Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Florida Rollover Car Accidents

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Rollover Car Accident Injury Claims

There are a number of ways people can end up being involved in car accidents and there are a number of different forms a car accident can take. Some tend to be much more dangerous than others and have a propensity to inflict certain injuries. Catastrophic car accidents like rollover accidents typically cause severe injuries that disable car accident victims and leave them with significant damages that can affect them for the rest of their lives. 

What is a Rollover Accident?

A rollover accident is when a vehicle is propelled onto its side with enough force that it rolls over sometimes several times in cases where immense force is involved. Rollover accidents are particularly dangerous since the rolling of a vehicle has the potential to cause severe injuries to anyone inside. The effect is similar to putting an egg inside of a rotary clothes dryer. Rollover accidents can also cause severe injury when the occupants of a vehicle are thrown outside through a window or door and crushed by the rolling vehicle. The roof of a vehicle can also collapse ontop of car occupants and injure them that way as well. 
Rollovers can happen to pretty much any motor vehicle regardless of its size under the right circumstances. Larger vehicles and those with trailers are particularly susceptible along with cars with high centers of gravity like vans and SUVs. Rollover accidents are considered to be among the most severe accidents that cause the most damage second only to direct head-on collisions. Rollover accidents can occur due to the fault of another driver or can occur without any other drivers on the road. That is not to say that single-vehicle rollover accidents are always the fault of the lone driver. In fact, most rollover car accidents involve only a single vehicle. 

Causes of Rollover Accidents

It takes deceptively little to make cars tip and roll over in the right circumstances. Vehicles such as SUVs and minivans have a very high center of gravity which makes them more susceptible to tipping over and rolling. In many cases, a car will rollover because of “tripping”. This is when a car’s tire strikes something such as a curb, debris, a bump, or soft earth which can make the forward force of a car displace in a way so that the vehicle rolls either forward or sideways depending on the angle of the tripping. Large vehicles and those with trailers can roll over and cause an accident when they turn to hard or sharply. The forward inertia of the vehicle can be too strong for the turning to handle so the vehicle flips over
There are a number of factors that can drastically increase the likelihood of a rollover accident. Any kind of issue with the road itself can create the potential for tripping. Bad weather such as intense rain can wet roads and create mud that can increase rollover chance. Unmaintained roads can have potholes or loose stones that make for dangerous debris. Rollovers can also be caused by other vehicles. Another driver can hit a vehicle at an angle from the side at high speed and cause a rollover or they can hit them into obstacles that can cause the vehicle to trip and then roll over that way. 

Common Injuries Caused by Rollover Accidents

Filing a Florida Rollover Accident Claim

Those that have suffered severe injuries because of rollover accidents will likely want to seek compensation for the damages caused by their injuries. Rollover accidents typically cause especially severe injuries so there is a good chance that Florida’s no-fault policy will not apply. If you are involved in an accident you are typically supposed to go through your own insurance for coverage and not the person at-fault’s unless your injures are severe and too much for your own coverage to handle. 
A car accident injury claim can get you a settlement that covers the damages that you have suffered because of an accident. In order for you to file a claim, you need to suffer a severe injury that was caused by the negligence of a liable party. An out of court settlement can be negotiated with that liable party and their insurance using prove of their negligence as leverage. In the event that a settlement cannot be reached a claimant may want to file a formal lawsuit that would take the matter to court in the form of a trial. Regardless of whatever action you take after a rollover accident, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced attorney first. Talking to an attorney that specializes in car accidents like rollover accidents can get you some insight as to what your options are and help you decide which next move can help you the most. 

