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.
parents send their children to school every day in Florida and across the
United States, trusting that their child will return home safely and free from
injury. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as schools have many risks
of possible personal injury. The following are some of the most common injuries
that may occur in an educational setting:
Falls – Like any
other property, schools have the legal duty to keep the premises
reasonably safe for visitors. This entails regular inspection of the
property, repairs or maintenance if needed to avoid any dangerous hazards, and
warning students if a dangerous hazard may exist—such as a wet floor. If a
student slips, trips, or falls because debris in the hall, slippery floors,
overly worn floors, dangerous stairs, or other conditions, the school should be
held responsible for their injuries.
injuries – With
tall slides, swings, monkey bars, and more, playgrounds have an inherent risk
of injury. While some children can get hurt on a playground simply because of a
true accident, others may be injured due to a dangerous condition of a
playground. Playgrounds must be maintained, must have certain surfaces to
protect children if they fall, must be free of defective equipment, and must
meet state safety standards.1 If a school's
playground equipment caused the injury, you may have a legal claim.
security or supervision – School
personnel also have a duty to properly supervise your child and to ensure that
children are safe from outside harm within the building. If a school does not
have adequate security in place and a person enters the school to cause your
child harm, the school has been negligent. Similarly, if a teacher or staff
member fails to properly supervise the children and your child gets hurt by
another student, the school should be found negligent for not adequately
supervising the students. You can bring a legal claim for any type of assault,
sexual assault, or similar harm that may happen to your child due to inadequate
poisoning – School cafeterias2 are held to strict food safety
standards, just like any other type of restaurant or food service facility.
When a cafeteria fails to keep food at the correct temperature, fails to properly
sanitize cooking equipment or surfaces, or engages in other negligent actions
or omissions, the children eating the cafeteria food run the risk of
contracting serious illnesses related to the food. Proving food poisoning can
be challenging in some cases, but it is is possible and, if you child became
very ill, the school should be held liable.
bus – When children
ride the school bus to or from school, the drivers and supervisors have the
same duties they would as if they were inside the school. Additionally, the bus
driver has a duty to drive in a manner that keep the children safe. Negligent
acts such as distracted driving, speeding, driving while impaired, or
violations of other traffic-related laws can all lead to accidents and injuries
to school bus passengers. Students also commonly suffer injury on buses due to
slip and fall accidents in the aisles or on the stairs or because of an assault
by another student that occurred due to inadequate security.
with school-related injuries
child suffers injury during school hours, it may seem clear to you that the
school should be held accountable for its negligence. However, cases involving
certain types of schools are sometimes quite complicated. For example, public
schools are often considered to be agencies of the local government, which is
protected from many types of lawsuits by a legal concept called sovereign immunity.3 This is not always a complete bar to
recovery from schools, however, and an experienced attorney will be able to
evaluate your situations and present options for your relief.
experienced Clearwater personal injury lawyer can help you
child has suffered injury at school, you should not hesitate to discuss your
case with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At the
Dolman Law Group, our attorneys understand how to handle a wide range of
personal injury cases, so please call our Clearwater, Florida office at 727-451-6900
for help today.
Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 451-6900
Fraud is a
very broad term. When you hear about someone “defrauding the Federal government”,
you might imagine a complex mafia-like operation going on behind secure doors.
With the way Hollywood movies portray everything, it can be hard to envision
fraud in a realistic way. It’s not uncommon for people to go their whole lives
completely unaware that even the largest, most successful companies partake in
illegal or fraudulent activities on a regular basis. On top of that, their acts
of fraud can even be a large reason for that company’s success. However, if and
when they get caught, or when a “whistleblower” speaks out and gives the
government insider information, the harsh consequences are usually justified.
Governmental fraud is an epidemic and the cause of lots of lost taxpayer money.
However, because fraud is not easily detectable, it often goes unnoticed. We
taxpayers rely on brave whistleblowers to present and prevent fraud. To get an
idea of how much of an impact it has had on our nation, take note that our
Federal government has recovered over $40 billion since 1987 through a
countless number of False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuits.
