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Category: Safety

Common Causes of Injuries to Health Care Workers

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on October 14, 2020

Health care is a difficult, strenuous, and often dangerous industry for workers. Long hours on the job, exposure to biohazards and viruses, and repetitive movements could all lead to health care worker injuries or illnesses. If you or someone you know is a health care worker in Tampa, find out how to recover compensation after being injured on the job. Types of Injuries Health Care Workers Face It is not uncommon for nurses, doctors, physicians assistants, and other health care workers in Florida to suffer personal injuries and illnesses during occupational tasks. Health care workers face threats to their health and safety daily. These threats include repetitive motions, repetitive stress, overexertion, fatigue and exhaustion, patient handling, needle sticks, slip and fall accidents, violent patients, and viruses or infectious diseases. Hazards in a health care setting can result in many different injuries to workers. Soft-tissue injuries Muscle sprains and strains Back… read more

3 Common Holiday Decorating Injuries

On Behalf of 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

5 Halloween Nighttime Safety Tips

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety 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 a No-Fault State?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents,Safety 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. As of 2019, Florida remains a no-fault state, one of 12 states that abide by this fault-based system. No-fault insurance requires every driver to file claims with their insurers, regardless of fault. 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. Our Tampa injury attorneys help explain the meaning of Florida no-fault state insurance and what happens during a car wreck. What Is Florida’s No-Fault Insurance Statute? Despite most states adopting fault-based insurance laws, Florida remains a no-fault car insurance state. Florida’s insurance laws… read more

3 School Zone Traffic Safety Tips

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety 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

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety 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?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety 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. Our personal injury lawyers suggest, before going on a ride this summer, 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

13 More Crazy Laws in Florida

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Car Accidents,Safety 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

On Behalf of 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

Can I Get a DUI if I’m Parked?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on May 30, 2019

Many gray areas exist regarding what the public truly knows about civil law. Many issues hinge on small technicalities that determine whether someone has technically broken the law or not. One such example lies in the phrase “driving under the influence.” This may seem extremely straightforward, but gray areas come in when someone asks if drinking in a parked car counts as a DUI. Or if sleeping in your car while intoxicated, instead of driving home, truly is the safest option both physically and legally. Driving under the influence typically implies that the driver has consumed, in some way, a substance that alters their state of being. Illicit drugs, alcohol, and even prescription medication fall under this umbrella. However, a DUI charge can also apply to those who fall asleep at the wheel. DUI While Sleeping Each state determines whether a driver can be charged with DUI while sleeping in… read more