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Toyota’s Accelerator Recall and Payout

Toyota Motor Corporation faced a series of 3 separate, related product recalls spanning from the end of 2009 into the first quarter of 2011.  In general, the recalls involved accelerator pedal defects or conditions which caused the accelerator (gas pedal) to become stuck.  As a result, cases of unintended acceleration were reported and presented an alarming safety risk.   In total,… Read More


Personal Injury Risks are Prominent during Fireworks Season

Fireworks displays, a beloved 4th of July tradition, can also result in accidents and may pose significant personal injury risks.  Spectators, as well as licensed fireworks operators (also referred to as pyrotechnicians), may suffer painful burns in cases where fireworks detonate improperly.  Fireworks (pyrotechnics) are essentially controlled explosions, accentuated by the burning of different accelerants or powders. Despite a general… Read More


How are Cerebral Palsy and Brain Damage Linked?

Cerebral Palsy, also known as CP, is defined as a physical disorder mainly affecting the body’s muscle functions, speech and motor skills. The term “cerebral” refers to the part of the brain controlling motor skills and movement, known as the cerebellum. The word “palsy” refers to a “disorder of movement”.” Cerebral palsy is a disorder that can be a direct… Read More


What is an Anoxic Brain Injury?

An anoxic brain injury occurs due to a total lack of oxygen to the brain. Though many different types of brain injuries can occur, anoxic brain injuries are characterized as one of the most dangerous and difficult from which to recover. Anoxic brain damage is also referred to as anoxia. This type of brain injury is commonly associated with hypoxic… Read More


Developers of Portable TBI Test get $6M

When an external force traumatically injures the brain – like a bullet, assault, car accident or even a mild sports concussion – the hours, even the minutes are critical. Still no diagnostic blood test exists for use by physicians in the emergency room to detect the presence and severity of brain trauma. Banyan Biomarkers has raised $6 million from private… Read More


Swope, Rodante P.A. Partner Nominated for Business Woman of the Year Award

July 1, 2013 (Tampa, FL) — Swope, Rodante P.A., a civil litigation law firm which handles catastrophic injury, insurance bad faith and appellate cases, is proud to announce that Managing Partner, Angela Rodante, was recently nominated for The Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2013 Business Woman of the Year Awards. Bestowed annually, the prestigious award recognizes noteworthy business women who are… Read More


Local Attorney Receives AV Preeminent Rating

June 12, 2013 (Tampa, FL) — Swope, Rodante P.A. is incredibly proud to announce that attorney at law Stephanie Miles has received an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell in recognition of her proficiency and ethical standards. This is the highest rating an attorney can receive from the organization which has been a reliable source for over 130… Read More


Severe TBI – Coping with Family Stress

Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries Families of patients with severe traumatic brain injuries cope with a lot of stress and anxiety due to the unstable nature of the disease, probability of death, and quality of life issues. Researchers have repeatedly identified families “need to know” more about their family member’s medical condition as the number one factor contributing to stress and… Read More


SCI Survivor Hopes to Win Accessible Van

In April of 2007, Tony Dowels, a Riverview High School sophomore, was on his way home from a track meet and nodded off  behind the wheel. What happened in the hours following that changed his life forever. Tony collided with a semitrailer and was pinned underneath it for two hours. The high school track and football star had sustained a… Read More