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OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM AND OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM VETS WHO USED THE COMBAT ARMS EARPLUGS

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Defective combat earplugs sold by 3M may have caused U.S. military personnel to face an increased risk of hearing loss or tinnitus, leading the manufacturer to pay a settlement of more than $9 million to the Department of Justice last year. Justice Department officials say that 3M sold its Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2… Read More »

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‘Ramblin’ Man’ Sustains Serious Head Injury In Osprey

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts is trying to make a living and doing the best he can as he recovers from a severe brain injury he suffered at home. Mr. Betts, who suffered a stroke earlier in 2018, slipped and fell and hit his head as he played with the family dog. The injury… Read More »

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Head-On Crash Kills Tampa Driver

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Fault seems apparent in a wrong-way Manatee County car wreck. But appearances can be deceiving, and the legal issues may be complex. According to state troopers, a 39-year-old man was southbound on County Road 39 when he inexplicably lost control of his vehicle. His car careened onto the northbound side where it impacted another… Read More »

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Pedestrian Crash Kills Tarpon Springs Mom

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A stroller-pushing mom was tragically killed after a driver hit her as she walked with the stroller and two other small children on the side of the road. A 27-year-old woman was apparently straddling the white line as she walked southbound on U.S. Highway 19 near Spruce Street. A 33-year-old man from Port Richey… Read More »

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Fatal Left Turn Motorcycle Crash In Town ‘n Country

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Another left turn crash killed another Tampa motorcycle rider and another driver faces no criminal law consequences because of it. The wreck occurred near the intersection of Hillsborough Avenue and Countrywide Boulevard. According to witnesses and emergency responders, a 50-year-old man was eastbound on Hillsborough in a Toyota Sienna. As he turned left onto… Read More »

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Reckless High-Speed Police Chase Kills One, Injures One

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

One person is dead, and another one seriously injured, after Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputies relentlessly pursued a man who may have done nothing wrong. Initially, deputies received conflicting reports about an incident at an area convenience store. One witness stated that the suspect had placed a woman in a headlock. Another witness claimed that… Read More »

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The Four Steps In Most Federal Criminal Cases

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Federal crimes are incredibly scary, mostly because federal penalties are often so severe. The criminal process and procedure are unfamiliar to most targets of a prosecutor’s wrath. The investigators are usually not local law enforcement officers in familiar uniforms. Instead, they are usually from the alphabet soup of federal law enforcement agencies like the… Read More »

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Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash In Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Two people are in the hospital following a serious rear-end crash on the Selmon Expressway’s upper deck. Police and witnesses state that a 52-year-old man was riding eastbound near Mile Marker 10 when he slowed down for traffic. But an 86-year-old man, who was trailing the motorcycle, did not slow down. Instead, he collided… Read More »

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Winning Damages In Tampa Distracted Driving Cases

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

According to a 2017 study, Florida ranks 49th among the 50 states in terms of distracted driving. Only Louisiana drivers pay less attention to the road than motorists in the Sunshine State. Orange County is ground zero in terms of distracted driving crashes. It has almost twice as many such incidents as any other… Read More »

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Impaired Tampa Driver Charged With Intoxication Manslaughter

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A Hillsborough County judge said that a 27-year-old man exhibited “a complete disregard for the safety of the community” when he went the wrong way on the Selmon Expressway and killed a 68-year-old grandfather. Shortly before midnight, Tampa police officers received multiple calls about a reckless driver in South Tampa. That driver turned out… Read More »

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Breaking Down Boating Accidents In Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

In 2017, boating accidents in the United States seriously injured thousands of people. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the fatality rate in these accidents was alarmingly high. Most of these incidents are not “accidents” related to bad weather or other uncontrollable events. Rather, a lack of ordinary care or a refusal to obey… Read More »

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Fatal Head-On Crash In Zephyrhills

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Three people are dead, and several others seriously injured, after a driver apparently failed to check for oncoming traffic before passing another vehicle. This crash occurred on Highway 54 near the Chantel Drive intersection. Florida Highway Patrol investigators state that a 30-year-old man moved from the westbound to the eastbound side of the two-lane… Read More »

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How To Win A Florida Car Crash Case

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Strong evidence is the foundation of all successful car wreck claims in Tampa. Victim/plaintiffs have the burden of proof in these cases. They must establish negligence by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). Negligence is more than just fault for the accident. Instead, negligence is basically a lack of ordinary care…. Read More »

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Four Possible Grounds For Criminal Appeals In Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Criminal jury trial outcomes are impossible to predict with any certainty. Anyone who makes such a prognostication is probably either over-promising an outcome or inexperienced in trial work. Completely unpredictable circumstances, like a single holdout juror, can completely change the outcome. Not all these unexpected circumstances are grounds for a criminal appeal. In fact,… Read More »

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Drowsy Driving Crash Seriously Injures Three People

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A dangerously fatigued driver sent three Clearwater police officers to the hospital following a wreck on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Witness reports are a bit inconsistent. Some say that officers were assisting a disabled vehicle; others say they were working a non-injury crash. Regardless of these facts, a drowsy driver slammed into the cluster… Read More »

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Deadly Left-Turn Vehicle Collision In Hernando County

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

The wreck killed the driver of one vehicle and seriously injured the passenger in another vehicle. A man from Lecanto, was on U.S. 19 making a left turn onto Vespa Way. In so doing, he collided with a 2013 Silverado which was directly in the man’s path. The impact killed the man almost instantly… Read More »

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Mechanically-Assisted Deliveries And Serious Birth Injuries

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Although there are obvious warning signs, shoulder dystocia still takes many delivery physicians by surprise. Sometimes, these doctors see the indicators during prenatal visits, but they dismiss them with an “I’ve got this” overconfident mentality. Other times, when the mothers have no prenatal care, doctors do not adequately review the patient’s file or physical… Read More »

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BEWARE OF FRAUD AND SCAMMERS AFTER HURRICANE MICHAEL

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

When severe weather leaves a trail of destruction, a different kind of danger can lurk in the aftermath: unsavory characters looking to cash in on cleanup and repair efforts. These fraudulent “storm chasers” can cause serious problems for victims and those who want to help them. Below is a summary of common disaster scams… Read More »

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PRODUCT SAFETY ALERT: ELOCTROCUTION HAZARD FROM FAMILY DRYER

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Each year at shopping centers, mega stores, and online Americans spend billions of dollars purchasing the newest version of their favorite products or the latest technical innovation.  It is not often that product safety and design enters the forefront of that thought process for consumers. Far too often we hear the gut-wrenching story of… Read More »

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Charges Filed After Fatal DUI Wreck

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Officials recently arrested a 23-year-old woman who was the driver in an earlier alcohol-related crash that killed a passenger in the other car. In January 2018, the woman lost control of her SUV as she was northbound on Morris Bridge Road. She careened into a southbound car, killing the passenger and seriously injuring the… Read More »

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