Injured in a Car Accident? Contact a Clearwater Car Accident Lawyer at Dolman Law Group

Suffering an injury at the hands of a neglectful driver can rack up medical expenses, lost wages, and many other costs that deserve compensation. Consider Dolman Law Group as your legal representation in your pursuit of compensation with a car accident claim. Our lawyers have the experience needed to ensure that your case receives the best chance of success so that you can focus on recovery and getting your life back to normal.
If you were involved in a car accident, our lawyers at Dolman Law Group will investigate your case, and may help you obtain the compensation you need for damage done to your person and property. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Dolman Law Group attorney, please contact us at (727) 451-6900, contact us online, or visit us at one of our three office locations in Florida. We look forward to hearing from you and will vigorously advocate on your behalf for the compensation you deserve.
To schedule a free consultation to talk about your injuries, please call 727-451-6900 or submit our contact sheet
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Seeking Compensation for Damages Caused by PTSD

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Damages

Accidents are an unfortunate fact of life that affect us all to some degree or other. Many are lucky and come away with damages that are easily rectified but some are not so lucky. The National Center for Health Statistics, a department within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has stated that around 31 million people are injured across our country each year that require medical treatment. These injuries are typically physical and take the form of broken bones, head injuries, organ damage, etc. but some injuries are not so tangible. It is possible for someone to suffer psychological injury in conjunction with physical accident injuries or alone as a result of the trauma caused by an accident. Of these psychological injuries, Post-traumatic stress disorder is perhaps the worst. 

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Physical damage to our body can be touched measured and approached through straightforward physical medicine. Psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder are more elusive but nonetheless damaging. When someone undergoes an intensely traumatic experience their mind can go through a state of distress that normally can get better with time as a person learns to process the experience and overcome the negative emotions that come with it. Post-traumatic stress disorder occurs when someone is unable to properly process their traumatic experience and they suffer a number of debilitating symptoms related to the recollection of this traumatic experience. 

PTSD Symptoms

Those that develop post-traumatic stress disorder can have their lives severely disrupted by its symptoms. These symptoms may be triggered by the recollection of the event that caused their trauma and they can exist as long as a person is suffering from PTSD. The following are some of the more common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. 
  • Severe anxiety
  • Re-experiencing the trauma
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Self-blame
  • Fatigue / insomnia
  • Memory issues
  • Difficulty concentrating / confusion
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Depression
  • Reclusiveness
  • Aversion to things connected to the trauma
  • Sleep disorders

Can PTSD be Treated?

Despite PTSD being an illness that can’t be taken care of with something like surgery or medication, there is treatment. Like many other types of psychological illness, post-traumatic stress disorder can be treated with the expert assistance of a mental health professional like a psychiatrist. They can provide psychotherapy sessions to help determine the root of your inability to process your trauma and provide resources to help you on your way to recovery. They can also prescribe medication that can help to manage the symptoms of your illness to ease your recovery and help stabilize your life. 

Can I Claim Damages for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

It is possible to claim damages that have arisen because of post-traumatic stress disorder developed as a result of an accident. In many cases, PTSD is the result of a traumatic accident that inflicted severe and permanent injuries. For example, someone may be involved in a semi-truck accident and have a limb amputated. The loss of a limb and the added trauma of the experience can lead to PTSD. So in this scenario, the damages caused by the amputation can also have the added damages caused by the PTSD. It is usually easier for mental injury damages to be claimed when done in conjunction with severe physical injuries
When someone seeks compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder damages alone without having suffered any physical injuries then the process can be more difficult since there is no physical damage to anchor claimed damages due to mental trauma. In order to claim damages for PTSD, a person must be able to provide some tangible form of evidence that the damages are related to their psychological injury. The best way to do this is with the documented diagnosis of a medical professional that specializes in psychological issues like a psychiatrist. 

Damages Someone Can Claim Because of PTSD

Medical Bills: Treatment for PTSD requires the expert assistance of an accredited medical professional as well as medication which is not free let alone cheap. Recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder can take time as well which further drives up medical expenses.
Lost Wages: Someone recovering from severe cases of PTSD may need to take time from work. These lost wages can be calculated by multiplying a person’s hourly wage by the hours they could have possibly worked. 
Lowered Earning Potential: PTSD can affect a person’s ability to work in their career field. This is especially true if the trauma they experienced occurred at their job. 
Loss of Consortium: A person that develops PTSD can not only have it take a toll on their financial wellbeing but their relationships as well. Families can suffer immensely because of PTSD and end up torn apart in certain circumstances. 
Pain and Suffering: Post-traumatic stress disorder comes with severe symptoms that can drastically influence a person’s life for the worst. People can undergo immense anguish when they have to relive their trauma and undergo the recurring intense negative emotions attributed to that trauma. 

Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys to Aggressively Defend Your Claim

If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury because of the negligence of a party that can be considered liable then you may be able to seek compensation. Civil law allows those injured under circumstances that should have been avoided had a party not be negligent to file a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims seek compensation from these negligent party’s insurance coverage and in some cases directly from the liable party themselves. 
Personal injury victims have legal rights under Florida law. They are legally entitled to be compensated for all losses resulting from their injuries, including short and long-term medical costs, decreased future earning potential, and other costs that may be attributable to another party’s negligence. The Dolman Law Group has years of experience in protecting the rights of injured accident victims in and around the Clearwater area. 
Call (727) 451-6900 today or fill out a contact form online to schedule your free consultation with an experienced, aggressive personal injury attorney.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Economic vs. Non-Economic Damages

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What is the Difference Between Economic and Non-Economic Damages?

Suffering a personal injury can derail your life. Clients of Dolman Law Group will often be in the same situation where they will be going about their business and then suffer a severe injury seemingly out of nowhere. Accidents that cause severe injuries tend to occur exactly when they are the most inconvenient in a person’s life. It is because of this that many people end up sustaining severe damages that impact their finances, health, mental state, and general quality of life. This happens with all kinds of accidents ranging from slip and fall accidents to high-speed collisions with semi-trucks. Regardless of the accident and injury, it is important to be knowledgable about the kinds of damages that you can suffer. Namely, the difference between economic and non-economic damages. 

Filing a Florida Personal Injury Claim

Suffering injuries as a result of an accident is a reality that we all have to face at some point or another. When suffering because of severe injuries due to an accident that was no fault of your own, you may consider trying to hold those actually responsible accountable for their negligent actions. This can be accomplished by filing a personal injury claim. This is a form of civil action that seeks compensation from a liable party that caused your injuries. In order to resolve this legal dispute, both parties will attempt to negotiate a settlement that will appease those involved and help avoid a lawsuit and the lengthy process of resolving the dispute in a trial. 

Florida Personal Injury Lawsuits

Sometimes a settlement cannot be reached and a lawsuit will be filed. A lawsuit will involve a last-ditch attempt to mediate the dispute and if that is not successful then there will be a trial. In a trial, the matter of compensation being owed or not will be determined by a jury that will hear both sides make their case. Unlike in criminal law, the burden of proof in civil cases such as these is much lower but results can still be unpredictable which is why both parties typically want to try and reach an agreement via a settlement. That, and lawsuits can take more resources and significantly more time to reach a conclusion. 

Damages in a Personal Injury Case

One of the key components in a personal injury case is the damages that a person has suffered because of their injury. In order to successfully seek compensation, a claimant must be able to not only know what damages they can claim but they should also be able to quantify these damages as well. Before going to the negotiating table, a claimant needs to have exactly what damages they have suffered, the specific value of these damages, as well as the justification for these values clearly outlined. Some people make the mistake of claiming only the most obvious of damages such as medical bills or lost wages from time off work and miss out on potential compensation for a number of other damages. In other cases, claimants may know which damages to claim but fail to appropriately calculate them leading to further dispute in negotiations over settlement value. 
This is why it is imperative that a claimant seek out the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney. A good personal injury attorney will know what kinds of damages you may be able to claim in a personal injury claim and they will have the resources to properly calculate how much money you deserve in a personal injury settlement. 

