Dolman Law Group is an award winning Clearwater car accident and personal injury law firm. Matthew Dolman has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by his colleagues. Mr. Dolman has been nominated as a top 100 trial attorney and top 40 under 40 by National Trial Lawyers. He is a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocacy Forum.
field constantly has new developments to make procedures safer and more
cost-effective for patients, as well as to reduce recovery time. One
development in recent years has been the use of robotics to perform certain
types of surgery. Perhaps the most well-known type of surgical robot is the da
Vinci Surgical System manufactured and sold by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. While
the da Vinci robot has many benefits for patients, there have been numerous
reported incidents of unnecessary injuries and complications caused by a
defective robot. In such cases, the negligent manufacturer should be held
responsible for all losses suffered by the patient as a result of the defective
product and victims can often recover by filing a products liability claim.
of robotic surgery
Vinci robot was designed intending to improve upon general laparoscopy by
allowing a surgeon to control the movements of robotic arms from a more
ergonomically comfortable seated position a few feet away from the patient.
Additionally, robotic arms can be more accurate and have greater dexterity than
human hands, which means that insertions can be more precise with less pain,
less bleeding, and less overall recovery time. This allows patients to shorten
hospital stays and return to usual activities and work sooner. Robotic surgical systems are used most often in procedures
such as hysterectomies, prostatectomy, hernia surgeries, cystectomy, urological
procedures, gastrointestinal surgery, and more.
patients have successful robotic surgeries, the United
States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received numerous reports that a robot has
malfunctioned and caused additional and unnecessary injuries to patients. Such
injuries suffered include the following:
and tears in surrounding organs
bleeding and hematomas
surgeries to fix robotic errors
or sepsis after surgery
cases, a heavy robotic arm has malfunctioned and struck patients in the face,
as well as clamped onto a body part and would not release it until the entire
system was rebooted. Many of the injuries resulting from robotic surgeries
require substantial additional medical treatment, extended stays in hospitals,
and more. Many injured victims are left with permanent disabilities and are
unable to return to work or their normal daily activities. They also can
experience severe physical pain and suffering and emotional trauma as a result
of their injury.
who choose robotic surgery may not be fully aware of the risks of injury involved
with da Vinci and similar robots. If a patient suffers serious injuries due to
a defective surgical robot, the manufacturer of that robot should be held
liable for any losses the patient suffered as a result, including medical
expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, lost income from missed work, pain, and much more. Cases against large medical
manufacturers can be extremely complex and intimidating. For this reason, it is
always important to have the assistance of an experienced lawyer who
understands how to handle this type of case.
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doctor recommends robotic surgery or another type of medical procedure, you
should be able to trust that the procedure will be successful and that you will
be safe from harm. If you have suffered unnecessary injury due to mistakes that
occurred during robotic surgery, the experienced product liability attorneys at the Dolman Law
Group in Clearwater, Florida can help you. Please call our office at
727-451-6900 for a free consultation to discuss a potential legal claim in your
case. Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 451-6900
think of the risk of injury while flying, they most often think about deadly
airplane crashes. Airline crashes are relatively rare, however as only 716 people died1 worldwide in 2014 from airplane
crashes, while 32,719 people died2 in motor vehicle crashes, according
to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These statistics
puts in perspective that flying may, in fact, be the safest form of
transportation as far as fatalities are concerned. However, this does not mean
that airline passengers do not suffer injuries, as an estimated 4,500 people
suffer injuries during flight travel on an annual basis. If an injury is caused
by another party's negligence, victims have the legal right to recover for
their losses from the responsible party.
that may be responsible for flight travel injuries
many different parties that may act negligently and may be held liable for
resulting injuries. Such parties may include:
attendants – Flight
attendants have many different responsibilities meant to keep passengers safe
while they are in-flight. For example, they must adequately secure all overhead
compartments in order to ensure that a compartment does no open mid-flight and
cause luggage to fall onto the heads of passengers. Additionally, they must
keep aisles clear to avoid trip and fall accidents, and must assist passengers
as much as possible in the event of an emergency.
