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The Medical Misdiagnosis Crisis and You

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Doctors have a great deal of training and cutting-edge diagnostic tools, so there is little excuse for misdiagnosis. Yet roughly 20 percent of chronic illness cases are misdiagnosed. Some patients are diagnosed with serious conditions they do not have, while others are seriously ill and do not know it. Because of their training, doctors… Read More »

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Dual Fatal Crash on U.S. 19 in Pinellas County

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Two women were killed after a driver turned into the path of an oncoming car while attempting a left turn against traffic. The wreck happened when 84-year-old Diane Pires tried to turn left from southbound U.S. 19 to Royal Boulevard. In so doing, she pulled directly into the path of an oncoming Audi, driven… Read More »

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Four People Killed in Three Overnight Bay Area Crashes

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Three separate crashes in a 24-hour period claimed four lives and created some complex legal questions for Tampa car accident attorneys to answer. In the first wreck, Ralph Innamorato was waiting to enter a gas station on Seven Springs Boulevard. He pulled directly into the path of an oncoming motorcycle, ridden by Bradley Casler… Read More »

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Top Five Kinds of Nursing Home Neglect Injuries

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Nursing home neglect is far too common in Florida’s long-term care facilities, largely because of understaffing. This problem affects as many as 70 percent of the nursing homes in the Sunshine State. Understaffing could mean a lack of people to properly care for residents. Under-qualification is a related problem. To deal with increased resident… Read More »

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What to Expect in a “White-Collar” Criminal Case

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

This umbrella term covers a wide variety of nonviolent theft matters which usually involve a great deal of dishonesty. Financial fraud matters are a good example. Money need not necessarily change hands. Bankruptcy fraud and insurance fraud are both extremely common white-collar crimes. Do not mistake nonviolent for nonserious. Largely depending on the amount… Read More »

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Runaway Semi-Truck in Davenport Kills One

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Investigators shut down one of the most heavily-travelled roads in Polk County as they pieced together the details of a multi-vehicle accident. Police state that a truck driver rolled through a stop sign at the intersection of South Boulevard West and Highway 27. An oncoming semi-truck, which was southbound on Highway 27, swerved to… Read More »

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Three-Car Collision Seriously Injures Two People

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A man ran a red light, causing a chain-reaction crash at the intersection of County Road 54 and Grand Oaks Boulevard. 28-year-old Cooper Gil and 24-year-old Paula Ortiz were both westbound on CR 54. Gil approached the intersection on a red light and Ortiz waited to make a left turn against traffic. 24-year-old Desiree… Read More »

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Top Seven Causes of Injury-Related Death in Florida

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A few of the leading causes of accidental death are true accidents. House fires are a good example. Sometimes, lightning strikes homes and causes fires. Typically, however, defective wiring or other man-made causes trigger house fires. In cases like these, manufacturers and homebuilders are usually strictly liable for damages. In other situations, a Tampa… Read More »

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Deadly Motorcycle Crash in Land O’ Lakes

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

21-year-old Marc McCorkle, of Land O’Lakes, was pronounced dead at the scene of a motorcycle-on-vehicle wreck. The wreck occurred near the intersection of State Highway 54 and Foggy Ridge Parkway. According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, McCorkle was westbound on S.H. 54 when 48-year-old Randall West tried to turn left from the westbound side…. Read More »

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Shoulder Dystocia and Birth Injuries

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Newborn infants are usually very tiny, and the mother’s birth canal is usually very tiny as well. If the baby’s shoulders are slightly too wide, the baby often becomes lodged in the mother’s birth canal. This situation is quite common, as shoulder dystocia is one of the leading causes of birth injuries. If the… Read More »

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Tampa Woman in Jail After Alleged DUI Crash

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

50-year-old Helen Mention is behind bars after she allegedly drove drunk and slammed into a guardrail. Her infant grandchild, who was in the vehicle, died three days later. According to police and witnesses, Mention was driving erratically before the final crash. Responders found her semi-conscious and slumped against the driver’s side door. Harlem, her… Read More »

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Top Five Types of Fraud

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Any deceitfulness for financial gain is considered fraud. But the following types of fraud are usually considered worse than some other similar criminal acts. Under both federal and Florida law, the following types of fraud are especially serious. Typically, these fraud scams involve a large amount of money, a significant amount of dishonesty, or… Read More »

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Obtaining Compensation in Device Distraction Claims

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Generally, distracted drivers kill thousands of victims every year. A significant number of these crashes involve cell phones. To reduce the number of fatalities, Florida lawmakers recently approved a much tougher cell phone ban. But the new law only goes so far. If the victim suffered a serious injury, damages in a device distraction… Read More »

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Fireball Wreck on Interstate 75 in New Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A truck driver who failed to stop for backed-up traffic triggered a fiery eight-vehicle wreck which killed two people and injured several others. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a semi-truck driver did not slow down for stacked-up traffic near the New Tampa Boulevard exit. That driver tried to avoid a crash by changing… Read More »

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Tampa Intersection Crash Kills 5-Month-Old Girl

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Even though she was safely secured in a carseat, tiny Clara Garcia was not among the survivors of a serious crash in Hillsborough County. According to investigators, a driver on Van Dyke Road ignored a stop sign and t-boned an SUV which had the right-of-way in the intersection. Six other vehicles slammed into the… Read More »

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Top Three Insurance Company Defenses in Motorcycle Crash Claims

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

For the most part, motorcycle riders have no protection against oncoming cars. So, motorcycle-on-vehicle collisions are twenty-eight times deadlier than vehicle-on-vehicle collisions. The truly scary thing about that statistic is that it is significantly lower now than it was a few years ago when the fatality rate used to be even higher. To obtain… Read More »

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Negligent Driver Hits and Kills Pedestrian in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A wheelchair-bound man is dead after a speeding car struck him on Dale Mabry Highway near West Waters. Florida Highway Patrol troopers state that a 66-year-old man was crossing Waters Avenue when a 64-year-old woman, who was driving a Prius, struck him in the intersection. The driver had the green light, according to the… Read More »

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Defending and Resolving Marijuana Possession Cases in Hillsborough County

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

The political climate is changing with regard to marijuana. Medical marijuana is legal in Florida, and so is industrial hemp. The industrial hemp law, which took effect in July 2019, has a significant effect on marijuana criminal cases, as explained below. Despite these changing winds, Florida arguably has the harshest marijuana possession law in… Read More »

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Wrong-Way Collision Kills Motorcycle Rider

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Even though 38-year-old Daniel Morgan was operating on the wrong side of the road without a helmet, his survivors may still have legal options, thanks to the unique makeup of Florida laws. This wreck occurred in Pasco County. According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, Morgan was riding northbound on the southbound side of Moon… Read More »

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Nursing Home Falls: What You Need to Know

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Long-term care facilities are supposed to be safe places to convalesce. But in many cases, that’s not true. In fact, three out of four nursing home residents slip and fall every year. That’s twice the overall fall injury rate for people over 65. The nursing home environment causes or contributes to many serious falls…. Read More »

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