Despite how it may appear in the media,
it’s important to know that this organized deception doesn’t always deal with
identity theft, stolen credit cards, and tax evasion. The same word—fraud—is used for all levels of
fraudulent activities, from trivial to momentous ones—with differing civil and
criminal specifications. In its most simple form regarding tort or civil law,
fraud can be described as “the intentional misrepresentation or concealment of
an important fact upon which the victim is meant to rely, and in fact does
rely, to the harm of the victim.” In other words, an entity or
organization cannot intentionally lie about something that another entity or
organization must and will rely on. If an innocent consumer uses a product or
service with the implied or given understanding and belief that said product is
“safe”—even though the company supplying that product or service factually
knows or believes otherwise, but either continues to misrepresent, or fails to
prevent the misrepresentation—and that consumer is later injured in a way that
contradicts what has been stated about the product or service and its qualities;
that’s fraud for sure.
Need a real world example to understand civil fraud?
A fictional eatery by the name of Restaurant
A houses certain food products which contain some sort of peanut
ingredient. However, since business is hurting recently, they’ve made the bold
decision to advertise themselves as “the only 100% peanut-free restaurant in
the world!”Luckily for them, no one with severe peanut allergies has eaten
there, so they’ve yet to get caught in the act of deception. The brave Employee
A is fully aware of the lies; he knows for sure that certain foods at
the restaurant contain peanuts. He knows it’s a marketing attempt to wrongly
attract more customers. Restaurant Afalsely advertising itself as
“peanut-free” would be the “intentional misrepresentation” in this scenario.
Customer Awalks in and
is the first customer of many to be victim of this intentional deception. She’s
got severe peanut allergies, but she’s excited to try multiple food items from
the peanut-free restaurant as she’s had troubles in the past. This customer is
“meant to rely” on the fact that there’s no peanut-based products used in the
food, and will therefore be safe for her to consume. Of course, once the
allergen reaches her system, she has a violent allergic reaction and must be
sent to the ER. Customer A could have
a products liability case against the restaurant, but she likely has no idea
what went wrong. It couldn’t have been an allergic reaction to peanuts, because
that restaurant is peanut-free, right? Well; that’s where things get
complicated, investigators get involved, and a class action begins.
However, let’s focus more on the
whistleblower aspect of this whole thing. If it’s never determined that Restaurant A is lying about being pure
of peanut-based ingredients, how will the allergic reactions ever stop? Without
the insider information that Employee A
has, the government may never suspect any wrongdoing on the restaurant’s end.
Will this employee make the brave choice to “blow the whistle” and force the
company to face the consequences of their fraudulent and harmful choices? He
could lose his job; he risks the chance of ever working in the restaurant
business again. Not only that, but his efforts may be shot down; leaving him
not only empty handed, but out of a career. Is it worth it? Let’s delve deeper
into the characteristics of a whistleblower.
So what makes a whistleblower, a whistleblower?
Just like fraud, the
term whistleblower is very vague. You may imagine conspiracy theorists or sports
coaches, but in reality, the meaning goes much deeper than that. Occasionally,
whistleblowers can be viewed as heroes, exposing the most severe levels of
fraudulent activities within an organization. Other times, whistleblowers can
be fraudulent themselves. Intentionally hurting an entity’s reputation by
writing or through spoken word is known as defamation; libel and slander respectively. So don’t go blowing that whistle all over the place!
If you’re interfering with the entity’s business or operation (i.e. making it a
public matter instead of a governmentally “protected disclosure”), you might
get yourself in to some trouble unless you can undoubtedly prove that you speak
the truth. Proving something like that is no easy task these days.
