Sep 20 2012

Car Crashes Into Local Home After Striking 13-Year-Old on Bike

A former middle school principal has been arrested in Lealman, Florida following a crime spree that included strike a 13-year-old boy with his car and driving his vehicle into a private residence.

Once a highly respected Tampa educator, Anthony Giancola had been reportedly struggling in recent years with an addiction to crack cocaine that had brought his career to an end. In late June, Giancola appears to have gone on a dramatic rampage that involving multiple assaults and injuring five individuals with his car.

After assaulting a married couple that ran a nearby hotel, Giancola reportedly asked residents sitting on the porch of a home in Pinellas Park where he could find women from the seat of his car. After being asked to leave, Giancola returned and crashed his maroon Ford sedan into the porch, injury a man and three women.

Earlier that morning, Giancola appears to have intentionally attempted to run over a local 13-year-old boy by the name of Kole Price. Price was returning home on his bicycle from a morning spent fishing with his grandfather when he was struck by the Ford. Giancola allegedly hit Price again with his car before he was able to find safety hiding behind a telephone pole. The boy was not seriously injured in the incident.

Formerly known as “Mr. G.” by his students, police are at a loss to explain what may have overcome Giancola that day.

“There’s no nexus,” said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri in a statement to the media, “No connection between the suspect and the victims as we know it.”


Sep 16 2012

Pedestrian Killed in Largo Car Accdent

A local resident was killed Sunday in a Largo car accident involving a Ford Taurus and a pedestrian on Seminole Boulevard.

Shortly before 8:00 pm, 56-year-old Michael Patrick Bain of Largo, Florida was attempting to cross Seminole Boulevard at the corner of 110th Avenue when he was struck by a car. He was approaching from the east and heading west across the street when the accident occurred. According to a spokesperson from the Florida Highway Patrol, Thomas R. Lardani, 71, was traveling south on the boulevard when Bain stepped into the path of his 1997 Ford Taurus.

Bain sustained serious injuries in the car accident and was transported to Largo Medical Center. He later passed away due to the severity of his injuries, according to a report released by the police department. Lardani was not severely injured in the collision but did sustain minor injuries.

Although the Largo car accident is still under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver has not been charged with any wrongdoing regarding the incident.


Apr 28 2010

OSHA Regulations on Construction Accidents

*A list of employees’ rights and employers’ responsibilities

*Basic rules on worker safety in the construction industry

As one of the most common sources of workplace injuries, construction accidents are among the main concerns of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The OSHA, created by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, gives certain rights and responsibilities to workers and employers alike, and ensures that proper compensation is given to construction accident victims. This article provides a list of employees’ rights and employers’ obligations concerning construction accidents under this act. For more information you can check out these Dallas accident FAQs

Employee rights

These rights are meant to protect employees from working hazards and ensure that they are given safe working environments. Some of the main rights include:

-Access to workplace safety information. Construction workers have the right to get copies of standards and regulations governing their field of work. These materials should be available in the workplace at all times, and ideally given to employees as soon as they get signed on.

-Access to medical records. Before hiring a worker, most companies will require a medical report ensuring that a person is fit for the kind of work involved. Workers should be able to retrieve and review these records as needed, whether or not there was an accident.

-Requests for inspection. If a worker finds a potential work hazard or suspects a violation of standards, he or she has the right to contact the OSHA and request an inspection. Usually, a compliance officer from the OSHA will come to inspect the premises a few days after the request.

-Anonymity. Workers who file complaints or request investigations can choose to keep their names hidden from the employer to avoid retaliatory or discriminatory action. This is done by simply requesting anonymity from the OSHA representatives concerned.

Employer responsibilities

Much of a worker’s safety depends on the employer’s management, and the OSHA works to make sure they comply with state and federal standards. Among other things, employers are required to:

-Keep the workplace free from safety and health hazards at all times;

-Inform its workers of relevant safety and health regulations;

-Display the official OSHA rights and responsibilities poster in a prominent place;

-Implement an efficient communication program to manage workplace hazard (e.g. container labeling, data sheets on commonly handled materials, training programs); and

-Inform workers upon hiring that their medical records are available for retrieval and review.

