In the shocking aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Tampa, FL based personal injury attorney Joseph Diaco, Jr. felt helpless as he watched the despair of the people in remote cities like Arecibo, Aguadilla and Ponce in Puerto Rico. To combat the hopelessness, Diaco helped formulate a plan to bring aid to areas under a veritable media blackout. Diaco reached out to Rafael Gatzambide, Bubba Clem and the BTLS Foundation to get the word out to local businesses. All were willing and eager to help Diaco make it happen, despite enormous logistical hurdles.
To accomplish the goal, each of them donated services, logistical planning, time, supplies and money. Ana Franco of JJ Aeronautics donated the use of a Citation C500 Eagle Jet as well as pilots, the use of her hanger for supplies and her planning expertise. Rafael Gatzambide offered his unwavering support and his incredible ability to gather cash donations and supplies. Bubba Clem and Diaco Law donated money, used the BTLS Foundation to receive additional cash donation and solicited help on Bubba’s show while Diaco coordinated all of the logistics to make this effort a reality. Donations to date have included significant monetary donations in excess of $40,000.00, medical supplies, food and 1,000 Sawyer Water Filters from Waves for Water, capable of filtering 100,000 gallons of water each for a total capacity of filtering approximately 100,000,000.00 gallons of water.
Cash donations raised by Diaco through the BTLS Foundation are being used to fuel the flights where supplies are brought in and relief workers or medically needy patients are flown back to the United States. To date, two flights have successfully been made and more are planned for the near future. Diligence, empathy and compassion are proving that local people can make a difference one plane at a time.
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For many, swimming pools are the main form of pleasure and entertainment during the hot summer months. Unfortunately, we’ve all heard the stories of unintentional drownings by children who were unattended. This is the reason why there are safety locks, fences, and pool alarms. Still, statistics show that accidental drownings are the number one cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have reported that from 2005-2014, over 3,500 people died from drowning. When you look at the average on those numbers, that comes out to about ten deaths from drowning every single day during that period. It’s even more frightening when you realize that for every child who dies from drowning in the United States, five other children are treated at emergency rooms for injuries suffered in swimming pools.
With numbers like these, it’s no wonder that pool safety is at the front of most parents minds Here are a few facts to consider:
It only takes a minute: Research statistics show that over 75% of home drowning accidents involve a child that has been gone for no more than five parents. In the time it takes to answer the phone, grab a bottle of water, or check your email, a child can be submerged in a swimming pool. In many of those cases, the children had made their way out to the pool when the parents weren’t aware that they were anywhere near the pool. Placing a fence around all four sides of your swimming area has the potential of decreasing the risk of drowning by as much as 80%.
Alarms work: Many homes have a three-sided fence around a pool and they consider the home the fourth wall. If a home is considered part of the safety barrier of the pool, then alarms are recommended on all the doors. Most of these alarms are easily turned off by adults but will alert anyone in charge that a child has left the home.
Pool covers: Power safety covers, unlike simple plastic tarps or sheets that cover the pool, are motor powered barriers that can be placed over the water area. When properly installed and up to safety standards, one of these power safety covers will hold the weight of two adults and one child. These standards were put into place in order to aid a rescue if necessary.
Education: Anyone who has a pool at their home needs to be aware of all of the responsibility involved regarding safety. Babysitters or other adults who will be in charge at the home should all be aware of any safety precautions and should be properly trained in first aid and CPR. All children who enter the pool need to be supervised by adults and even children who have had swimming lessons need to be watched carefully.
As mentioned earlier, for every child in the United States that dies from drowning accident, five other children are treated at the emergency room for submersion injuries. It has been shown that nearly 50% of children who suffered injuries in a swimming pool did so at residential pools as compared to less than 30% who suffered injuries at public pools or spas.
The way to consider the full impact a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, can have on your life or the life of a friend or family member, is one moment everything is normal and then suddenly their life, mental ability and functional ability dramatically change. A TBI occurs when the brain forcefully slams into the skull. The injury can be caused by a traumatic hit to the head, an automobile collision, a fall, a bicycle collision or a host potentially deadly circumstances. Traumatic brain injuries can happen to anyone at any age.
A TBI is particularly problematic for the victim of an accident because the signs of the injury often do not become apparent for several months after the incident. It is not unheard of for the symptoms of this type of injury to become readily noticeable up to a year after the accident.
TBI signs to look for include:
- Recurrent headaches
- Short-term memory problems
- Irritability and unexplainable mood changes
- Disrupted sleep patterns
- Inability to complete day-to-day routine tasks. This is often followed by frustration, hopelessness and anger.
Measures that can be taken to minimize the chances of a TBI include:
- Eliminate trip hazards
- Wear a helmet when participating in certain outdoor activities
- Wear your safety belt when riding in or driving a vehicle.
One helpful thing you can do if a friend or family member has suffered a TBI in an accident, is get that person in contact with a personal injury law office that is well-versed in the legal and medical issues in catastrophic personal injury cases. For instance, our own Dr. Daniel Diaco Esq. can comprehensively analyze the complex medical records associated with a TBI and formulate the best approach to get the injured party appropriate and fair compensation.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Robert W. Wunderlich, Esq. to the Diaco Law team. Mr. Wunderlich attained his BBA at Campbell University, his Master’s degree at Webster University and his Juris Doctor at Stetson University College of Law. Prior to joining the Diaco Law team, Wunderlich served with distinction as a Green Beret Special Forces Officer. His military service record stretched from 1984 — 2004 and speaks to his determination and belief in public service.