Economic Damages

The most obvious damages that a person will suffer because of a personal injury are the economic damages. These damages are directly quantifiable financial losses with an exact dollar amount. The most common of these kinds of damages are medical expenses, lost wages, and lost earning potential. These damages are usually easier to calculate. For example, medical expenses can easily be calculated by adding up the bills sent by healthcare providers. Lost wages only require the multiplication of a claimant’s hourly wage by the amount of hours they could have otherwise worked had they not been injured. 

Non-Economic Damages

In addition to economic damages are non-economic damages which are a bit more difficult to calculate. Non-economic damages are typically intangible yet they are just as important in a claim as your usual economic damages. Many people that have suffered a personal injury may not realize that they can actually consider certain effects on their life that an injury causes, a damage that can be a part of their settlement. 
Pain and suffering is a common non-economic damage in many personal injury claims that is based on the amount of anguish an injury causes someone to undergo physically and mentally.  This can vary significantly from case to case as injuries, a person’s pre-injury health, and other circumstances all can have an effect on this type of damage. There is no way to turn a person’s pain into a dollar amount so other methods are utilized such as the multiplier and per diem method. Other non-economic damages that can be claimed can include loss of companionship/consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, inconvenience, and mental anguish

Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys to Aggressively Defend Your Claim

If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury because of the negligence of a party that can be considered liable then you may be able to seek compensation. Civil law allows those injured under circumstances that should have been avoided had a party not be negligent to file a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims seek compensation from these negligent party’s insurance coverage and in some cases directly from the liable party themselves. 
Personal injury victims have legal rights under Florida law. They are legally entitled to be compensated for all losses resulting from their injuries, including short and long-term medical costs, decreased future earning potential, and other costs that may be attributable to another party’s negligence. The Dolman Law Group has years of experience in protecting the rights of injured accident victims in and around the Clearwater area. 
Call (727) 451-6900 today or fill out a contact form to schedule your free consultation with an experienced, aggressive personal injury attorney.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 451-6900

Monday, April 13, 2020

Florida Semi-Truck Speeding Accidents

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Deadly Semi-Truck Accidents Caused by Speeding

When someone is involved in a semi-truck accident, odds are that they will experience an extreme amount of trauma and damage both to their vehicle as well as their person. It is in the nature of these truck accidents to cause this level of damage to the immense size of these vehicles as well as their immense weight which can reach up to 80,000 pounds. An additional factor of semi-truck accidents that contributes to their lethality and destructiveness is the speed at which the truck is going. Unfortunately, there is a large correlation between high semi-truck speed and the chance of an accident occurring making for some very dangerous situations on the road. 

How Does Speeding Increase Semi-Truck Accident Chance?

It is no secret that semi-trucks are very large and very heavy vehicles. As a result, this makes them particularly difficult to drive safely. Semi-truck drivers require a great deal of training in order to receive the proper certifications needed to drive a semi-truck safely. Even with all of this safety training, many semi-truck drivers end up causing accidents because they were speeding. The weight of a semi-truck becomes a very dangerous factor when the vehicle is moving at high-speed. Semi-trucks are already difficult to handle at regular speeds when it comes to turning and braking but the addition of more speed only worsens these situations. 

Semi-Truck Speeding and Braking

For example, when a semi-truck brakes, it is a much longer process than the usually stepping on the brake pedal drivers of smaller cars do. Since a semi-truck is hauling much more weight, there is also much more momentum meaning the inertia of all that moving weight can propel the truck forward even when a semi-truck is braking. So when a truck driver speeds, they are increasing the amount of time and distance that it takes for a semi-truck to brake effectively. This can make emergency braking all but impossible leading to things like rear-end accidents.

Semi-Truck Turning

Another maneuver dangerously affected by semi-truck speeding is turning. To the layman, turning must seem as simple as just turning the wheel in the direction you want to go but semi-truck drivers have to worry about how their trailers will affect this maneuver. If a semi-truck is going too fast the weight in the trailer can cause it to tip dangerously because of the runaway momentum that wants to keep moving forward while the cab turns to the side. This is a common way for jackknife accidents to occur where the trailer ends up wrapping around the side of a semi-truck in a closing jackknife fashion hence the name. The high speed can also greatly diminish turn radius which is already a problem for semi-trucks thanks to their trailers which can span several car lengths. Speeding on turns greatly increases the chances of the truck rolling over

Why Do Semi-Truck Drivers Speed?

