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Everything to Know About Handicap Placards in Florida

On Behalf of 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

Overview of Tampa Courthouses

On Behalf of 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

Is Lane Splitting Legal in Florida?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2018

One of the great joys of motorcycling riding is the feeling of freedom riders have when on the road. Riders often express this by exercising greater maneuverability on the road, including lane splitting. This common behavior, though, is often subject to criticism and is even illegal in many places. If lane splitting is a concern in a motorcycle accident case, contact one of our attorneys to discuss your situation. What Is Lane Splitting? Lane splitting refers to motorcyclists riding between two lanes of traffic that are traveling in the same direction. Essentially, lane splitting is riding between cars for greater mobility. This is a common practice among bikers, but few are certain about whether it is safe or legal. Regardless of safety, motorcyclists lane split often, and it is important to understand the legal implications of lane splitting in case you are ever in an accident. Can I Lane Split… read more

Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits in Tampa

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on August 16, 2018

Applying for social security disability insurance (SSDI) in Tampa, Florida, is notoriously difficult and time-consuming. You’ve earned these benefits through years of hard work, yet you often have to prove you are in need of this kind of assistance. Here are some helpful resources for getting social security or re-applying after a rejection. Applying for Benefits in Tampa Last year, Hillsborough County had the third highest payout from social security, behind only Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Thousands of Floridians apply for SSDI each year, but the agency rejects many out of hand for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the rejection happens because the applicant was not eligible, but in many more cases it is simply a matter of an incorrect submission. The best way to receive the money you have earned is to apply correctly the first time around. The application for social security disability insurance is the same across… read more

Florida Workers Compensation Laws and Helpful Links

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on August 5, 2018

In the state of Florida, most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Unfortunately, there are laws set in place that favor the employer, making it more difficult on an employee applying for benefits. These laws make it that much more important that you consult with a workers’ compensation attorney. We are available to help you through this process as well as further explain these workers compensation laws. Statute of Limitations 30 days to report your injury to your employer, although there are exceptions (440.185) Two years to file a petition for benefits for an injury or death resulting from work (440.19) Limits on Benefits Minimum of $20/week, maximum of $917/week as of 01/01/2018 (FL Rate Table) Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits = 66.67 % of your avg. weekly wages, 80% for critical injuries (440.15(1)) Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) benefits = 80% of the difference between 80% of your… read more

Do Accident Risks Increase During Winter Months?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2018

Florida is experiencing one of its coldest winters on record, with the first snowfall south of the Panhandle in years. Plummeting temperatures and resultant precipitation are exposing many Floridians to hazards they don’t typically have to worry about. It’s not a myth that more injuries tend to happen in winter compared to summer. There are risks unique to the winter months, such as icy conditions on the roadway, slippery parking lots, prolonged exposure to cold weather. Here are few accidents you might only see during Florida’s coldest winters. Ice and Snow It’s no secret that Florida drivers aren’t used to driving on icy roads. Unlike northern states that experience snowfall most winters, Florida only gets wintery precipitation once in a blue moon. This means inexperienced drivers and vehicles that aren’t prepared to navigate snow and ice. If you must drive on winter’s worst days, use these safety tips: Always obey… 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

Top 5 Most Common Halloween Injuries and How to Prevent Them

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Safety,Uncategorized on October 13, 2017

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year. Adults and children alike enjoy dressing up and celebrating the season. Whether your Halloween plans have you trick or treating, passing out candy, or attending an adult party, injuries can and do happen each year. Learn the most common Halloween injuries and how you can prevent them. 1. Traffic Accidents It should come as no surprise that kids walking through the streets and adults going to Halloween parties can lead to disaster. On this night, there is an increased risk for pedestrian accidents and drunk driving collisions. Parents, make sure your children keep to the sidewalks and avoid dangerous intersections. Only allow your children to go trick or treating solo if they’re mature enough to understand these rules. Give your children flashlights and consider adding reflective tape to their costumes so they’re more visible in the dark. If you’re… read more

5 Tips To Prepare For a Natural Disaster

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on October 13, 2017

Florida is currently in the throes of hurricane season. We’ve already weathered Irma, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that this will be one of the most active hurricane seasons in recent history. You might consider yourself a hurricane preparation pro, but it’s nice to a have a refresher about natural disaster safety and preparedness. Avoid property damage, serious injuries, and other life-threatening situations by observing these tips: 1. Use National Resources No matter the disaster, Ready.gov is your one-stop shop for preparedness. Here, you’ll find specific advice for emergencies like hurricanes, floods, fires, and more. You’ll also find tutorials for making a family emergency action plan, creating a contingency plan for pets, and preparing your business for natural disasters and other emergencies. The site also has external links to other valuable resources, like: The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s FEMA mobile app, which allows you to access weather,… read more