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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

5 Elements for a Valid Product Liability Claim

On Behalf of 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

On Behalf of 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?

On Behalf of 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

Ex Tampa Bay Bucs Player Talks Painkillers and the NFL

On Behalf of 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

What Is SB 7026?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety on May 21, 2018

The United States has an unprecedented number of shootings, many of which occur in schools. The recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shocked the nation and intensified the debate around gun control in the United States. Florida legislators took action earlier this month and passed Senate Bill (SB) 7026. What Does SB 7026 Enact? SB 7026, also referred to as the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act,” enacts the following into Florida law and society: Authorizing the awarding of grants through the Crime Stoppers Trust Fund for student crime-watch programs Establishing the Office of State Schools within the Department of Education Providing that each sheriff can appoint certain volunteer school employees as guardians Prohibiting a person who struggles with mental issues from owning or possessing a firearm until he or she obtains certain relief Setting an age limit on firearm purchases Prohibiting… read more

How to Avoid Drunk Driving Accidents During the Holidays

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in 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

Drunk Driving: Facts, Consequences and Prevention [Infographic]

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