in Florida occurred within 2/3 of a mile of a school – a total of 270,704 motor vehicle collisions. Simply put, children and teenagers are exposed to a significant number of car crashes in Florida as they walk, bike, ride, or drive to school. With the help of data visualization firm 1Point21 Interactive, we analyzed collision data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor… read more

Most Common Winter Accidents and How to Avoid Them

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents,Personal Injury,Safety on November 21, 2017

While the central Florida area isn’t likely to see a massive winter snowstorm, the season still brings its own dangers to the Sunshine State. Additionally, Floridians may choose to travel to other parts of the country where they are much more likely to encounter the infamous road conditions that plague winter drivers. Here are a list of the most common winter car accidents and some tips on how to avoid them: 1. Rear-End Collisions When a car begins to slow down in front of you, especially suddenly, many people have the instinct to slam on the brakes. On a dry road that isn’t covered in water, snow, or ice this tactic is very effective in avoiding hitting the car in front of you. However, doing this when the road has some form of condensation or precipitation on it will cause you to lose control of your car potentially. The reason… read more

3 Safety Tips For the Holiday Season

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Personal Injury,Safety on November 21, 2017

As the holidays approach, make a choice now to practice safety to ensure you and yours can enjoy the festivities and make memories you want to look back on for years to come. Here are 3 holiday safety tips you can practice to keep you and your family and friends safe: 1. Decorate Smartly People dig out decorations every fall in preparation for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas to fill their towns with the holiday spirit. Sometimes, people take risks to set up the seasonal display to remember and have accidents from falls that send them to the hospital for the wrong kind of memorable experience. Be smart and check all of your equipment before you use it. Secure your ladder to the structure and have someone act as an anchor and safety buddy. Do not set foot on your roof in inclement weather or if it is covered in snow… read more

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. Avoid property damage, serious injuries, and other life-threatening situations 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,… read more