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Top 3 Auto Recalls in U.S.

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

It is the legal duty of every automaker to exercise reasonable care in the design, creation, and marketing of its vehicles. If a vehicle manufacturer falls short of these duties, the results can be catastrophic. Drivers depend on manufacturers for reasonably safe and reliable vehicles. Unfortunately, many autos have fallen short over the years– often to save money – and caused life-changing personal injuries. Here are the top three auto recalls in the United States, as of 2019. Takata Airbag Recall The number one largest recall in auto industry history is Takata airbags. From 2013 to present day, 41.6 million vehicles are under recall for containing potentially dangerous Takata-brand airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns consumers that the airbags could explode when deployed due to defects that cause issues after long-term exposure to heat and humidity. Exploding Takata airbags could cause serious injuries or death to vehicle occupants… read more

How Long Do You Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in FL?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Wrongful Death on March 13, 2019

Every state has statutes of limitations. These are laws that place a time limit on how long an injured party has to file a civil claim. Statutes of limitations exist to keep the justice system fair. Without a deadline for filling, plaintiffs could wait until valuable evidence no longer exists to file – thus creating an unjust situation in which the defendant may not be able to defend him or herself. It is critical to understand the statute of limitations on Florida wrongful death claims if you recently lost a loved one. Florida Statutes Section 95.11 The text of Florida’s statute of limitations on wrongful death claims is in Section 95.11 of the Florida Statutes. This law states that all parties bringing claims founded on negligence have four years in which to do so. In a typical personal injury claim, the claimant would have four years from the date of… read more

5 Elements for a Valid Product Liability Claim

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety,Uncategorized on March 6, 2019

A product liability claim aims to hold a manufacturer or distributor legally responsible for releasing an unreasonably dangerous product to consumers. Product liability claims may be appropriate if a defective auto part, medical device, food item, or other product caused consumer injuries, illnesses, or deaths. As the victim of a defective or dangerous product, you may be eligible for compensation from the at-fault party. To receive this compensation in Florida, however, you or your lawyer will have to prove four (or five) main elements. The Product Contained a Defect A product defect is something that makes the item pose an unreasonable risk of harm to consumers, even if used correctly. You or your lawyer must prove that the item contained a defect. All defective product claims center on at least one of three types of defects: manufacturing, design, and marketing. A manufacturing error is a mistake made during the production… read more

Warning Signs of Major Brain Injury

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents,Safety,Uncategorized on February 19, 2019

Brain injuries can range in severity from mild to serious. However, major or traumatic brain injuries can result in lasting and permanent neurological damage that can impact the rest of your life. If you suffer a major brain injury, you can suffer from a loss of consciousness for over six hours and even fall into a coma. If you notice the signs of a traumatic brain injury, it is important to receive medical attention as soon as possible. Causes of Major Brain Injury in Florida A number of different accidents can cause traumatic brain injuries. Car accidents, falls from high places, slips and falls, acts of violence, and hitting another object can trigger a serious brain injury. All of these causes have one factor in common: a jolt, blow, or bump to the head that harms the normal functioning of the brain. According to the Center for Disease Control and… read more

How Safe Are Thrill Rides at Theme Parks?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety,Wrongful Death on February 12, 2019

Amusement park rides can pose a dangerous hazard to America’s thrill seekers. While people actively seek out the scariest, fastest, and most complicated rides available throughout the country, many people forget the possibility that something can go seriously wrong with these machines. While the chances of getting into an accident on an amusement park ride are relatively slim, they can still occur and have devastating impacts on the victims. Amusement Park Accident Statistics The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that data involving amusement park safety can be severely limited and regulations are inconsistent from amusement park to amusement park. While more established parks may have more stringent regulations, local fairs and smaller parks may have less regulated rides. According to an annual survey by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and the National Safety Council, many injuries occur each year. 1,508 people suffered ride-related injuries… read more

What Is Tampa’s Toilet to Tap Plan?

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

Tampa’s Toilet to Tap Plan refers to the controversial building of a new type of water treatment plant in Tampa Bay. The plant would recycle wastewater into drinkable water that would be, according to city officials, higher quality than bottled water. However, at a recent meeting concerning the Toilet to Tap Plan, Pasco County officials expressed concerns about the issue. It would allow Tampa to develop its own water supply, but officials are unsure of the necessity of the new plant, or its long-term effects on the water system. The plan would need agreement from the board of Tampa Bay Water to go into effect. How Does Toilet to Tap Work? The Toilet to Tap Plan engages a three-step process to turn wastewater into potable drinking water in Tampa Bay. The first step is to take and treat wastewater from homes in the Bay. The treatment process of the wastewater… read more

7 Tips for a Deposition

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

A deposition is the legal process of finding out more about a case. It is a part of the discovery phase in a personal injury lawsuit. During a deposition, an attorney from the defendant’s side has the right to request interviews with the victim and other witnesses. A deposition will require the witness to take an oral statement under oath prior to settlement or trial. Depositions give both sides of a lawsuit information they may be able to use later. Tips for how to handle a deposition can help you prepare as a personal injury accident victim. Give a Good Impression Although it is the facts of the case the opposition is looking for, it can help your case to make a good impression. The attorney will also be evaluating your credibility as a victim or witness. Giving a favorable impression with the right clothing, polite responses, and a calm… read more

Everything to Know About Handicap Placards in Florida

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2018

If you or a loved one struggle with any type of disability, you may qualify for a handicap placard for your vehicle in Florida. Handicap placards allow drivers to park in handicap spots and have an easier time getting in and out of different buildings throughout Florida. Everyone who uses a handicap placard should know how to renew placards, as well as when and where they apply. Qualifying for a Handicap Placard in Florida A driver must meet several criteria to qualify for a handicap placard in Florida: The individual cannot walk 200 feet without rest. The individual suffers from severe mobility restriction due to an orthopedic, neurological, or arthritic medical condition. The individual suffers from severe lung disease. The individual requires permanent use of a wheelchair. The individual is legally blind. An individual who wishes to obtain a Florida handicap placard must complete the Application for Disabled Person Parking… read more

Is It Illegal to Drive Barefoot in Florida?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents on December 10, 2018

Many drivers wonder whether it is legal to drive barefoot in Florida. Certain types of footwear can cause problems while driving, and sometimes a driver may feel more comfortable by simply slipping off trouble some shoes and driving barefoot. Simply put, it is legal to drive barefoot in Florida and anywhere else in the country. No laws specifically state that it is legal to do so, but no laws explicitly outlaw the practice. The only state that currently has any type of law against driving barefoot is Alabama, but the Alabama law only pertains to motorcycles. If you ride a motorcycle in Alabama, you must do so while wearing enclosed shoes or other footwear. Why Drive Barefoot? Many types of shoes can actually be dangerous for driving. Open-heeled shoes like sandals and flip-flops have a tendency to slip off the foot, and these shoes could potentially delay accelerating or braking… read more

Overview of Tampa Courthouses

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on November 15, 2018

Tampa residents have numerous courthouse options available to help handle legal issues. Like most other places, you can expect to find access to state and federal courts, and the one you need will depend on what type of assistance you need. State courts split into two major types: circuit and county courts. A county court will handle more minor cases than circuit courts handle. If you find yourself needing a courthouse in Tampa, there are several. George E. Edgecomb Courthouse Named after the first African-American county court judge in Hillsborough County, this state courthouse handles most Hillsborough County court activity. It can also handle any type of legal matter for Florida’s state courts. For citizens who live in East County, however, it can be easier to visit the Plant City Office Building instead. Parking for the George E. Edgecomb Courthouse is to the structure immediately east of the building’s entrance…. read more