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.
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.
It is not uncommon to read the phrase “personal injury attorney” without possessing a solid understanding of what the phrase means. A personal injury attorney in Tampa, FL is a legal professional who provides representation to individuals who have been hurt as the result of the negligence of a company or person. The personal injury lawyer will be knowledgeable in, and have more experience in the area of law established to relieve people who have suffered harm from the wrongful acts committed by others. The lawyer will often work on legal matters involving a traffic collision, injuries suffered while at work, medical malpractice and a variety of other cases. Most importantly, the personal injury attorney will help you navigate through the rough waters after your injury has occurred.
I will offer you peace of mind that your personal interests are well-represented, I will protect your rights and do whatever possible to get you the best results on your case. I will offer you advice with respect, keep you informed about the progress of your claim and I will deal with the stress of communicating with the involved insurance agencies.
There are key elements that go into each Florida personal injury case that a Tampa personal injury Lawyer must prove.
The key elements of a Florida personal injury case.
To establish whether there is a legitimate personal injury claim, three factors must be met in all cases. The factors are:
- Incurred Damages
- Causation of the injury
A personal injury case can include: any of the following:
- Dog bites, or bites from other animals
- A slip and fall
- Injury at the workplace
- Injuries from faulty products
- Medical Malpractice
- Physical assault
- Sports injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress or harm
- Loss of Consortium or Companionship
If you have been hurt in an accident due to the negligence or someone else, or you want to discuss a legal claim for a loved one, Diaco Law welcomes your call at 813-SOS-FIRM.
- Take extensive notes
- If you will be sedated, you will want to have an advocate present to speak for you
- Do not hesitate to speak to an attorney if you or a family member has been injured due to medical malpractice.
It is important to note that Florida law limits the time to bring a medical malpractice claim to two years from the date of the injury, or the date you should have known about the injury. Florida law will not allow you to file a medical malpractice claim if it has been more than four years since the date of the injury.
If you or a family member has been injured due to the failure of a healthcare professional to follow standard protocols, it is important that you retain a competent and experienced attorney. For a free medical malpractice case evaluation, contact the office of Joseph F. Diaco, Jr. at 888-SOS-FIRM.