What sets apart a governmental
fraud whistleblower from the likes of a conspiracy
theory whistleblower is the False Claims Act, as mentioned in the first
paragraph. This act covers pretty much anything and everything that has to deal
with the government losing funds due to deception. Additionally, it very much
protects the whistleblower (appropriately known as a relator) by keeping everything sealed. A correctly presented and
legitimate lawsuit under the False Claims Act brought forward by a relator will
be kept confidential. If your employer were to discover your intentions of
uncovering their fraudulent activities, they may feel pressured to retaliate.
However, a relator can have some peace of mind knowing that they are protected
from any retaliation (i.e. position termination, demotion, suspension, etc.)
through the FCA. Lawsuits regarding the FCA brought forward by relators
(whistleblowers) are known as Qui Tam lawsuits.
When should I blow the whistle?
If you find out that your boss is overcharging a few customers
here and there, don’t be too quick to report him to a Federal agency in hopes
of getting a few bucks in return. Successful Qui Tam lawsuits require more than
that, and furthermore, your play-by-plays have to be kept quiet. The
information regarding suspected fraud that you possess and plan to share has to
be original and lead to the recovery of at least $1 million in order for you to
get a cut of it. Assuming that your tip(s) leads to the uncovering of fraud on
that large of a scale, you could be looking at a 15 to 30% split of the
recovered financial losses. What would have to be determined next is whether or
not that “split” is worth risking your career over. When all the cards are
drawn and the action is over, who will come out on top? As a whistleblower, you
should have your eyes set on punishing a company for their unethical and unjust
actions and recollecting a potentially significant amount of taxpayer dollars
for the government, rather than profiting from a sticky and suspicious
situation you’ve found yourself in.
With that said, it’s very important to have your facts straight
and to keep your intentions on the down-low. Big companies or organizations
that have gotten away with defrauding the government for long periods of time
are clearly experienced at it. If they were to learn of an impending fraud
investigation, they could be inclined to set up some serious defense. When
you’re on your own, it will be no small feat to end an organization’s
fraudulent activities. In fact, many whistleblowers are offered “hush money” to
back off and “call it even”. Sadly, the temptation can get the best of a
nervous or inept whistleblower—they accept the bribe and the fraud continues,
maybe on a greater scale than before. Don’t be tempted; don’t be scared; speak
up! It may seem like an impossible feat, but remember that there are many paths
for assistance. An experienced qui tam lawyer can be of great assistance to you
by offering a free consultation and case evaluation which is kept completely
confidential. By taking advantage of this offer, you can learn as soon as
possible if your decision to pursue a wrongdoer for fraud is poor, fair, or
smart. If you’re interested in that offer, contact a qui tam litigation
What are some examples of fraud that I should be aware of?
A growing concern, and the ones which deal most directly with the
health and well-being of innocent people, are the medical-related categories.
Health care fraud has and will likely always drain taxpayer dollars
significantly. The same goes for the pharmaceutical industry, with fraud being not only
common, but expected. Medicare Part D goes hand in
hand with pharmaceuticals. Here are a few examples of ways that health care
providers, medical practices, surgery centers, and more are defrauding not only
their fellow taxpayers, but the nation as a whole:
Health Care Fraud: Often times, medical providers will:
Overcharge for medical
Charge for procedures that were
Charge for procedures that
didn’t need to be done.
Because the government lacks medically-trained professionals that
can scout each individual practice to ensure cooperation and non-fraudulent
activities, they heavily rely on whistleblowers with personal involvement to
step forward and assist them.
(Example: Boss A
pressures his employees at his medical practice to perform x-rays on as many
people as possible. Getting an x-ray scan can be an expensive procedure and,
when performed on someone who doesn’t really need it, can lead to the victim of
fraud (or his Federally-funded health insurer) paying unnecessary medical bills
to the practice.)
Pharmaceutical Industry Fraud: Big Pharma companies like Johnson
& Johnson, Pfizer, and GlaxoSmithKline know how to make big money using
fraudulent methods such as:
Marketing their drug for uses
that were not approved by the FDA.
Bribing or winning the favor of
hospitals or physicians to prescribe their drug to patients.
Manipulating or concealing the
true sale price of their drug to get higher payouts from Medicare.
