Legal News & Information

  • 12 Dec 2016

    Can I File a Lawsuit If the Accident Was Partly My Fault?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Determining fault is one of the most difficult aspects of any accident claim. However, it is also the most important. Determining who was at fault for an accident, and to what degree, is rarely straightforward – even in cases that seem “black and white.” For example, let’s say that Driver A was making a left-hand
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  • 08 Dec 2016

    How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Deadlines for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida In Florida, all personal injury lawsuits must be filed before the statute of limitations expires. The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have from the date of your injury to file a claim. If you fail to do so before the clock runs out
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  • 18 Nov 2016

    Bitten By a Dog in Florida? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    About “Strict Liability” in Florida Dog Bite Cases Florida’s dog bite statute, Section 767.04, states that a dog owner is strictly liable for the actions of their pet. More specifically, they are liable for injuries if their dog bites another person who is on public property or lawfully in a private place. So what does “strict
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  • 08 Nov 2016

    Study Ranks Florida Highway as Most Dangerous Interstate in America

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    An analysis of interstate fatalities between 2010 and 2015 by Everquote has revealed that Interstate 4 is the most dangerous road in the country. The study analyzed raw data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The analysis revealed that there was an average of 1.41 fatalities per mile during the last six
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  • 03 Oct 2016

    Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    According to Florida Statutes section 678.18, when one party’s negligent conduct causes the death of another person, the deceased person’s family or estate may bring a wrongful death claim on his or her behalf. The law requires that a personal representative of the decedent’s estate file the claim on the deceased person’s behalf (as named in the
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  • 30 Aug 2016

    Common Causes of Truck Accidents

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Truck collisions can be some of the most severe auto accidents on the road. Unfortunately, it is passenger vehicles that bear the brunt of a collision with a tractor-trailer, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. These accidents are almost always entirely preventable, and usually arise out of some form of negligence – meaning that
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  • 29 Aug 2016

    The Truth About “Full Coverage” Auto Insurance in Florida

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    What Is “Full Coverage” Auto Insurance? You’ve probably heard the term “full coverage insurance.” You might think it accurately describes what the insurance company will pay in the event of an auto accident, but you would be wrong. Full coverage insurance policies do not exist in Florida. What you were sold by the insurance company
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  • 24 Aug 2016

    5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    The aftermath of an accident in which you have been injured can be an overwhelming one, and with so much going on, it is understandable that one of the last things on your mind is legal action. In addition to the physical pain of your injury, other things on your mind may include the amount
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  • 25 Jul 2016

    What Do I Do If I Have a Sinkhole on My Property?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Sinkholes are unfortunately not uncommon in Florida, and can cause serious property damage and personal injury. If you have noticed cracks in the foundation, walls, or ceiling of your home, or have found unusual depressions or holes in the ground around your property, it is important to have your property tested to determine if the damage
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  • 11 Jul 2016

    Florida Pedestrian Accident Statistics

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Walking is a great way to get around, especially in sunny Florida. Sadly, statistics reveal that Florida is the deadliest state for pedestrians, with the most dangerous cities to walk in being Tampa, Orlando, Clearwater, and Jacksonville. Many of these accidents are the result of careless drivers who fail in their duty to operate their
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  • 19 May 2016

    What to Do After a Slip & Fall Accident

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    A slip and fall accident can take a huge physical and financial toll on an injured person. If the fall was caused by another person or business, you can and should exercise your right to pursue compensation for things like medical expenses, lost income, or money to compensate for pain and suffering. In order to
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  • 04 Apr 2016

    IIHS Reveals Car Headlights May Not Be Effective Enough

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    An alarming report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) revealed that a great number of cars have headlights that do not perform as they should. The IIHS is well known for their crash testing, which checks if car safety features work properly to ensure occupants are protected in the event of a collision. In their
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  • 15 Mar 2016

    Nissan Recalls 47,000 Cars Due to Defective Brakes

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Nissan has issued a recall of almost 47,000 of their electric vehicles (LEAF) due to defective brake system. U.S safety regulators have confirmed the problem is inside the cars’ electronic brake booster.  “During very cold temperatures, the relay inside the electronic brake booster may freeze, requiring the driver to exert more effort to slow the
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  • 23 Feb 2016

