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Multiple Injuries in Pasco County School Bus Crash

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Several middle and high school students were among the victims when a passenger car slammed head-on into a school bus. The wreck occurred near the intersection of Kitten Trail and Oakwood Lane. For unknown reasons, a passenger car driver drifted into oncoming traffic and smashed into an oncoming school bus. The bus contained students… Read More »

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Legal and Extra-Legal Defenses That Can Affect Your Motorcycle Crash Claim

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Unlike vehicle occupants, motorcycle riders have no restraint systems or steel cages to protect them during car crashes. So, motorcycle riders are about thirty times more likely to die in vehicle collisions. Even if they survive, their injuries are often much worse, typically because the force of the impact usually throws riders off their… Read More »

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Fatal Rollover Crash in Plant City

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A factually and legally complex deadly vehicle collision near Tampa also sent a passenger to the hospital with serious injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 31-year-old Kilbert Rijos lost control of his SUV following a tire blowout. The out-of-control vehicle barrelled onto the median, where it overturned. Mr. Rijos was declared dead at… Read More »

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What are the Three Main Causes of Head Injuries in Tampa?

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Every year, serious head injuries send about three million Americans to hospital emergency rooms. Unfortunately, most of these victims do not get the treatment they need. Head injuries are difficult to diagnose. Not all victims have signature symptoms, like unconsciousness. Brain injuries simply daze and confuse some people. As a result, many doctors are… Read More »

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Spate of Officer-Involved Car Crashes in Pinellas County

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

In April 2019, two Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies seriously injured several people in two different collisions. In one incident, 28-year-old Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Schultheis rear-ended a vehicle which was stopped in traffic, causing a chain-reaction crash that seriously injured three people. Deputy Schultheis had been with Pinellas County for less than four… Read More »

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Five Grounds for a Successful Criminal Appeal in Florida

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

As DNA evidence becomes even more readily available and reliable, an increasing number of prison inmates are using this evidence to seek justice in court and obtain their freedom. Lawmakers may soon change the rules to streamline these proceedings. But such claims are usually only available in what seems to be extremely violent cases,… Read More »

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Opioid Malpractice Lawsuits On The Rise As Patients-Turned-Addicts & The Feds’ Haul Doctors Who Over-Prescribe Into Court

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Opioid over-prescription is a serious problem throughout the U.S. Primary doctors often prescribe pain pills for simple back pain. However, some have tied pain heavy-duty pills, patches, and sprays to the heroin epidemic. Doctors are supposed to use reasonable care to act as other doctors in the same specialty would act under the same… Read More »

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Reckless North Port Crash Kills One and Injures Many

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A 19-year-old Port Charlotte High School graduate is in police custody after a deadly  alcohol-fueled wreck. When Stephanie Evrard missed a curve near the intersection of Jenip Court and Joewood Circle, there were multiple teenage passengers in her SUV. Several teens were clinging to the roof of the vehicle. The SUV overturned and ejected… Read More »

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SECOND U.S. CITY DECRIMINALIZES MUSHROOMS AND OTHER NATURAL PSYCHOACTIVES

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

In a stunning move Oakland, California became the second U.S. city to decriminalize psychoactive mushrooms after a plethora of speakers advocated that psychedelics helped them overcome depression, drug addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder. The significant beneficial medical effects of the mysterious compounds in mushrooms and other entheogenic plants are no surprise to members of… Read More »

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Distracted Driving Causes and Solutions in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Nationwide, distracted drivers cause about a fifth of fatal car crashes. The proportion may be even higher in Florida. As outlined below, the Sunshine State has one of the country’s weakest cell phone laws. The anemic law is not much of a deterrent to cell phone-addicted drivers, particularly in the smartphone era. Since most… Read More »

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UNDERSTANDING THE RULES ALLOWING FOR EXPERT TESTIMONY

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

The presentation or refutation of expert testimony can be one of the most important pieces of party’s case at trial. No trial lawyer relishes the prospect of losing the battle of the experts. Litigating the validity of scientific testimony can be a contentious affair. Indeed recently, a 2013 amendment to Florida’s evidence code making… Read More »

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Bartow Mini-Bike Crash Kills Two Young Girls

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Nine and twelve-year-old sisters are dead after their mini-bike collided with a passenger truck on a neighborhood street. Charisma and Kiera Vega were riding the mini-bike near the intersection of Wellington Place and Connorville Road when they rode directly into the path of an oncoming truck. The truck driver, whose name was not released,… Read More »

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Common Issues in Alcohol-Related Boating Accidents

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

The countdown to Memorial Day, which is the unofficial first day of summer, has begun. Many people will spend most or all of this weekend on the water. In Florida, practically anyone can operate a boat, even if they have no nautical training or experience. But that’s not the major problem. Alcohol is a… Read More »

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Left Turn Crash Kills New Port Richey Motorcyclist

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A driver making a left turn against traffic turned directly into the path of an oncoming motorcycle rider, throwing him off his bike and killing him almost instantly. The wreck happened near the intersection of Celestial Oaks Dr. and Florida Ave. According to police and witnesses, a Chevy Cobalt driver was in the left… Read More »

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Five Types of Fraud in Florida

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

In the Sunshine State, “fraud” is essentially theft by deception as opposed to theft by taking property. Some fraudsters use simple deception in face-to-face transactions. Others pretend to be other people or pretend to have things, such as collateral, that they do not have. Fraud is a growing online crime as well. Significantly, fraud… Read More »

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Fatal Alcohol-Related Crash in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A 28-year-old woman may have been intoxicated when she drove the wrong way and caused a tragic chain-reaction crash. The car accident occurred on North 66th Street in Pinellas Park. The woman was southbound on the northbound side when she slammed into a northbound Chevrolet Equinox that was waiting at a red light. The… Read More »

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Double Whammy for Johnson & Johnson in Talcum Powder Lawsuit Saga

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A one-two punch from the federal government and aggressive personal injury attorneys may mean that talcum powder victims are closer than ever to final justice and compensation. In California, an Alameda County jury awarded a talcum powder victim $29 million based on evidence that continued product use caused her mesothelioma. This latest verdict is… Read More »

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Tampa Hit-and-Run Driver Seriously Injures Homeless Man

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Authorities have few clues in the search for a driver who struck a wheelchair-bound man and immediately fled the scene. An unknown vehicle struck 63-year-old Bernard Smiley near the intersection of Nebraska Avenue and MLK. Police believe that the vehicle may have significant front-end damage, due to the nature of the crash. “When you… Read More »

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Five Types of Nursing Home Neglect in Florida

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

In Tampa, neglect accounts for about a third of the nursing home conduct claims which authorities receive. Many advocates believe that the actual proportion may be much higher. Often, nursing home residents are heavily medicated or otherwise unaware of ongoing neglect. In other cases, they may know about the problem, but do not report… Read More »

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Alcohol-Related Fireball Crash in Tampa Kills One

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

One man’s BAC level was almost twice the legal limit when he wrecked his car and killed the passenger in his vehicle. Near the intersection of Westshore Boulevard and Montgomery Avenue, the 24-year-old motorist moved into the left lane to pass another vehicle. In so doing, he struck the median and then careened into… Read More »

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