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Concerned About Meeting Due to Coronavirus?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2020

Get Your Free Claim Evaluation From Home This is an uncharted time in our history, but injuries don’t stop for anything, including the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  At Manchin Injury Law Group, we want to assure our clients and potential clients that we are still here to serve you.  Although our approach to contact may be different than usual, our goal is the same—a client focused atmosphere that puts you first. As always, our initial consultation is free and you do not need to come to our office. We can evaluate your claim, process the needed case forms and get your electronic signature without you having to leave your house. Visit our contact page to get in touch with us today! Use Our Case Evaluation Form Online Under normal circumstances, we would prefer to meet with you in person.  These are not normal times. We provide a FREE case evaluation form for your convenience. … read more

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice in Florida?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Hospital Negligence,Medical Malpractice on March 19, 2020

Medical malpractice is a civil wrongdoing that can interfere with proper patient care and recovery. Even under the best circumstances, a patient may not make a full recovery after a serious illness or injury. When a physician or health care center breaches its duties of care or acts negligently, a patient may not have a fair chance at improving. If you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice in Florida, act before the expiration of your statute of limitations. Failure to meet your deadline could lead to the loss of the option to file. What Is Medical Malpractice? Medical malpractice is an act or omission that a typical physician, nurse, surgeon, hospital or other health care entity would not have committed under the same circumstances, often resulting in harm to the patient. It can refer to many different mistakes that can cause physical injuries, illnesses, infections and wrongful deaths… read more

What Is the Average Car Accident Settlement In Florida?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents,Lawsuits on March 12, 2020

Car accidents are common in Florida. They cause hundreds of thousands of serious injuries and hospitalizations each year. In 2018, 255,353 victims were injured and 3,135 died in Florida car accidents. If you get into an auto accident in Florida, you have rights. You may be able to obtain compensation from an insurance company and/or personal injury lawsuit. An important part of your car accident claim will be fighting for a fair amount of compensation. If you do not know what your case is worth, you will have trouble negotiating for a just and full amount. Each case is unique. No average car accident settlement amount exists due to the variable nature of the civil justice system but learning about the factors involved and damages available, however, can give you realistic expectations and enable you to argue for a fair settlement. Factors Affecting Car Accident Settlements in Florida Regardless of… read more

How Common Are Truck Accidents in Florida?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2020

A collision between a passenger car and a commercial truck will almost always end worse for the passengers of the smaller vehicle. The size and weight of the average big rig far surpass that of the typical motor vehicle – leading to greater property damage and destruction to the latter. It is up to all parties within the commercial trucking industry to fulfill their duties of care to prevent traffic accidents. Unfortunately, many regularly breach their duties in Florida. Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Florida Throughout the U.S, 4,657 fatal accidents in 2017 involved commercial trucks. Many of these accidents occurred due to truck driver negligence. Truck drivers are prone to the same errors as typical motorists. Despite having a commercial driver’s license and special training, a truck driver may engage in dangerous behaviors such as texting and driving or dozing off behind the wheel. Distracted, drowsy, careless, reckless… read more

What Is the Average Personal Injury Settlement In Florida?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on February 10, 2020

A personal injury accident can mean many losses for you as a survivor. A serious accident could inflict significant pain, suffering, medical bills and lost wages. A successful claim could force the at-fault party to pay for your economic and noneconomic damages. The average personal injury settlement in Florida ranges between $3,000 and $75,000. This is a broad range, however, and it is important to remember that every personal injury claim is unique. Some claimants have received millions of dollars from insurance settlements and jury verdicts, for example, to make up for catastrophic injuries and permanent losses. While reading about averages could give you an idea of the scope of most settlements, a consultation with an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer is the only way to accurately assess the value of your particular claim. Factors Affecting Personal Injury Settlements in Florida Before you can get an idea of what a defendant… read more

What Are Punitive Damages in Car Accidents?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents on January 17, 2020

A punitive damage award is something you could receive in addition to compensatory damages for your personal injuries or a loved one’s death after a vehicle accident. Punitive damages are a type of compensation you may win during an accident claim if your case goes to court. A judge or jury will look at the defendant’s behavior and the extent of your losses to determine whether punitive damages are appropriate. If so, you may receive an additional monetary award. Understanding Punitive Damages Punitive damages mainly serve the purpose of punishing the defendant, rather than compensating the victim. As a crash victim, you may have already received a fair award to cover your medical costs, property damage repairs, lost wages, legal expenses and other losses before receiving a punitive damage award. Punitive damages can maximize compensation for the victim while penalizing the defendant for particularly heinous or egregious acts of wrongdoing…. read more

Can Prescription Drugs Increase Chances of an Accident?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents on January 15, 2020

Most drivers are aware of the laws against driving under the influence (DUI) of illegal drugs, but fail to realize the equal risks of driving under the influence of certain prescription drugs. A drug’s legality as a prescription medication does not exempt it from Florida’s DUI laws if it affects the driver enough to interfere with his or her driving ability. A driver that causes an accident while under the intoxicating influence of prescription medication could be liable for a victim’s damages. Our Tampa car accident attorneys and Lakeland injury lawyers share information about accidents with a driver under the influence of prescription meds. How Could Prescription Meds Cause Accidents? Certain prescription medications have side effects that no driver could contend with while remaining in safe control of a motor vehicle. These medications often come with warnings not to drive or operate heavy machinery while under the influence of the… read more

What Common Mistakes Qualify as Medical Malpractice?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Medical Malpractice on January 15, 2020

Trusting your health in the hands of a physician or surgeon is daunting enough without the threat of medical malpractice looming over you. Unfortunately, malpractice is a reality all patients should be aware of before seeking medical care. Medical malpractice causes about 10% of all deaths in the U.S, making it statistically the third leading cause of death in the country. Knowing what common mistakes to look out for could help you stay in better control of your health care. It could also help you realize when you have been the victim of medical malpractice. What is the Meaning of Medical Malpractice? In Florida, the legal definition of medical malpractice (Florida Statute 766.102) is the injury or death of a person that results from the negligence of a health care provider. This can mean a doctor, surgeon, any person with a medical license, a hospital, surgical center or many other… read more

What Can You Legally Do If You See a Drunk Driver?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents on December 23, 2019

Drunk driving is a rampant problem in Florida that takes many lives annually. DUI statistics in 2018 state 814 Floridians died in drunk driving accidents. As a safe and prudent driver, it may be your responsibility to report a potential drunk driver if you encounter one on the road or highway. Taking the correct steps to safely get a drunk driver off the road could save a life. It is important, however, to act according to what is safe and legal for you to do in these situations. Memorize the Vehicle Description and Plate Numbers While you are still close enough to the drunk driver to do so, quickly memorize or have a passenger in the vehicle write down a description of the driver’s vehicle and his or her license plate numbers. This is the information you will need to give the police for them to start their search for… read more

3 Common Holiday Decorating Injuries

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on December 19, 2019

Decking the halls should not land you in the hospital…yet that is where thousands of people end up each year after suffering serious decorating-related injuries. Broken bones, severe burns, traumatic brain injuries and other significant injuries could all happen while decorating your home for the holidays. Decorate with personal safety in mind this year to avoid a visit to the emergency room. Light Decorating Injuries Putting up the lights is a dangerous job that is best left to the professionals. Save yourself the hassle of getting up on the roof and possibly suffering a serious injury by hiring a professional to string up your lights using special safety equipment, such as a personal fall protection device. Falls from roofs and ladders while trying to decorate with lights lead to many personal injuries and hospital visits each holiday season. If you decide to hang your own lights, use the right ladder…. read more

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