    4 Ways to Avoid a Pedestrian Accident While Jogging

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Jogging is a year-round activity in Florida. With our busy roadways, it is important for pedestrians, as well as drivers, to be mindful of their safety while they are jogging in order to prevent an accident. Consider these safety tips during your jog: Check for vehicles before crossing driveways. If you are running in a busy
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  • 17 Feb 2016

    Causes of Electrocution Accidents on Construction Sites

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    On almost every construction site, there is an abundance of power tools, heavy machinery, and large construction vehicles used on a normal basis. Undoubtedly, these electronically powered pieces of equipment can cause a worker to suffer serious injuries from electrocution if they are not careful or employers do not enforce the proper safety precautions. In
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  • 10 Feb 2016

    Largest Vehicle Recall in History Continues to Grow

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Last year, we saw the largest vehicle recall in history involving defective airbags installed by Tataka Co., but the issue is far from over. At least five more airbag-related recalls were announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since the new year started. Approximately 34 million vehicles are potentially affected in the United
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  • 26 Jan 2016

    Injuries Caused by Tanning Beds

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Most people are probably aware that over-exposure to UV radiation is unsafe because it can cause cancer and/or burn injuries. The sun is a major source of this type of radiation, but besides the sun, people are also exposed to UV radiation by man-made devices such as tanning beds and medical devices for radiation therapy.
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  • 20 Jan 2016

    Safety Tips: 3 Dangerous Shoe Types that Increase Your Chance of Falling

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Our firm has handled numerous slip and fall accident cases in our years of practice, and have seen firsthand how painful and frustrating it can be to recover from a preventable injury. Many of these accidents are caused by factors outside of the victim’s control, usually involving some degree of negligence from a property owner. In the
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  • 19 Jan 2016

    Who Pays for Medical Care after a Car Accident? Auto Insurance or Health Insurance?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    If you are injured in a car crash, you can use both policies to pay for medical care, but your car insurance will be primary. When you seek medical attention following a car accident, your PIP coverage (Personal Injury Protection) will pay 80% of your medical bills until it is exhausted; you are still responsible for
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  • 13 Jan 2016

    Dangerous Toys Are Still on Department Store Shelves

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    It can be fun to buy your child or a young loved one a toy. Their eyes light up and smiles spread across their faces instantly. Despite how fun it may be to give a child a toy, it is important to do research on the item to ensure it is safe for the kid.
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  • 17 Dec 2015

    Hoverboards: A Popular Holiday Gift that Can Catch Fire and Explode

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    They are calling it the hottest Christmas gift this year, the hoverboards, but be careful because they can literally get so hot they can catch fire. In the last month, there has been several reports across the country about these products exploding and causing serious injuries to consumers. An exploding two-wheeler burned a house down
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  • 30 Nov 2015

    Cyber Monday Security Tips

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    With more than 900 retailers offering deals this Cyber Monday, security might not be of the highest important, but in fact, it should be your number one priority when buying things online. Here are some security tips to protect yourself from fraudsters. Watch how you shop online Be especially careful of any unexpected pop-ups while
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  • 18 Nov 2015

    Home Depot Recalls 28 Different Products

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Home Depot is recalling 28 different products at once due to hazards including fire, burn, shock, falls, lacerations or other injuries depending on the product. Just this morning the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Home Depot announced a multi-product recall warning consumers that 28 different recalled products continued to be sold even when
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  • 13 Nov 2015

    Jury Awards $21.5 Million to a Man Injured in Cruise Ship Incident

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Yesterday, a jury in Seattle awarded a man $21.5 million in damages for a mild brain injury he suffered when an automatic sliding glass door hit him in the side of the face. The man was enjoying a family vacation on a cruise when the accident occurred. There is a surveillance video showing the moment when guests
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  • 30 Oct 2015

    Halloween Safety Tips

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Safe Walk Trick or Treat With an Adult Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe Drive Extra Carefully In the unfortunate event of an accident, call our office for a free consultation 813-877-5548. We will be honored to represent you and handle your claim, so you can focus on getting medical attention and feeling better. We have over
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  • 26 Oct 2015

    Key Legal Aspects About Slip & Fall Cases

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident and you are filing an insurance claim or lawsuit, you need to be familiar with some of the laws that might affect your case – which includes hiring an experienced personal injury attorney in Tampa that can guide you through this legal process while protecting your
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  • 14 Oct 2015