Unfortunately, millions of Americans rely on prescription drugs to
continue living. Because they need these drugs, patients will often turn
a blind eye to suspicious activity, completely unaware that they’re being taken
Company A sells their drug in bulk to Drug
Wholesaler A for a significantly lower price than they would anyone else.
The government requires that Pharmaceutical
Company A sells to Medicaid programs at the same rate of the best deal
they’ve given anyone else. Instead of being honest about it, Pharmaceutical Company A does the deal
with Drug Wholesaler A under the
table and fails to record the final sale price, therefore giving the Medicaid
program an incorrect or nonexistent sales history to base their buy price on.)
Medicare Part D Fraud: This type of fraud has many of the same
characteristics of pharmaceutical fraud.
(Example: Doctor A is
paid-off by Pharmaceutical Company A to
pressure patients into being prescribed a newer, updated prescription to treat
their condition. Patient A is pleased
to hear all of the benefits, and so agrees to take the drug. His
Federally-funded Medicare Part D covers the cost of these brand-name pills, but
he’s actually given a generic alternative. The patient has no idea, the
government has no idea, but both Doctor A
and Pharmaceutical Company A pocket
some extra taxpayer dollars.)
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Whether you’re working for a private
medical practice or a large surgery center, it’s possible that you’ve witnessed
fraudulent activities occur around you. If that is the case, you may be
hesitant to move forward or speak out, but don’t be. Here at Dolman Law Group,
we strive to make you feel comfortable with your choice to become a relator and
assist in the uncovering of governmental fraud. If you believe you have
information that could lead to such actions, you shouldn’t hesitate to get in
Our team of experienced qui tam
litigation attorneys can help you decide which course of action is in your best
interest and will ensure your anonymity. If you expose fraud against the
government, you could be eligible to receive significant financial compensation.
For more information, or to get in touch with an attorney today, use our
website or give us a call at 727-451-6900.
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the Florida coastline often go hand-in-hand. Many Florida residents and
visitors alike head out on the water with their families or friends to enjoy a
peaceful and fun day at sea. Unfortunately, not every boating experience is a
good one. At times, accidents may occur on the water that leave boaters
seriously injured or that even cause fatalities. One common reason for
dangerous boating accidents is drinking and driving.
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports1 that use of alcohol is involved in
an estimated 20 percent of boating deaths—all of which would likely have been
preventable. There is no excuse for boat accidents caused by drunk drivers and
anyone who is injured or lost a loved one should contact a motor vehicle
accident attorney as soon as possible.
acceptance of drinking and driving a boat
every adult understands that drinking and driving a car or other motor vehicle
on dry land is dangerous and prohibited by law. Drinking and driving a car is
furthermore generally frowned upon by friends or others who may try to stop
someone from drunk driving. For some reason, the same attitude toward drunk
driving does not necessarily apply to boating. In fact, drinking alcohol and
boating are often directly associated with one another.
is usually nothing wrong with adults having a drink while they enjoy the water,
the person driving the boat should always remain sober. This does not always
occur, however. Additionally, when a group of people is on a boat, they often
take turns at the wheel, especially if people are engaging in water sports or
otherwise getting into the water. This increases the chance that an impaired
driver may end up operating the boat at some point during the outing.
of DUI boat accidents
Boat accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, and the risks only increase when
a driver has been drinking. Some common causes include:
driver of the boat fails to observe right of way or other rules of the water
and collides with another boat.
driver of another boat fails to observe rules of the water and collides with the
boat on which you are riding.
driver takes a turn too sharply or quickly and you get thrown from the boat.
driver fails to observe people in the water and collides with them.
