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Samaritan Law: Can You be Sued for CPR?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on May 28, 2019

It might seem like common sense to help others in need. For some individuals it sounds irresponsible to succumb to bystander effect, or to leave another person who is in need to respect their privacy. However, not all individuals think this way – including those that need saving. In some cases, being a good Samaritan could lead to legal action, initiated by the individual that was saved. The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages individuals who are not medical professionals to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Their intent is to prevent unnecessary deaths caused by cardiac arrest that take place outside of the medical setting. Brain death begins to take effect between and four and six minutes after a heart attack – this makes reaction time crucial in administering CPR. Pushing through bystander effect, the AHA hopes to save lives by equipping civilians with tools and knowledge. Good Samaritan Law Under typical… read more

Top 3 Auto Recalls in U.S.

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2019

It is the legal duty of every automaker to exercise reasonable care in the design, creation, and marketing of its vehicles. If a vehicle manufacturer falls short of these duties, the results can be catastrophic. Drivers depend on manufacturers for reasonably safe and reliable vehicles. Unfortunately, many autos have fallen short over the years– often to save money – and caused life-changing personal injuries. Here are the top three auto recalls in the United States, as of 2019. Takata Airbag Recall The number one largest recall in auto industry history is Takata airbags. From 2013 to present day, 41.6 million vehicles are under recall for containing potentially dangerous Takata-brand airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns consumers that the airbags could explode when deployed due to defects that cause issues after long-term exposure to heat and humidity. Exploding Takata airbags could cause serious injuries or death to vehicle occupants… 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

What Is Tampa’s Toilet to Tap Plan?

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2019

Tampa’s Toilet to Tap Plan refers to the controversial building of a new type of water treatment plant in Tampa Bay. The plant would recycle wastewater into drinkable water that would be, according to city officials, higher quality than bottled water. However, at a recent meeting concerning the Toilet to Tap Plan, Pasco County officials expressed concerns about the issue. It would allow Tampa to develop its own water supply, but officials are unsure of the necessity of the new plant, or its long-term effects on the water system. The plan would need agreement from the board of Tampa Bay Water to go into effect. How Does Toilet to Tap Work? The Toilet to Tap Plan engages a three-step process to turn wastewater into potable drinking water in Tampa Bay. The first step is to take and treat wastewater from homes in the Bay. The treatment process of the wastewater… read more

7 Tips for a Deposition

On Behalf of Fiol Law Group|Posted in Uncategorized on January 16, 2019

A deposition is the legal process of finding out more about a case. It is a part of the discovery phase in a personal injury lawsuit. During a deposition, an attorney from the defendant’s side has the right to request interviews with the victim and other witnesses. A deposition will require the witness to take an oral statement under oath prior to settlement or trial. Depositions give both sides of a lawsuit information they may be able to use later. Tips for how to handle a deposition can help you prepare as a personal injury accident victim. Give a Good Impression Although it is the facts of the case the opposition is looking for, it can help your case to make a good impression. The attorney will also be evaluating your credibility as a victim or witness. Giving a favorable impression with the right clothing, polite responses, and a calm… read more

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