    Filing a Claim After Suffering a Whiplash Injury

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Many of you have probably heard the term “whiplash injury,” but what you might not know is how serious this type of injury can be. Whiplash injuries are mostly caused by rear-end collisions. A rear impact causes the head and neck to be forced into a hyperextended (backward) position as the seat pushes the person’s
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  • 08 Oct 2015

    How bad is traffic in the Tampa Bay area?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    According to a recent study (April 2015) by GPS manufacturer Tom Tom, Tampa landed at No. 21 out of 63 on a list ranking the most congested areas for traffic in the Americas. The study factored in congestion levels, or the percentage of commuters experiencing traffic congestion and the length of time, for 180 largest
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  • 25 Sep 2015

    3 Helpful Tips to Improve Your Auto Insurance Policy

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    When it comes to car insurance, most people are concerned about getting fair premiums, but making sure you have the appropriate coverage to protect you in different situations after a car accident is usually secondary when it should be a priority. Getting the right coverage should be the number-one goal when shopping for car insurance or reviewing
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  • 04 Sep 2015

    Enjoy Labor Day Weekend but Never Take a Vacation from Safety

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Many people consider Labor Day to be the closing of summer time, so they view it as their last chance to travel, go to the beach and fire up the grill. Have fun this weekend, but don’t forget about safety. Here are some tips to help you have a safe and pleasurable holiday. Unfortunately, Labor
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  • 13 Aug 2015

    9 Safety Tips About School Buses and Kids’ Safety

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    According to recent statistics regarding type of driver and accidents incidence, school buses might be the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth from school. However, a car crash while riding on the bus is not the only concern parents should be worried about. The moments before getting on the bus and right after
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  • 29 Jul 2015

    Look Before You Lock: New Car Seat Technology Hits the Market

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    There is a new product on the market this summer that literally saves lives – kids’ lives! Walmart and Evenflo have partnered up on a new car seat that is designed to help parents avoid leaving their kids in hot cars. According to KidsAndCars.org, an average of 38 children die in hot cars each year
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  • 24 Jul 2015

    The Effects of Heat and Rain on the Performance of Tires

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Summer weather can affect the performance of your tires, increasing the risk for an auto accident, especially here in Tampa. NHTSA estimates that tire failure causes approximately 11,000 auto accidents per year. Two factors of summer weather can dramatically change the efficiency of your tires, heat and rain. Heat Heat is your tires worst enemy. Heat
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  • 24 Jul 2015

    10 Things You Should Do at the Scene of an Accident

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    1. Do not leave the scene! You might be in shock and emotionally distressed due to the impact, but leaving the scene should never be the answer. In Florida, you could be penalized with up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $5,000 for leaving the scene of an auto accident; this is considered
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  • 14 May 2015

    Ron Darrigo Is Granted Certification as a Florida Circuit Court Mediator

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    We are very proud to announce that our founding partner, Attorney Ronald Darrigo, has become certified as a Florida Circuit Court Mediator and will be providing Mediation services for lawyers and insurance adjusters at the Darrigo & Diaz office on North Armenia Blvd. in Tampa. Darrigo’s expert understanding of many facets of Florida Law, along with
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  • 27 Feb 2015

    Free Property Damage Specialist Services

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    All of those who have been in a car accident can relate to the fact that property damage could be quite a headache. After an accident, not being able to drive your vehicle or not having the possibility of a rental can be extremely stressful. Whether your vehicle needs to go for an inspection at a body
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  • 21 Jan 2015

    D&D Achieves $1,000,000 Settlement for Car Accident Case

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Darrigo & Diaz represented a Tampa couple who were the victims of a reckless driver in North Carolina. There were several vehicles involved in this crash, which was caused by a DUI  driver; his alcohol level was double the legal limits. Initially, the clients did not seem to have serious injuries. However, both of them later
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  • 14 Oct 2014

    Risks of Spine & Shoulder Injuries When Using Workout Machines

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Do you or one of your love ones exercise using workout machines? If so, you should be aware of the risks of shoulder and spine injuries you might be exposed to. Recent studies of fitness experts revealed the improper use or lack of maintenance and supervision of some exercise equipment can lead to injuries that
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  • 10 Jun 2014