drivers may be relatively inexperienced and drinking while boating only
increases the chances that they will make a dangerous error and cause injury or
death from DUI boating accidents
the high risk for drowning, boating accidents often cause tragic fatalities. Reports indicate2 that 58 people died in Florida alone
from boating accidents in 2013. If you have a loved one who died in a boating
accident caused by a drunk driver, Florida's Wrongful Death Act3 allows you to file a claim to
recover for your loss. While no amount of money will ever bring your loved one
back, financial compensation from the responsible person can provide assistance
with unexpected costs, loss of financial support, and can give surviving
families a sense of closure and justice for their loss.
an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer for a free consultation
If you or a
loved one has been involved in a boating or other water accident due to a
driver who had been drinking, you should not delay in discussing a potential
case with an experienced accident attorney as soon as possible. Boat accidents
can have complex legal issues that may differ from other types of motor vehicle
accidents. However, the skilled attorneys at the Dolman Law Group in
Clearwater, Florida understand how to handle this type of case and all of the
potential complications that may arise.
should be a fun activity for everyone and anyone who causes injury due to drunk
driving of a boat should be held liable. Call our office today at 727-451-6900
to schedule a free consultation.
Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 451-6900
Many motorcycle enthusiasts are attracted to Florida for
various reasons, including the ability to ride year-round and our miles of open
and scenic coastal highways. Additionally, motorcycles are usually
significantly more fuel efficient than cars and other motor vehicles, making
them extremely economical vehicles to own and ride. Unfortunately, motorcycles
also expose riders to a significant risk of serious injury. Motorcycles offer
their riders no protection in the event of a collision or an accident, meaning
that the injuries that motorcyclists sustain in these events are often
significantly more serious than individuals in other vehicles involved in
similar events. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) recently published data1 that
indicates that there were approximately 93,000 motorcyclists injured in accidents
In many cases, individuals who are injured in motorcycle
accidents are eligible to receive significant compensation for their injuries
and other losses. An attorney can often help victims of motorcycle accidents
obtain a significantly higher settlement or award than they would be able to
obtain representing themselves, so victims should be certain to retain legal
counsel prior to discussing any settlement offers or filing a lawsuit.
Riding at night poses
a variety of risks
Of the thousands of motorcycle accidents that happen in and around the Clearwater area each year, a significant number of them occur at night. There are many various that riding at night can be more dangerous than riding during the day. Some of the more serious issues that arise during night riding are detailed below.
Motorcyclist visibility – After the sun goes down, there is obviously less light, even urban well-lit areas. This can have a significant impact on a motorcyclist’s ability to see other objects, road hazards, other vehicles, pedestrians, or anything else that may be in their path. Nighttime visibility may be further impacted in situations where there is adverse weather such as rain or fog, making for a particularly dangerous situation.
Motorist visibility – Other drivers’ visibility is also worse at night than it is during the day. Due to their smaller size and lesser surface area, motorcycles are already harder to drivers to see, even in ideal conditions. At night, motorcyclists can be particularly difficult for other motorists to see, potentially causing serious accidents.
Failure to account for riding experience and ability – Diminished visibility distance may result in a situation where a driver is surprised by sharp turns or other traffic that they would have been able to see earlier had they been riding during daylight hours. While more experienced riders may be able to easily deal with these kinds of surprises, those with less experience may become involved in serious accidents that may cause injury.
Driver fatigue – Driver fatigue2can affect all motorists and can be one of the most significant risks associated with riding a motorcycle at night. Driver fatigue has been shown to negatively affect a person’s reaction time, memory, judgment, and motor control, each of which is essential in the safe operating of a motorcycle.