This article is not intended as legal advice.

Mar 4 2010

Hearing Impairment

An individual’s hearing sensitivity is measured by the quietest sound that the person can detect – this is known as the hearing threshold. A behavioral audiogram can be used to accurately measure that threshold in humans (and in some animals). This process involves recording the quietest sound that elicits a response from the listener, on a consistent basis. Different frequencies are used for these sounds while recording the responses. Another hearing test involves electro-physiological responses that don’t require behavioral responses.

With regards to various animal species, normal hearing thresholds are not the same for every frequency. When sounds are played at different frequencies, and at the same amplitude, some of those sounds will heard as a loud noise, some will be perceived as quiet and some will hardly be recognized at all. However, for those frequencies that are barely perceived, increasing the amplitude will make them more audible. In general, the frequencies that are used for communication within the species (as in “speech” – for humans) are the most audible for that species. This fine tuning of hearing will appear at many different levels of the auditory system. This will also include the ear’s physical characteristics and the nerves and tracts of the auditory system which will convey impulses to the portion of the brain that decodes them.

When an individual is unable to exhibit sensitivity to sounds that are normally perceived by its kind – that individual is described as being hearing impaired. For humans, this term normally refers to those who are insensitive to sounds in the frequencies that speech is heard. The severity of this condition is measured in terms of how much louder (increased amplitude) the sound must be, before the sound is recognized. In cases of profound deafness, no level of sound amplitude will be heard.

The quality of a sound, as opposed to its amplitude, is another characteristic of hearing. For humans, this is measured by “speech discrimination” tests. These tests will require that the subject not only hears the sound, but understands it, as well. There are some very rare forms of hearing disorders that will only affect this aspect of hearing.

Please note that this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice.

Hearing Impairment can sometimes interfere with a productive lifestyle. For further information, contact Social Security disability lawyer Gerard Lynch, regarding SSI/SSD claims in Galveston and other Texas cities.

Feb 26 2010

The Invisible Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury

One of the most life-threatening bodily harms that can come to people is traumatic brain injury. This is a sudden, physical trauma to the brain acquired non-congenitally, through external force often typified in various catastrophic accidents and violence.  While the dangerous condition of a person suffering from an open head injury is readily perceptible, the consequences of closed head injuries are not. Nevertheless, all traumatic brain injuries often lead to an array of possible consequences that can persist throughout a person’s lifetime.

Primary and Secondary Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are classified into primary and secondary types.

Primary injuries are those that directly occur at the moment of trauma. These include contusions, blood vessel damage, and axonal shearing where the long ends of brain cells are stretched and torn. In primary injuries, brain cells and tissues may deform and die, drastically altering brain function.

Secondary injuries are indirect results of the trauma, usually as results of complex cellular processes and biochemical cascades initiated by primary injuries. These injury aftershocks can damage areas previously unharmed in the initial trauma and occurs minutes to days after sustaining injury. Secondary injuries include reduced blood and oxygen flow to the brain, low blood pressure, edema or swelling of the brain, and raised pressure within the skull, all of which substantially likely to have further serious effects on the brain, the body, overall body function, and even on the life of the injured person itself.

Signs and Symptoms

While all these injuries can occur, they may not be readily apparent, invisible dangers that can sometimes elude even sophisticated medical technology. Nevertheless, there are physical signs and symptoms to look for to help confirm brain injury. Unconsciousness is one common sign. Other symptoms include dizziness, difficulty balancing, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, unequal pupil size, ringing in the ears, and a bad taste in the mouth among others. Cognitive and emotional symptoms include changes in mood and behavior, and problems with memory, concentration, and thinking.

While traumatic brain injuries can be mild and do not cause permanent or long-term disability, all severity levels of traumatic brain injuries have the potential to cause significant, long-lasting disability that can affect overall quality of life.

Additional legal site: Personal Injury Lawyer Elan Wurtzel. Providing legal assistance in the Long Island area.

This article is intended to provide only general information on the topic and not as legal advice.

