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WHAT IS A PERSONAL INJURY CASE BASED ON?

Typically, a Personal Injury claim is based on a tort theory known as negligence. Negligence occurs when one fails to take reasonable care and because of that failure, damage or injury is caused to another. There are four requirements that need to be met in order for one to have a claim under the theory. Below we will define the requirements of negligence and will explain those definitions using an example. Example: You are driving on Highway I-75 in 5 o'clock moderate moving traffic and are rear-ended by the car behind you because they looked down to adjust the radio. They...

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HAVE YOU SUFFERED WHIPLASH DUE TO AN AUTO ACCIDENT?

Sadly, during an auto accident, injuries are common. This is especially true for the neck and back. One common neck injury is known as whiplash. “The jolt (or blow to the head) can come from behind, in front, or from the side [and] [e]ven a low-speed collision can cause whiplash.” Pain from whiplash sometimes does not show up right away. It may take between 12-24 hours or longer from the occurrence of an accident before symptoms arise. How does whiplash occur? Whiplash often occurs when the muscles in your neck are strained due to a quick movement of the neck backward and then forward....

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CAN A LOW IMPACT ACCIDENT STILL CAUSE INJURY?

Many might think that just because a low impact car accident has occurred due to a low speed, there will either not be an injury or the injury will be too minor to address. However, that is not always the case. Speed is defined in three categories. 1-2 miles per hour up to 20-25 miles per hour is considered a “low speed” impact. 25-40 miles an hour is considered a “moderate speed” impact and finally, a “high speed” impact occurs at 40 miles per hour and over. Studies have shown that a rear-end impact at as little as 5 miles...

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WHAT HAPPENS IF THE POLICE DO NOT COME TO THE SCENE OF A CAR ACCIDENT?

Whenever you are involved in an accident, we highly recommend that you call the police. But sometimes, due to a variety of reasons, the police will not come out to the scene. Just because they do not come out does not mean that you do not have a claim nor does it mean that you should not gather the necessary information. In that situation, you need to do exactly what the police officer would do. 1. Gather the other party’s information. This includes their name, address, phone number, license plate number, insurance provider and policy number. We suggest that you take...

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SHOULD I GIVE THE INSURANCE COMPANY A RECORDED STATEMENT?

After an accident, the insurance company will surely ask for a recorded statement. Now, this may seem simple enough. But, you should still answer “no” when being asked to make a recorded statement immediately after an accident, especially without an attorney’s representation. Consequences It is important to understand that although the insurance company requesting the statement may seem friendly, their primary goal is to minimize your injuries and ultimately, the amount of money they compensate you with. The people that take these statements have a lot of experience. They know what questions to ask and know how to use your words against...

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10 TIPS ON HOW TO ENJOY AND BE SAFE AT GASPARILLA

Each year Jose Gasparilla and his faithful pirate krew invade Tampa Bay creating an incredible time of fun! Other pirate krewes join Gasparilla for an annual parade throwing beads and treasures into the crowd of more than an estimated 300,000 people this year. We at the Nicoletti Law Firm wanted to create a small list of tips you and your mates could use to help ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and safe time! Wear comfortable clothing. It’s a long day. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and especially, comfortable shoes. Have a meeting place if you get separated. At...

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COME JOIN US AT THE KUMQUAT FESTIVAL IN DADE CITY, FLORIDA!

The Personal Injury Attorneys of the Nicoletti Law Firm are proud to announce that we are a sponsor of the Annual Kumquat Festival in Dade City, Florida. This is one of the largest events in Pasco County and is put on by the fine people of The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. The Kumquat Festival takes place on January 27th, 2018 from 9am-5pm. More than 40,000 people attend each year and this year there will be more than 400 vendors! Some of the activities at the event include: arts & crafts, delicious food from a variety of local Pasco County restaurants,...

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WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AFTER A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT

We at the Nicoletti Law Firm understand that a slip and fall accident can cause a substantial amount of injury which could lead to large medical bills, the loss of wages, and pain and suffering. Here are a few simple tips that we recommend if you or someone you know is involved in a slip and fall accident. 1. Seek medical attention. The most important thing is your health. If you feel any pain, make sure to be seen by a doctor to make sure those issues are addressed properly and do it at your earliest convenience. It is also important...

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5 TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

Christmas Day has come and gone. Now, it is time to prepare for New Year’s Eve. Although it may be a time for excitement due to the welcoming of the new year, you still should be vigilant and keep safety in mind. Here are a few tips we recommend to review prior to your celebrating. 1. Plan Your Ride. If you plan on drinking on New Year’s Eve, be sure to have a ride planned out. Taxis, Limos, Ubers, Lyfts or even riding with friends can be difficult to organize. Make sure to have a plan in place not only to...

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TIPS FOR DRIVING IN A PARKING LOT

With the holiday season upon us, parking lots can be loaded with cars in every spot and parking garage. People are moving at a faster pace and cars are in a rush to get the holiday shopping over with. Accidents can happen and even at a low speed, severe injuries can occur. Therefore, it is up to you to make sure that you do everything you can to prevent an accident from happening. Here are a few tips to remember this holiday season when driving in a parking lot: Back out of your spot slowly. Often times people can dart out...

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