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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

18 Crazy Laws in Florida

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on November 8, 2018

Laws exist to help protect citizens and keep everyone’s rights safe. However, not all laws make complete sense, and every state has a few statutes on the books that are puzzling or simply outdated. Florida is no exception; numerous laws don’t quite make sense anymore. Here are some examples of some of the strangest Florida laws. 1. Parking Fines for Elephants Parking fines can be a hassle, but standard parking fees apply to any elephants tied to parking meters in Sarasota. 2. Swamp Buggies No Longer Motor Vehicles While swamp buggies are a popular form of transport in Florida, a law once revised the definition of motor vehicle to exclude them, derogating this mode of transportation. 3. Strapless Dress Regulations Under law, men cannot wear strapless dresses in public. However, the law does not regulate other types of dresses. 4. Doctors Inquiring About Patient Gun Ownership A previous law once… read more

Florida Defamation and Slander Laws

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on November 2, 2018

While not causing physical injuries, defamation and slander against an individual can still wreak havoc on someone’s life. A victim of defamation may lose his or her job, have trouble finding work, or suffer psychological stress from false claims. Those who suffer from these actions can potentially recover financial compensation in Florida. The state’s statutes have many laws related to defamation and slander. What Constitutes Defamation and Slander in Florida? Defamation of character under Florida law consists of four major elements: The publication of a false statement by the defendant The false statement was about the plaintiff The defendant published the false statement to a third party The statement caused injury or damage to the plaintiff An action must meet all four of these requirements to be an act of slander or defamation, and missing any of these elements will disqualify the act as grounds for a lawsuit. For example,… read more

The Difference Between Civil and Criminal Cases

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on October 30, 2018

Though TV and movies often conflate civil and criminal cases, from a legal perspective, they are very distinct from each other. Criminal cases seek justice for wrongs committed by an individual and generally involve prosecution from the state or federal court. Civil cases, by contrast, generally exist between two or more private parties and seek financial recourse for wrong-doing or negligence. Learn the differences between civil and criminal cases, as well as when these two might overlap. What Is a Criminal Case? A criminal case might exist when a state brings an action against an individual for violating a law outlined in the Florida Penal Code. Crimes, unlike civil cases, are offenses against society as a whole or at against the state of Florida. In other words, even though a person may assault another person, the law considers it a crime against everyone living in the state. As such, a… read more

Ex Tampa Bay Bucs Player Talks Painkillers and the NFL

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on October 25, 2018

The newest season of the National Football League is in full swing, and it’s not without its fair share of controversy. The NFL has been in the legal spotlight several times in recent years, namely for ignoring the damaging effects of brain injuries like concussions and reports of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Now, the NFL is in the courtroom once again: this time for the excessive use of medications to get players to play through the pain, to the detriment of their health and well-being. Playing Through the Pain A group of retired NFL players revived a lawsuit in September stating that they suffered permanent health effects and addiction to painkillers thanks to the league’s flagrant use of opioids and forms of analgesics. An appeals court in San Francisco overturned a ruling stemming from the original lawsuit filed in 2014. The initial ruling alleged that the suit did not carry… read more

Are Parents Liable for an Injury Their Child Causes in Florida?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on October 23, 2018

Children make mistakes – it’s a natural part of growing up, learning, and evolving into adulthood. What happens when a child’s actions lead to another’s injury? Can a parent be proximally responsible for the actions of their children? In many situations, the answer is yes. To understand the role of a parent in a child’s negligence and when legal guardians may be responsible for damages the child incurs, talk with one of our attorneys. Parental Responsibility Laws Nearly every state in the U.S. has a parental responsibility statute on the books, and Florida is no exception. Parental responsibility laws make parents or legal guardians responsible for damages or injuries that their child causes to another. Generally, these laws only extend to intentional or malicious actions on the part of the child, but, in some cases, they may extend to accidental conduct, as well. Florida has specific requirements for parental responsibility…. read more

What Is a Settlement Mill?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on September 21, 2018

When you’re looking for a personal injury attorney, you should always search to find the best fit for your case. While looking over different firms, there’s a chance you’ll come across a “settlement mill.” These firms tend to spend a lot on advertising and often appear to have high success rates. However, this is because they focus on volume and speed rather than getting the best results for their clients. How Does a Settlement Mill Work? A settlement mill operates by taking on cases with the intention of resolving them before heading to court. As the name suggests, they instead aim to resolve claims in the settlement stage, by reaching an agreement with the opposing party’s insurance company. A settlement mill will also often pressure clients into accepting low-ball compensation amounts and charge higher contingency fees if a client wants to take the case to court. A settlement mill may… read more

What Is Pro Se Litigation? How Do I Represent Myself in Florida?

Fiol Law Group|Posted in Lawsuits on September 19, 2018

All Florida citizens who enter the courtroom have a right to representation when facing a legal issue, but not all cases may necessitate the help of an attorney. Just as people have a right to representation, they also have the right to represent their own cases in court. Representing yourself in court is called pro se litigation. When you conduct pro se litigation and fight your own legal battle, you are taking on all aspects of your case. This involves filing the correct documents, meeting deadlines, negotiating with other parties, and serving as your representative in court. How Do I Represent Myself in Florida? When you decide to go with pro se litigation, you should first research the laws relevant to your case. This can include state statutes and legal precedents established by case law. Any substantive law related to your case will serve as the backbone of your arguments… read more