There is no single reason why semi-truck drivers end up speeding despite knowledge of its dangers. In many cases, it is due to a truck driver needing to make it to a destination by a certain deadline which puts a great deal of stress and pressure on them. A truck driver’s pay is on the line and when money is at risk, people are willing to take drastic measures such as speeding dangerously. 

Semi-Truck Drivers Under the Influence

Sometimes drivers will end up speeding because they are under the influence of certain substances that can impair their driving abilities. Drunk truck drivers are not uncommon and drug use is also something that many truck drivers will indulge in. Driving under the influence of alcohol impairs a driver’s perception, motor skills, reflexes, as well as their judgment which can all lead to speeding and likely causing a dangerous truck accident. Drugs like amphetamine can also have an effect that causes semi-truck drivers to speed up and increase truck accident risk. 

Faster Semi-Trucks Cause Worse Accidents

When a semi-truck is speeding down a road and ends up causing an accident the damage is usually catastrophic. Truck accidents regardless of speed are typically more destructive than accidents only involving smaller vehicles. However, when semi-truck accidents are involved in an accident because they were speeding, they add additional force to the collision. The physics of additional speed meaning increased impact force is simple enough but when you take into account just how heavy a commercial tractor-trailer is then the damage is all the more apparent. Semi-trucks weigh over three times as much as some cars and can easily flatten other vehicles on the road with ease under the right circumstances. High-speed semi-truck accidents also come with an increased risk of fatality due to the immense trauma other drivers and passengers can experience in a collision.

Common Semi-Truck Accident Injuries

Contact a Clearwater Truck Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Truck accidents can cause devastating injuries that are often much more severe than the injuries caused by passenger vehicles. Victims are left with large medical bills and frequently cannot return to their jobs. As a result, victims and their families live under constant stress, which reduces their quality of life and can sometimes tear families apart.
Fortunately, help is available. If the truck driver was responsible for the collision, then you can hold him and his employer legally accountable for your injuries by filing a truck accident injury claim or lawsuit. By bringing a lawsuit for negligence, you can receive financial compensation for your economic and non-economic losses, which will take a huge load off of your shoulders.
At Dolman Law Group, our lawyers have handled dozens of truck accidents and understand how to construct a case from the ground up. We are ready to fight to obtain full compensation for your injuries, and all you need to do is reach out. Our firm offers a free consultation and case evaluation to potential clients. Call 727-451-6900 or fill out our contact form online.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

Monday, April 6, 2020

Boat Rentals and Florida Boat Accident Injury Claims

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How Boat Rentals Affect Boating Accident Lawsuits

Over half of Florida’s income comes from tourists that come from all over the world. The majority of these tourists come to Florida specifically to enjoy its sandy beaches and warm waters. One of the forms of recreation that many visitors, as well as many native to Florida, enjoy is boating. However, many of these people do not actually own boats of their own. So many go to boat rental businesses to rent a watercraft to enjoy. Unfortunately, this form of water recreation comes with its fair share of risks that can end up resulting in a serious boating accident

Boat Rentals and Lack of Experience Can Lead to Accidents

In Florida, the requirements for renting a boat can be surprisingly lax.  Florida law requires anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1988 to successfully complete an approved boating safety course and obtain a Boating Safety Education Identification Card issued by the FWC. So if you are born after 1988, you will have to go through a proper amount of training to develop the necessary boating skills to help prevent accidents. But if you were born before 1988 then you don’t have to fulfill these requirements which can potentially lead to some problems. 