In addition to Robert W. Wunderlich, Esq. the Diaco Law team has expanded in 2017 to include Dr. Daniel Diaco, Esq. Dr. Diaco attended Stetson University College of Law and achieved his personal goal of graduating first in his class. While working to achieve his goal, he never allowed his scholastic duties to impinge on his full-time plastic surgery practice or his precious family time. The addition of Dr. Daniel Diaco, Esq., allows Diaco Law to comprehensively analyze both medical and legal issues in catastrophic personal injury cases and complex medical malpractice cases.
Diaco Law focuses on personal injury claims including; Wrongful Death, Commercial Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Tractor/Trailer Accidents, Dog bites, Nursing Home Abuse, Defective Product Claims, Slip and Falls as well as other Injury Claims. Diaco Law provides careful and personal attention to each of their client’s needs.
The brain can be injured in several ways, each depending on the type of force and the amount of force that ultimately impacts the head. The injury may effect a single portion of the brain, multiple areas, or the entire brain. A few of the different types of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are discussed below.
Brain Injury Attributed to a Trauma
A brain injury is damage to the brain that results in an impairment to speech, language, behavioral or physical functioning. When the damage is not caused caused by a congenital disorder, a malignant tumor or a toxic substance, the application of an external force, limited blood supply or a birth trauma is often to blame.
A concussion occurs when the brain experiences a sudden impact, change in momentum or a movement change. The cranial nerves can become damaged in the process.
- A concussion may be caused by a sharp blow to the head, a gunshot wound, shaking or the force of a whiplash injury
- The concussion is the most common type of TBI. An open head injuries and closed head injuries can produce a concussion
- There may be a brief loss of consciousness when a person experiences a concussion, but it is more likely a person will feel dazed
- Diagnostic imaging tests like a CAT Scan may not show signs of a concussion
- The damage can be either permanent or temporary when a person suffers a concussion, but it will always require time to heal.
A contusion is a bruise, or pooled blood, on the brain.
- The bleeding is the direct result of an impact to the head
- Large bruises on the brain may require surgical intervention.
Coup-Contrecoup Brain Injury
A coup-contrecoup injury describes a brain bruise that appears both at the point of impact and on the opposite side of the brain.
- In a coup-countrecoup injury the force of impact is strong enough to slam the brain back to the original point of impact, which causes the additional damage.
If you or a family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury, the professionals from Diaco Law are here to help you pursue compensation for injuries. Symptoms can include cognitive, speech, behavioral and sensory issues. The law limits the amount of time during which you can file a claim, call us today at 888-SOS-FIRM!
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) case can be complex, requiring the ongoing support of a medical team and legal professionals. It is important for you to have the right Tampa attorney standing by your side during these times, you need a team with the experience and resources to do what is required to protect the rights of you and your loved ones. Diaco Law is prepared to prove your current loss and project what you will need in the future to live a full life.
If you or a family member has suffered a TBI, call Diaco Law at 888-SOS-FIRM to discuss the specifics of your claim and schedule an appointment to meet with our team.
If you have you lost a someone important to you due to the negligence of another person or a business entity, Tampa, Florida based Diaco Law is prepared to offer you compassionate legal advice free of cost.
Diaco Law is a personal injury law firm with more than 21 years of experience handling wrongful death and personal injury claims statewide. We realize that every client and claim is unique and our law firm is as well, because we have a practicing board certified surgeon and lawyer as a partner. Having a board certified surgeon who is also a lawyer allows us to evaluate medical and legal questions thoroughly and expediently.
We will work diligently to seek appropriate compensation for the wrongful death of your family member or loved one. There are no fees or costs, unless we recover compensation for your loss.
The hours initially following a motorcycle collision on a Florida road will dictate whether you enjoy a total recovery or suffer potentially chronic pain. Information collected by the Insurance Information Institute indicates that 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes in one year and 88,000 motorcyclists were injured. If you are involved in a Florida motorcycle collision, it is important to understand that you should seek immediate medical assistance, no matter how major or minor the injury appears.
The injuries found after a Florida motorcycle accident range from minor to life-altering when there is a TBI or a spinal cord injury. Motorcycle crash injuries most often include:
- Superficial skin abrasions or road rash
- Facial or jaw fractures
- Broken bones in the feet and ankles
The personal injury attorneys from Diaco Law appreciated the effect a motorcycle accident can have on your well-being and the well-being of your family. We have successfully pursued compensation for motorcycle accident claims for clients in and around Tampa Bay. Take a few moments to speak to a representative from our office before you make the mistake of speaking with an insurance representative.
Place a call to Diaco Law today at 888-SOS-FIRM for a case evaluation.
If you find you are injured in a Florida accident, there are issues you will need to resolve. Recovery and rehabilitation will be your obvious focus, and speaking to an attorney will be an item that slips down your “to do” list. With that in mind, here are three reasons you will want to make retaining a Tampa, FL personal injury lawyer a priority.
No two Florida accident claims are ever the same:
Each personal injury claim involves a unique set of variables and will warrant its own settlement amount, which will involve where the accident occurred and the severity of the injuries. A personal injury attorney will act as your advocate, ensuring you receive the care and compensation you are owed.
An attorney will help with the bureaucracy:
The right Tampa personal injury attorney will work on your behalf to expediently navigate the maze of insurance related papers to help you resolve your injury claim.
A Florida injury attorney may help you reach a better outcome:
An accident victim always has the right to represent himself or herself and negotiate with the insurance party for the negligent party. However, a plaintiff who makes the choice to retain a knowledgeable local Tampa personal injury attorney will often get improved results with an increased payout. An attorney will know what to ask for and how to get it for you.
There is no need for you to handle your Florida injury case on your own. A Tampa-based personal injury attorney from Diaco Law will work on your accident injury claim, so you can heal from your injuries and return to your normal life. To schedule an appointment for a consultation, call 888-SOS-FIRM.