    New Guidelines Could Help Prevent Car Submersion Deaths

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    With hurricane season starting soon, Floridians have to start preparing for the much dreaded negative side effects of the sunshine state. An average of 100 people die in floods yearly, with 60% of them occurring in vehicles. These deaths could be avoided with new regulations on safety standards. In case of a vehicle submersion, the best
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  • 28 May 2014

    Recalled Cars Still Being Rented

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Updated on June 3, 2019. There is a loophole in our legal system that allows used vehicles under recall to be rented or sold without being repaired. Under federal law, used-car dealers and rental car companies are not required to tell customers that a vehicle has been recalled. This is particularly concerning given the hundreds
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  • 22 May 2014

    Seatbelts, Transmissions and Fire Risks

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Another 2.4 million vehicles are being recalled by GM. The recall includes 2009-2014 model crossovers Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook due to the seatbelt separating from the car during impact. The issue is so severe that dealers have been ordered to halt sells on affected models until all appropriate repairs have
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  • 20 May 2014

    Another Turn-Off for GM

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    A new GM recall covers over 2 million possibly affected vehicles. The latest GM recall to shake the automotive giant encompasses six different models from three different automakers in addition to eight thousand vehicles that might have used the defective switch as a service replacement part. Chevrolet’s Cobalt and HHR, Pontiac’s G5 and Solstice as
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  • 24 Jan 2014

    D&D Represents Motorcyclist Couple Left for Dead in Brandon

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    The law firm of Darrigo & Diaz announced that it is representing Connie and David Lindsay, two motorcyclists who were victims of a recent widely publicized hit & run accident on May 15th in Brandon. The life-threatening car versus motorcycle accident happened on Bell Shoals Road on the evening of May 15th in which Connie was riding
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  • 31 Dec 2013

    The Green Liquid and the White Floor

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    In 2004, our client, who had worked all his life as a successful machinist in New York, was shopping at Walmart in Tampa. As he approached the check-out lines and began to round the end-cap to enter the cash register lane, he slipped and fell in a puddle of green liquid on an otherwise pristine
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  • 11 Oct 2013

    Florida Bans Texting & Driving, But Will It Really Make a Difference?

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    As of October 1, Florida’s new ban on texting and driving has taken effect. But as many argue, this new “secondary” law will really not make our roads — or our behaviors – any safer. The new ban on texting is called a secondary offense because police cannot pull over drivers unless they commit another
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  • 28 Aug 2013

    BP Rumored to Pull Out of Spill Settlement

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    The Deepwater Horizon oil spill of April 2010 was the biggest accidental oil spill in history, causing a wave of controversy for petroleum industry leader, BP. The consequences were huge: 4.9 million barrels of spillage that took 87 days to cap, 11 deaths, destruction of natural habitats, blows to fishing and tourism industries, human health
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  • 05 Aug 2013

    Don’t Get Caught in the Sinkhole Scam

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    As Floridians, we are all at a higher risk for experiencing sinkholes. It’s the limestone and carbonate in our beautiful landscape that makes the incidence higher. So what exactly is a sinkhole? It occurs when ground material collapses either suddenly or gradually, causing property damage. And sometimes the severity can be even more extreme, bringing
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  • 22 Jul 2013

    Rooting for Bike Number 44 – Go Miriam, Go!

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Darrigo & Diaz is proud to celebrate a very unique champion in our community—12-year-old Motocross racer Miriam Johnson, from Land O Lakes. Daughter of Johnny Johnson, a personal friend of the firm and a Tampa Business Owner, Miriam has been racing for five years. And she’s become quite the all-star in this rather unexpected sport.
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  • 10 Jul 2013

    Kaley Darrigo Earns Spot in Top 20%, Carries on Family’s Legal Legacy

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    At Darrigo & Diaz, we love celebrating our community and family. So we’re really proud to share that founder Ron Darrigo’s daughter, Kaley, has earned a spot in the top 20 percent of her 2015 graduating class at Stetson University — her father’s law school alma mater. She has even been invited to participate in
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  • 10 Jun 2013

    Calling Supporters for Walk Now for Autism Speaks Sponsorship

    Posted By Darrigo & Diaz

    Last year, Darrigo & Diaz sponsored a child at the 2012 Spring Walk Now for Autism Speaks event at Raymond James Stadium, where all contributions help support families with autistic children. We are posting this blog entry now to keep this very important cause top-of-mind in our community of Old Tampa. At Darrigo & Diaz,
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