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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Dual Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Auburndale

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A teen driver fatally struck two pedestrians who were crossing a well-lit road on a dark night. The wreck occurred near the intersection of Berkley Road and Marjorie Avenue. According to police and witnesses, a 17-year-old Winter Haven woman was southbound on Berkley when she struck a 34-year-old and a 43-year-old woman. First responders… Read More »

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Three New Supreme Court Cases That May Affect Florida Criminal Appeals

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Criminal appeals are not easy to win. Even if there was a clear error before, during, or after the trial, it may not be enough to overturn the conviction. Both U.S. and federal law are quite clear that defendants are entitled to fair trials, but not perfect trials. That being said, the United States… Read More »

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NOTORIOUS R.B.G & U.S. SUPREME COURT UPHOLD PROHIBITION ON EXCESSIVE FINES BY GOVERNMENT

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

The Supreme Court unanimously held on Wednesday that the 8th Amendment’s prohibition on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, in addition to the federal government. This is big news for State and Federal forfeiture claims. The opinion was written and delivered from the bench by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her first opinion… Read More »

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Alleged Auto Theft Ends In Serious Wreck

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Four people are in custody after authorities say they stole a vehicle and collided with another vehicle during their getaway. The incident began with an alleged carjacking on 18th Avenue in St. Petersburg. Police were alerted but they did not pursue the suspects. The stolen Hyundai sped away from the scene and collided with… Read More »

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Five Kinds of Nursing Home Abuse

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According to some estimates, about half of nursing home patients experience some form of abuse. Yet the vast majority of these instances are unreported. Many times, the victims fear reprisals from their abusers. Other times, the victims are not fully aware of the abuse that surrounds them. Typically, the nursing home is legally responsible… Read More »

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Six Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions In Tampa

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Many doctors lack the information needed to properly diagnose their patients. On average, physicians only listen to their patients for eleven seconds before they interrupt or redirect them. That small window of time is nowhere near large enough to learn about a patient’s symptoms. So, doctors often “go with their guts.” This approach sometimes… Read More »

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Car Slams Into Tree, Killing Land O’ Lakes Man

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Investigators suspect that driver error, most likely speed or impairment, caused a fatal single car crash in Wesley Chapel. The wreck happened near the intersection of Foxwood Boulevard and Chancy Road. According to police and witnesses, a 22-year-old woman may have been impaired when she lost control of her vehicle as it went around… Read More »

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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

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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

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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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