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Florida’s New Dog Bite Law

dogs bewareAs of January 27, 2016, the laws guiding dog bite cases in Florida have changed.  The bill, known informally as “Padi’s Bill”, provides hearing officers with more flexibility in determining the outcome for dogs who cause severe injuries to humans.

The Padi Dog That Started It All

Back in June 2015, a dog named Padi bit a 4-year-old boy and took off some of his ear in the process. Though the boy’s family said the dog attacked him, Padi’s owners explained that the boy had cornered Padi and thrown toys at him, which unintentionally provoked Padi to bite the boy. Read More

Negligent Security Just Made Major Headlines

Erin Andrews. Source: Wikipedia

Erin Andrews. Source: Wikipedia

Negligent security in places like shopping centers, hotels, and malls is a major issue that causes injuries and other traumas every year. From failed security systems and lack of security cameras to ineffective lighting, public places don’t always keep visitors as safe as they need to. This concept was exemplified recently in the news when Erin Andrews won a negligent security lawsuit against the hotel who allowed a stalker to secretly record her nude.

Background in the Case

Erin Andrews is a well-known Fox Sports reporter and co-host of “Dancing with the Stars”. In 2008, she was staying in a Nashville hotel when a man named Michael David Barrett asked hotel staff for Andrews’ room number and was informed accordingly. This information allowed Barrett to book the room next to Andrews.  Read More

Everything You Should Know about Probation

probationIf you are facing charges for a crime, probation could be the good news you’re looking for. While it still isn’t an ideal situation, probation serves as a jail sentence alternative so you can maintain as much normalcy as possible in your life.

What is Probation?

Rather than going to jail as punishment for a crime, probation allows the person convicted of a crime to remain in the community. The terms of probation are set forth by the court and usually include required community service time, consistent meetings with a probation officer, and legal behavior for the duration of the probation. Read More

What Does it Mean to Seal and Expunge Records?

If you are accused of a crime, the only person that can help you out is a criminal defense attorney.

Nobody wants a tarnished criminal record, but felonies, misdemeanors, and dismissed charges certainly occur on a regular basis. If you were convicted or even found innocent and are eager for a way to clean your record, it’s possible that you do have a method of recourse. Sealing and expunging criminal records are both effective means to do so based on your specific situation. Read More

Is it Defamation or Personal Injury?

dreamstimescale_cartoon9921102_stdIn our country of free speech, it’s all too common for defamation to occur as people use their words inappropriately. It’s actually possible to receive compensation for damages that occurred due to defamation, especially when the accusations can be proven false.

Defining Defamation, Libel, and Slander

Defamation occurs when someone conveys information about another person which causes harm. Slander and libel are both forms of character defamation that are actionable under federal and state laws. Slander is considered short-term defamation, usually in the form of spoken words or gestures. Libel, on the other hand, is defamation that is written, printed, or even in picture or video form. Read More

Understanding the Statue of Limitations

legal documentsOur country’s legal system carefully outlines how crimes should be handled, including statute of limitations. The statute of limitation for a crime forbids prosecutors from charging someone with a crime that was committed more than a specific number of years ago.

Statute of limitations was first enforced to ensure convictions occurred with evidence that hadn’t deteriorated with time, like eyewitnesses who gradually forgot details or physical items that were no longer reliable. After the period of the statute has expired, the person who committed the crime can no longer be charged. Read More

Florida Accident Facts

Let’s be honest, accidents happen. That is why Tampa car accident attorney Brian Esposito urges you to be safe when you hit the road. Every time you get behind the wheel, you are at risk of being involved in a Florida car accident. The State of Florida tracks all traffic accidents as reported by local law enforcement agencies and state agencies. The traffic data is used to prepare annual reports that are made available to the public. According to the latest reports in Florida, here is a summary of some interesting Florida car accident and Hillsborough County car accident statistics:


Traffic Crashes
There were 235,778 traffic accidents; the reports show that it was approximately 646 crashes per day.

Fatalities and Fatal Crashes
There were approximately 2,563 fatalities in 2,372 fatal accidents.

Injuries in Auto Crashes
There were 197,214 injuries in 125,675 injury crashes.

Alcohol Related Crashes
Alcohol related car accidents are completely unnecessary and very costly in injuries, damages to vehicles, lost driving privileges and most importantly lost lives. In 2009 in Florida, 20,085 alcohol related traffic accidents occurred resulting in 1,004 deaths and 14,130 injuries.

Pedestrians Involved in Car Accidents
Hitting someone with a car is a nightmare but it happens thousands of times a year in Florida. Drivers can help avoid these accidents by slowing down in residential neighborhoods, looking twice as they approach intersections, and always remembering that the pedestrian always has the right of way. If you are on foot always use the crosswalk and don’t pop out in the road from behind things where approaching drivers cannot see you. Following are statistics of Pedestrians involved in car accidents.

Bicycle Related Crashes in Florida
There were 118 bicyclists killed in 4,775 bicycle crashes.

Motorcycle Crashes in Florida
Motorcycles are big part of life in Florida with our excellent year round weather, Bike Week, and Biketoberfest. Drivers should always look for motorcycles before you pull out, change lanes, and enter the highway. I couldn’t find 2009 statistics, but in 2008, 502 motorcyclists were killed, and 8,519 were injured in 9,618 crashes.

Source of Data: The data used to generate this summary came from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida DMV website.



In 2010, there were 17,480 traffic accidents in Hillsborough County, Florida. Tampa accounts for the majority of the car accidents in Hillsborough County recording 6,788 accidents in 2009. Tampa was number 3 in Florida for total number of car accidents in a city in 2009, which was behind Jacksonville and Miami.

Source of Data is the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Florida Department of Motor Vehicles website.

What Should I Do If I Was In A Car Accident?

If you have suffered a personal injury from a car accident, take the following steps:

1. Seek health care immediately.
2. Get names, address, and phone numbers of all persons present when you suffered your personal injury.
3. Obtain a Tampa personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
4. Do not give statements to anyone until you have spoken to your personal injury attorney.