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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

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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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The Five Kinds of Driving Impairment

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Most of the vehicle collisions in Tampa are not “accidents.” Instead, driver error causes almost all of these incidents. Many times, the tortfeasor (negligent driver) is impaired in some way. Compensation tends to be rather high in these cases. These tortfeasors generally know they should not get behind the wheel, yet they choose to… Read More »

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Issues in Drowsy Driver Truck Crash Claims

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Truck driver fatigue has long been an issue in this area. Recent evidence makes these claims easier to establish in court. There is a direct relationship between hours worked and possibility of fatigue. This finding makes it easier to establish liability for damages in these cases, especially in light of the enhanced truck driver… Read More »

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Fatal Wrong-Way Crash on Interstate 275

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Police do not know how long a southbound motorist operated her vehicle on the northbound side of I-275 before she struck another car head-on. The wreck happened near mile marker 49 at about 4:30 a.m. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 39-year-old Aryail Gomez was travelling on the wrong side of the freeway when… Read More »

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If I Took a DUI Chemical Test, Am I Automatically Guilty?

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

According to the way the law is written, the answer to this question is “yes.” Like most other states, Florida has a per se DUI law. Defendants who have an alcohol concentration above .08 in their blood or breath are “impaired” as a matter of law. But as a practical matter, the answer to… Read More »

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Dual Fatal Car Crash in Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Investigators say that alcohol probably caused a rollover collision which killed two people in an accident near Ybor City. The wreck happened near the intersection of North 15th Street and East 21st Avenue. Authorities state that 47-year-old Roberto Diaz was intoxicated when he drove on the wrong side of the road, clipped several parked… Read More »

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How Does Florida’s New Cell Phone Law Affect Distracted Driving Claims?

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Before July 2019, Florida had one of the weakest cell phone laws in the country. It only applied in limited situations, and officers could not issue citations unless they pulled drivers over for something else. But that was before the new limited hands-free law took effect. In most cases, the law prohibits texting and… Read More »

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The Three Types of Distracted Driving in Florida

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Most drivers agree that distracted driving is one of the most dangerous driving behaviors. Yet most drivers also admit that they often do not focus on driving. Most people multitask their way through the day. We type on the computer while we talk on the phone and carry on conversations with our spouses as… Read More »

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Left-Turn Crash Kills New Port Richey Woman

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A driver turned directly into the path of an oncoming motorist, killing one person and sending two others to area hospitals. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 29-year-old Hana Bandealy was northbound on Nebraska near the 121st Avenue intersection when 47-year-old Aracely Garcia made a left turn directly in front of Bandealy. Malek Gajani,… Read More »

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If a Rented Boat Hits Me, is the Rental Company Responsible for Damages?

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Recreational boating is very popular in the Tampa Bay area. Boaters can go out on the water almost literally twelve months a year. Unfortunately, many people who rent boats have little or no experience operating these watercraft. Florida has no boating license requirement. Operators under 21 must complete a boating safety course, but in… Read More »

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