Inexperienced Boat Renters are an Accident Risk

One of the top contributing factors towards many boating accidents in Florida is inexperienced boaters that make dangerous mistakes. Piloting a watercraft is not something that can simply be picked up and is not at all comparable to the use of a land motor vehicle. So when someone rents a boat with little to no experience handling watercraft, they put themselves and others in Florida’s waters in danger. Inexperienced boaters often fail to observe safety rules regarding proper speed and how to maneuver a watercraft in certain zones and near other boats. Coincidentally, excessive speed is also a top cause of many boating accidents. 
The top cause of boating accidents is also related to voter inexperience. Most boat accidents are actually caused by boaters not paying attention and improper lookout. This is somewhat similar to how many car accidents are caused by driver distraction. Also similar to car accident causes is boating under the influence. Much like driving under the influence this behavior significantly increases the risk of an accident occurring because it impairs a vehicle operator’s abilities. Many boaters, especially inexperienced ones, don’t equate drinking and boating with drinking and driving which is wrong and dangerous. Boating under the influence is still a massive risk and can be punished accordingly since it is also illegal. 

Who is Liable if a Boat Involved in an Accident is a Rental?

Boat rentals can complicate liability when someone attempts to file a boat accident injury claim or lawsuit after being involved in an accident. There are actually several parties that can be considered at liable for a boat accident when a rented boat is involved. 
Naturally, the operator of the boat is one of the most obvious parties when it comes to liability. It is a boat operator’s responsibility to ensure that they take reasonable care when operating their watercraft. This means ensuring that they obey the safety rules put in place to keep boaters safe. Many boat renters may be able to get their hands on a boat despite not having much experience but that does not mean that they cannot be held responsible for failing to observe basic safety rules and act negligently. Passengers can also be considered liable for boat accident injuries if they act in a way that causes the boat to crash. Boat operators can also be found negligent if they allow someone unqualified to operate the boat. 

Boat Rental Business Liability

There is also the business that rented the boat out in the first place. Boat rental companies can be held liable if it can be proven that they acted negligently and helped contribute to a boat accident occurring. This negligence will typically take the form of the boat rental business failing to check if the person they are renting the boat to has the proper qualifications to rent and operate one of their boats. They can also be found liable if they negligently fail to perform proper maintenance on their boats which can lead to dangerous mechanical failures that can cause boating accidents.

Common Causes of Florida Boating Accidents

  • Collision with another boat
  • Lack of proper safety equipment
  • Hitting a wave
  • Hitting another boat’s wake
  • Colliding with a rock, another object, or the land

Common Boating Accident Injuries

Consider Speaking to an Experienced Florida Boat Accident Attorney

Boating accidents tend to have another layer of complexity when it comes to seeking compensation. While they are, in a way, similar to car accidents in that they involve vehicle collisions that cause severe injuries, that is where the similarities end. You need to enlist the assistance of an attorney that specializes in boat accident claims. This is not only because boating accidents have a number of different factors unique to these kinds of cases but also because boat accident lawsuits will involve maritime law which has its own set of rules and procedures. Your attorney will also need to be qualified to practice in federal court versus state court since many boating accidents will fall under this jurisdiction.  

Clearwater Boat Accident Injury Attorneys

If you or a loved one are injured in a boating accident, it is vital that you get immediate medical attention. Even if you feel fine, your injuries may be more serious than you realize. In particular, head injuries may not immediately show symptoms; however, serious complications can arise as time progresses.
If the injuries you or a loved one acquired in a boating accident are a result of another boater’s negligence, you should seek legal counsel immediately. Contact us at (727) 451-6900 or online to learn how our experienced attorneys have been able to help victims of boating accidents, and what compensation you may be entitled to under the law.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

Friday, January 31, 2020

Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

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Reasons to Seek an Experienced Lawyer

In the aftermath of an accident, there is a good chance that the injuries and damage that you have suffered will result in dire consequences for your finances as well as your life in general. Accidents have a way of occurring at the worst possible time regardless of the type whether its a car accident or a slip and fall. You don’t always have to suffer in silence though. In instances where the accident was caused by a liable party’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries with a personal injury claim. However, when undergoing this process of seeking restitution for the damages that you suffered you should enlist the assistance of a legal professional such as a lawyer. 