Apr 24 2009

What you should know about Contingency Fees

If at one point you are caught up in a legal situation and you don’t have the money to afford an attorney, don‘t worry you have options. You may want to speak to your lawyer about a contingency fee method. In this case you would never have to pay a penny to your attorney unless you won your settlement. Then at this point your lawyer would receive a percentage of your fees which you’ve won.

The percentage of your contingency fee would be gone over once you speak with your lawyer. It’s usually between 20%-50% of the fees you win from your case.  If you lose the court case you won’t owe anything to the lawyer including lawyer fees and such.

Many times this contingency fee method is arranged when someone has been injured or seeking damages from auto accident or medical malpractice cases. Most attorneys will offer you a free consultation. If after hearing your case they feel that you are probably going to win then they will most likely take on your case and represent you. There wouldn’t be any worrying about hourly fees the lawyer usually charges which racks up after a couple visits.

Some cases that occur are usually only dealt with the contingency fee basis option. These matters consist of the following situations; Wrongful dismissal claims and serious injury claims which occur if the plaintiff is not working or has little income. Most people these days cannot afford a lawyer hourly and let their situations go unsettled. Why have this occur when there are options out there for individuals to claim what they have lost and also should receive as an outcome. If the lawyer notices this case is a positive one and nothing can go wrong and you’ll win, he/she will usually consider a contingency fee basis method. Make sure before you sign a contingency fee document, that there are no hidden fees written if you would lose the case. Always read the agreement word for word before signing anything.

Before you consider using the contingency fee method for your legal case make sure they are worth the percentage your lawyer may charge you. If it’s a small battle and your lawyer suggests a 30% payment once the settlement is won, you might want to reconsider the option. You may be better off paying the hourly fees instead of giving him a larger sum at the end of the settlement. Not all cases where an attorney represents their client wins. So therefore the attorney may raise the percentage of the next case he comes in contact with to make his money back he lost. This doesn’t seem fair for the next client but it’s something they have to do to make their profit equal out.

Make sure your case isn’t something which will only take a few days or maybe just one before considering the contingency fee method. This can mean the difference between you having money or not having money. You can’t afford to lose.

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Apr 24 2009

Accident Lawyer

If you have had a loved one who was recently killed in a wrongful death, you may well have to look for a personal accident lawyer.  Wrongful death can happen in many different types of cases; from a car accident that was not you’re loved ones fault.  Or maybe some aspirin or other product your loved one took caused their death, this also can be classified as a wrongful death.

Types of wrongful death
There are so many different types of cases that can lead to wrongful death, so you should get an attorney who is qualified to help you out in your search for justice.  It’s not an easy time when a loved one passes away, but when it happens in a wrongful death case you get angry and want to make sure their death doesn’t go unjustified.

Attorney for Wrongful Death
When you go looking for an attorney to handle the wrongful death of your loved one, it’s not only important to find one that specializes in those types of cases.  You should also try to find one that will take your case on a contingency basis.  This will mean that they need to reach a settlement for you in order for them to get any money; a great way that can save you money and have your lawyer working extremely hard on your case to reach that settlement.

Don’t let the wrongful death of that loved one go without notice; get your case heard in court.  Or at least have your lawyer fighting for your loved one.  Even though a large settlement will not bring your loved one back, it may go a long way in helping you pay some medical bills that came about due to the death.  Plus it’s not cheap to bury a person nowadays either.  You can use the settlement money to help to pay all those bills too.

Suffering a Loss
It’s sad to think that tons of people have these types of cases a year, wrongful death is always tough.  So search for the right personal injury lawyer who can help you out.  Again find one that will work on a contingency basis and will not get payment if your case is not won.  Get a lawyer who works strictly personal injury cases, and preferably focuses on those cases that deal in wrongful death.

If you find an attorney and you meet with them, but you feel they may not be the best choice.  Move on don’t just settle, there may be a reason you are feeling this way.  Don’t jump into an agreement with an attorney who sends off the wrong signals to you.  There are so many attorneys’ out there that focus in personal injury cases that it shouldn’t be that hard to try a few different attorneys and see how you feel about them.  Pick the one who you feel will work the hardest for you.  Also try to make sure that they call you within 24 hours after you’ve left a message. It’s up to you to make things right. You can do this by searching all legal directory listings you can find.  It’s important to know your options.