– While pilots
cannot control turbulence or other weather conditions that may make for a bumpy
plane ride, they should always be paying attention to upcoming conditions to
properly warn passengers to remain seated and of possible hazards. If a pilot
is distracted and fails to notify passengers of the need to fasten their safety
belts and a passenger suffers injury as a result, that pilot may be held liable.
Additionally, working while impaired or fatigued can lead to negligence that
can cause injuries, as well.
Aviation Administration (FAA) – The
FAA3 employs air traffic controllers
that have the huge responsibility of directing airplane traffic in order to
avoid collisions. If an air traffic controller is distracted, fatigued,
impaired, or otherwise fails to correctly do his job, he may be held liable for
any injuries that result.
manufacturer – There
are many different parts on a plane that have the potential to malfunction and
cause injury. If a manufacturer negligently designed or assembled a defective
airplane part, that company should be responsible for any losses related to the
– Like any other
type of property, airports have the potential to have dangerous conditions or
hazards and cause injuries. Premises liability and inadequate security claims
are the most common in airports.
As you can
see, many different parties may be responsible for your airport or in-flight
injuries. These cases often require investigation and preparation, so you
always want to ensure you have the assistance of an experienced Tampa
area in-flight injury attorney.
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If you have
suffered injuries on a flight or in an airport and believe that an employee of
the airline or another party acted negligently to cause your injury, call an
experienced attorney as soon as possible. At the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater,
Florida, a member of our highly skilled legal team will listen to your side of
the story and evaluate whether you have a valid legal claim against any party
for your in-flight injuries. We know how to handle personal injury claims
against large corporations, such as airports and airlines, and we will work to
make sure you receive the full settlement amount that you deserve for your
injuries. Call us today at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 451-6900
Slip and fall accidents1 can happen in an instant, usually
when you least expect it. Imagine that one minute you are grocery shopping as
usual and the next you are on the ground in serious pain. Many slip and fall
victims may not even realize immediately why they fell or may not notice that
there was a dangerous condition on the premises that caused them to fall. By
failing to take inventory of your surroundings and take other steps after a
slip and fall, you may lose your chance to recover for your losses from the
responsible property owner. If you slip and fall at a business, store, or
another type of property, there are certain important steps you can take to
increase your chances or receiving the compensation you deserve for any
injuries you suffered.
pictures of the premises
people simply slip and fall for no particular reason other than simple
clumsiness. In many cases, however, slips, trips, and falls occur because a
property owner negligently allowed a dangerous condition to exist on the
property without properly fixing the condition or warning visitors. If you
fall, you should always closely observe the surrounding area to look for
hazards, including the following:
or slippery flooring
that have not been cleaned up
or debris left in the middle of walkways
or overly work flooring
left unsecured to the walls
only a few of the possible conditions that could cause your fall. Take pictures
with your phone of the surrounding area if you notice a dangerous condition.
These pictures can serve as later proof of the condition.
injuries from many slip and falls can be relatively minor, some victims suffer
serious injuries, including traumatic
brain injury (TBI),2
neck and back injuries, broken bones, and more. You may not realize the full
nature of the injury you suffered (such as a TBI) right away, so you always
want to seek the opinion of a medical professional immediately to ensure that
all of your injuries are properly treated.
admit any liability
slip and fall, you should talk to a store manager and fill out a report or take
other steps to document the incident. However, you should not admit any fault
in the slip and fall during such conversations. Even if you simply say, “I
cannot believe how clumsy I am,” a manager or property owner can later use that
statement against you to avoid liability and claim that the accident was simply
your own fault. Insurance companies for the property owner will also work to
avoid liability, so it is always wise to have a personal injury attorney communicate
with other parties and insurance companies on your behalf to increase your
chances of recovery.
