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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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BEATING A BREATH TEST IN FLORIDA

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

In Florida, a breath test instrument is an evidential machine used to measure, calculate, and record the breath alcohol level of a Florida DUI suspect.  The most common instrument used in Florida is the ‘Intoxilyzer 8000.’ The Intoxilyzer 8000 is an infrared analyzer manufactured by CMI, Inc., based on Owensboro, Kentucky. Broadly speaking, the… Read More »

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Loss-of-Control Crash Kills One, Injures One

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

In Jacksonville, a runaway car careened off several interstate barriers before it hit an oncoming vehicle. The car crash occurred on Interstate 295 near the New Kings Road intersection. According to police and witnesses, 33-year-old Antuan Shaw was northbound on I-295 in a Nissan Sentra. For unknown reasons, he lost control of his vehicle…. Read More »

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Surgical and Post-Surgical Mistakes in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Everyone, including doctors, makes mistakes. That is a part of life. Moreover, everyone, including doctors, is responsible for the mistakes they make. Legally, if a lack of care caused the mistake, the doctor or other negligent actor may be responsible for damages. Liability is usually easier to establish in these cases. Doctors have a… Read More »

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Runaway Driver Kills Tampa Teenager

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

An 18-year-old high school senior is dead after another driver, who was fleeing from the scene of an earlier accident, ignored a red light and slammed into her vehicle. A Bradenton woman was southbound on 27th Street East when a 23-year-old man hit her car in an intersection. The force of the collision ejected… Read More »

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Four Ways to Win Florida Dog Bite Cases

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Mostly due to rising medical expenses and improved treatment methods, the average animal attack claim value has increased 94 percent since 2003. Typically, when animals attack, they cause a variety of injuries. The knockdown often causes head injuries and severe broken bones. When dogs bite, they tear and slash at flesh, causing incredibly serious… Read More »

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Runaway Spring Hill Car Seriously Injures Six

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A 63-year-old woman lost control of her car and smashed into a restaurant, injuring six people in the process. One of the victims had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. The driver, whose name was not released, crossed from eastbound Spring Hill Drive onto the west side. She sideswiped a pickup truck, barreled… Read More »

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Three Types of Prescription Drug Crimes in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Prescription drug abuse statistics are grim. The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s people, but Americans make up 80 percent of the worldwide opioid marketplace. An average of 46 people a day die from prescription drug overdoses. That includes high-profile people like actors Heath Ledger and Anna Nicole Smith as… Read More »

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Tampa Pedestrian Crash Kills One, Injures One

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A man is dead after he evidently walked into the path of an oncoming car. The wreck occurred in Pasco County. According to witnesses and investigators, a 51-year-old Tampa man was southbound on Dale Mabry near the Brinson Road intersection. At that moment, a 71-year-old pedestrian, whose name was not released, apparently stepped out… Read More »

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Three Examples Of Defective Product Claims In Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Most people assume that the cars they drive, the medicine they take, and the other products they use every day are perfectly safe. In many cases, that assumption is correct. But in many other cases, the truth is much different. Dangerous products seriously injure thousands of victims in Tampa every year. In general, manufacturers… Read More »

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“EMOTIONAL SUPPORT” PIT-BULL MAULS LITTLE GIRL AT AIRPORT

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A family filed a lawsuit on behalf of their 5-year-old daughter, Gabriella, after she was mauled by an “emotional support” pit-bull at a terminal in a Portland, Oregon airport. The lawsuit names the dog’s owner, Alaska Airlines, and the municipal agency Port of Portland as defendants and accuses each of them with negligence since… Read More »

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