Seeking the Assistance of an Experienced Attorney

A personal injury claim is something to undertake with the utmost seriousness since it is usually your livelihood on the line. You owe it to yourself to give your claim the best chance possible at securing you the compensation that you need after suffering an accident injury. There are many people that do not do this and believe that they can take on their personal injury claim on their own. You are not required to have an attorney when you are handling a personal injury claim or lawsuit but doing this is as good of an idea as representing yourself in court.  The saying “The man is his own lawyer has a fool for a client” exists for a reason. 
It has been shown time and time again that having an attorney assist with a personal injury claim will drastically increase the value of a settlement that can be reached. This is even taking into account the lawyer’s fee subtracted from the settlement that was attained. Handling a claim comes with a number of complexities that can make dealing with the insurance company all the more difficult. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to handling a personal injury claim and the lawyers of Dolman Law Group can provide you with the valuable legal insight accumulated from years of successful personal injury representation. To schedule a free consultation with Dolman Law group about your personal injury claim you can either call our Clearwater office at 727-451-6900 or fill out a contact form online

Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Claimants

One of the most important reasons why you should have an experienced attorney assisting you with your personal injury claim is because the insurance company you will be dealing with has a number of tricks they try to use on people that are handling their claim on their own. Insurance companies know that people handling their claim on their own will likely have zero experience or training when it comes to the personal injury claim process and all the nuance that comes with it. 
When they see someone they feel they can take advantage of they will do anything they can to devalue the claim or even deny it. Insurance companies are not your friends and work towards a bottom line of paying out as little as possible and keeping money in their pockets to please their stockholders. To do this an insurance adjuster may ask you to record a statement that they can end up using against you later by taking your words out of context. They may also try to do the same with loaded questions they may ask you that can trick you into admitting fault. 

Attorneys Have Resources You Will Need

A good personal injury attorney will have established a number of connections with various professionals that can assist with a case. Many personal injury claims will require investigation of the accident. In order to effectively establish leverage at the negotiating table, a claimant needs to have proof of the liable party’s negligence and how it caused the accident that injured them. Investigating things like car accidents can benefit from the assistance of an accident reconstruction expert that can create a model of the accident based on the available data known about the accident. 

Expert Witness and Your Personal Injury Claim

Attorneys may also have connections with medical professionals that can testify regarding your injuries. Sometimes the insurance company may not find that your injuries are credible for a number of reasons. They can try to use this as a basis to deny your claim. A medical professional with relevant knowledge can help prevent this. They can also help by testifying as to what the expected standard of care would be and how a medical professional that may be guilty of medical malpractice may have violated it. 

A Personal Injury Attorney Works for a Contingency Fee

Many people are unaware that personal injury attorneys typically work on a contingency fee basis. This means that the attorney takes out their fee from the settlement amount that they get you. This ensures that they work their best since their pay is on the line. Also, they only get paid if they get you a settlement. If they fail then you owe them nothing. Contingency fees vary depending on the case but they are typically around 33%. 

Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys to Aggressively Defend Your Claim

If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury because of the negligence of a party that can be considered liable then you may be able to seek compensation. Civil law allows those injured under circumstances that should have been avoided had a party not be negligent to file a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims seek compensation from these negligent party’s insurance coverage and in some cases directly from the liable party themselves. 
Personal injury victims have legal rights under Florida law. They are legally entitled to be compensated for all losses resulting from their injuries, including short and long-term medical costs, decreased future earning potential, and other costs that may be attributable to another party’s negligence. The Dolman Law Group has years of experience in protecting the rights of injured accident victims in and around the Clearwater area. 
Call (727) 451-6900 today or fill out a contact form to schedule your free consultation with an experienced, aggressive personal injury attorney.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765