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If you have
fallen on someone else's property due to a dangerous hazard or condition, you
should not delay in contacting as experienced premises
liability attorney in Clearwater, Florida. An attorney will be able
to start investigating the circumstances surrounding your fall and can advise
you on whether you have the legal right to recover. Business or property owners
will generally work hard to avoid liability, so you always want to make sure
you have a lawyer who thoroughly understands how to handle a premises liability
case. If you have suffered injury, please contact the highly skilled team at
the Dolman Law Group at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation today.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 451-6900
people think of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they think of veterans
returning from war zones or of victims of violent crimes. However, you may not
realize that PTSD may result from any type of sudden traumatic event. For many
people, being involved in a serious motor vehicle accident can trigger PTSD,
which can continue for months or even years and cause many complications for an
auto accident in Clearwater was caused by the negligence of another driver or party,
you deserve to recover for all losses you suffered as a result. This includes
recovery for your physical injuries and emotional trauma, which includes PTSD
treatment. If you have been in a motor vehicle accident and you believe you may
be suffering from PTSD, your first step should always be to seek proper medical
attention and treatment. Next, you should always call an experienced personal
injury attorney to find out how you may recover for your losses.
to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)1 published by the American
Psychiatric Association, you can be diagnosed with PTSD if you have been
exposed to an event that resulted in actual or threatened injuries, death, or
violence and suffer some or all of the following symptoms:
and recurring intrusive memories of the event.
flashbacks that may result in a “blackout” period of lost consciousness.
or intense psychological and/or physiological distress after reminders of the
avoidance of any traumatic reminders, which may even lead to refusal to leave
loss of the traumatic event.
marked loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, alienation from
others, self-blame or self-harm, and other emotional responses.
following a motor vehicle accident
vehicle accidents occur suddenly, generally with little or no warning, and can
be very violent experiences. Many motor vehicles involved in accidents can lose
control, roll over multiple times, cause chain reaction crashes, and more. This
experience can be highly disorienting and traumatic for accident victims,
especially younger children who do not understand the risks of motor vehicle
Studies have shown2 that nearly 10 percent of
individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents develop PTSD symptoms as a
result of their experience. Some symptoms specifically related to PTSD induced
by motor vehicle accidents include fear or driving, fear of riding as a
passenger in any type of motor vehicle, and related anxiety disorders. As you
can imagine, having an intense fear of traveling in motor vehicles can have a
substantially limiting effect on a victim's life. In some instances, victims
who refuse to ride in a motor vehicle are unable to get to work or school,
medical appointments, and other important obligations. Others require extensive
counseling, therapy, and/or medication in order to tolerate motor vehicle
factors can put an individual at risk of PTSD following a motor vehicle accident,
including the following:
having limited or poor coping abilities prior to the accident.
existing mental health problems prior to the accident.
severe physical injury in the accident.
a significant other or another loved one in the accident.
physical recovery from your accident-related injuries.
physical limitations due to your injuries.
with reengaging in school or work following the accident due to your injuries.
If you have
suffered physical or emotional injuries in a motor vehicle accident that was
someone else's fault, you have the legal right to hold the responsible party
liable for your losses. Call the Dolman Law Group in Florida to discuss a
possible case at 727-451-6900 today.
During the holiday season, car travel is essential for
many families who want to spend time with loved ones, or just take time off for
a family vacation. While traffic delays, bad weather, or mechanical breakdowns
can make driving dangerous, finding a way to entertain young children in the
car is the biggest concern for many parents. While bored children and their
pleas of “are we there yet?” can be annoying, bored and disruptive children can
prove to be a bigger driving hazard, as they can lead to distracted driving and
an inability to focus on the road, leading to accidents. Luckily, there are
many ways to keep your children entertained, and to increase the happiness and
safety of for everyone on your car trip.
CHILDREN WITH ACTIVITES DURING ROAD TRIPS TO AVOID DISTRACTIONS
The problem of bored and distracting children should be
considered before leaving home. The age and patience of your children should be
evaluated, to make sure you have enough things to amuse them for however long
is needed. Popular sources of entertainment include laptops or other
movie-playing devices, so you can bring along your child’s favorite movies.
Books or magazines can also be used to combat boredom, but if your child has
been carsick in the past, these should probably be avoided, since the
combination of words and car movement may cause nausea. If silent reading isn’t
an option, audiobooks or reading aloud is a good alternative, especially if you
can find a book that the whole family will enjoy. If you have older children as
well as younger ones, suggest that the older children read aloud to the younger
ones. Similarly, music is a fun way to provide entertainment, and another way
to engage everyone through singing or allowing children to pick favorite songs.
Another method is to buy some small toys, and give your child a new item at
certain intervals if they go without complaining or being troublesome. This
way, they will be rewarded for good behavior, have something to look forward
to, and have something new to keep them occupied. Examples of fun and easy car toys include
figurines, magnetic playsets, paper dolls, coloring books, or modeling clay. A collapsible travel desk or tray gives them
something to play on and keep small toys contained. Frequent stops are also a
good idea, particularly if you can find rest stops with playgrounds or parks,
so the children can play outside and release some energy.
When driving with the potential distraction of children, it’s
important to be extremely aware of other hazards. Since they will be extra
distraction from the back seat, minor accidents could turn into more severe
ones, due to the lack of focus or agitated driving. Be aware of traffic delays
or other accidents on the road that could affect you. Keep on an eye on the
forecast to make sure you are prepared for any rain, snow, ice, or other
weather events that could make the roads dangerous or extend the amount of time
you spend on the road. If you are focused, aware, and prepared, distractions
might not have as big of an impact.
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During the holidays, and throughout the year, it is
important be mindful of any distractions that may arise while driving. Bored
children can be easily dealt with through preparation and patience, and if you
make an effort to entertain your child during long car rides, you can keep them
happy, save your sanity, and keep your entire family safe from distractions to
ensure that you have a pleasant trip.
If you are involved in a car accident and suspect that
distracted driving may have contributed, please contact the Dolman Law Group at
727-451-6900. Our experienced legal team will work with investigators who
consider all factors to make sure that you receive just compensation for your
injuries. Our firm has the knowledge and
resources to thoroughly represent your interest up to and including a civil
trial. We are available to meet with
prospective clients to discuss their rights and options. There is never a fee to consult about your
With the start of a new year, change is inevitable.
On Tuesday, December 30th, 2014, Gov. Rick Scott signed a handful of
bills that were set to make changes to Florida law at the start of the New
Year. Aside from the surprising increase in minimum wage and the sizeable rate cut for worker’s compensation insurance, Florida law has undergone a few intriguing revisions
that have been discussed, delayed, and denied for many years. These are the
laws pertaining to child restraint devices within motor vehicles. The changes took
place on the first day of the year, January 1st, 2015. The
effectiveness of said changes has been questioned by both the general public
and child safety advocates alike, but the change as a whole seems to have gone
Child Safety Seats in Florida
Before these amendments took place (i.e. before
January 1st), Florida was one of the few states that had yet to
polish their outdated child restraint laws for the new era of child safety
seats. The previous law called for any child aged 3 years or younger to be
securely fastened in some form of restraint device. Height was hardly a factor
in the law, if it was any at all. Change-hungry speculators have been regarding
to this meatless Florida law for years as the cause of the annually growing amount
of hospitalized children each year after motor vehicle crashes. According to the NHTSA, these crashes are “the leading cause of death for American kids between 5 and
Most notably in the new child safety seat law
changes is the age in which any child must be strapped in. The previous age
requirement of 3 years or younger has been slightly raised. Now, any child that
is 5 years or younger must be securely fastened in a car or booster seat. (What is the correct child restraint device for my child?)
The law change, though seemingly minor, was a huge victory for the countless groups
and organizations that continue to dedicate their time to securing the safety
of the public. One group who played in a major role in the change is the AAA
Motor Group, who says they’ve been pushing for the change for over 14 years,
and though pleased with the results of their strenuous battle, they want more.
The group continues to stress the impact of height and the role it plays in
child safety; Florida has yet to incorporate height adaptations into the law.
We should all be appreciative of the groups
that continue to fight for our rights, even out of the spotlight. We should
also be thankful for the laws that have been set to protect us, even those few
that are in need of revision. Sadly, not all auto accidents can be avoided, and not
everyone is rejoicing over this small victory. Each and every day of this New
Year, an unsuspecting victim will be injured due to someone else’s negligence
or lack of care. No set amount of law changes could prevent the ever-varying
factor of human error, but there is help.
Here at Dolman Law Group, we strive to assist
our clients in securing the compensation they deserve after they’ve suffered
losses due to the negligent acts of another party. In these rough times, all you
need is a hand, and if the well-being of yourself or a loved one is at stake,
the stress may seem incurable. If you’d like to speak with an experienced
personal injury attorney in Clearwater, we offer a free consultation and case
evaluation, so call us today at 727-451-6900.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33765 (727) 451-6900