Fortunately, there are often many ways that a motorcyclist
can reduce their risk of being involved in a nighttime accident. Some of these
include the following:
Avoiding night riding whenever possible, and only riding at
night after they feel completely comfortable on their bike and only during
clear weather conditions
Always wearing bright colored or retro-reflective clothing
when riding at night
Never ride after consuming alcohol or drugs
Never ride when you are feeling particularly fatigued or
Always ensure that all your motorcycle’s lights and signals
are functional and carry replacement bulbs in your vehicle’s cargo compartment
By following these steps, motorcyclists can ensure that they
minimize their risk of being involved in a nighttime accident. Unfortunately,
accidents are bound to occur, sometimes with devastating results. In many
cases, an experienced attorney can help individuals who are injured in
Clearwater motorcycle accidents that occur at night recover for their injuries
through a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact a Clearwater
motorcycle accident attorney today to schedule a free consultation
The attorneys of the Dolman Law Group are dedicated to
helping people injured in preventable accidents find justice and peace of mind
through the Florida court system. To schedule a free consultation with one of
our personal injury lawyers, call our office today at (727) 451-6900.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 451-6900
Modern semi-trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 and travel at
speeds of 70 miles per hour or more. As a result, when they are involved in
accidents with other vehicles the damage can be tremendous. In addition,
semi-truck accidents have the potential to cause serious bodily injuries that
can be life-threatening. In some cases, victims may develop medical
disabilities that could prevent them from returning to work or even being able
to live independently.
The truck drivers who operate these massive and dangerous
vehicles owe the public a duty to drive in a way that does not create an
unreasonable risk of an accident. Unfortunately, they do not always live up to
this duty, sometimes resulting in devastating accidents. When truck drivers
negligently cause accidents, victims can often recover for their medical
expenses and other losses by filing a legal claim against the driver or his or
her employer. Anyone who has been
injured in a truck accident in Florida should contact The Dolman Law Group as
soon as possible to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
Distracted driving is
According to the official United States government website1
for distracted driving, it is estimated that more than 400,000 people were
injured in accidents involving distracted driving. Driving while distracted by
something else would be deemed negligent by a court in almost every conceivable
situation. The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention2 (CDC) groups driver distractions into three main
types, which are detailed below.
Cognitive distractions – Any
distraction that diverts a driver’s attention away from the task of
driving is considered a cognitive distraction.
Visual distractions – Things that
take a driver’s eyes off of the road ahead constitutes a visual
Manual distractions – Any activity
that requires a driver to take his or her hands off of the wheel is a
There are some distractions that combine two or all three
types of these distractions, making them particularly risky. For example, text
messaging on a smart phone or other electronic device requires that a driver
think about the text he or she is composing, write the text using his or her
hands, and look at the device while writing the message. A driver can travel
the length of a football field or farther in the time that it takes to write a
text message. As a result, texting while driving can significantly increase a
person’s risk of being involved in an accident.
As a result of the particular danger that smart phone use
can pose to other drivers, commercial truck drivers have been prohibited from
using hand-held cell phones while driving by federal regulations since 2011.
While smart phones are a highly-publicized and well-documented source of driver
distraction, there are many other and less high-tech distractions that affect
drivers on a daily basis. Some of the most common include the following:
items in the car
Using a GPS
After a truck
accident in which you suspect that distracted driving played a role,
victims should be sure to record as much information about the incident as
possible. If possible, take photographs of the scene of the accident and gather
contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident. It is also
very important for people involved in truck accidents to seek medical attention
even if they do not believe that they are injured. Some injuries may not become
symptomatic for hours or even weeks after an accident occurs, and seeing a
medical professional will ensure that your injuries are properly diagnosed and
Contact a Clearwater
truck accident lawyer today to schedule a free consultation
People who have been injured in truck accidents may be
entitled to significant compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one
of our truck accident attorneys, call The Dolman Law Group today at (727)
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 451-6900
many different transportation options for your child to get to and from school,
including walking, riding a bicycle, carpooling in a car, and more. However,
one of the most popular ways for children to travel is by riding the school
bus. Not only do school buses eliminate millions of cars from the roads each
day, but school buses are also widely thought to be the safest way for your
child to travel to school each day. This is because school buses are designed
specifically to avoid tipping or rolling over in the event of a collision and
are reinforced to protect the young passengers on board. The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that while over 33,500 individuals died1 in general motor vehicle crashes in
general in 2012, only an average of 19 children die in accidents related to school
transportation on an annual basis.
agree to allow your child to travel by school bus, you should be able to expect
that your child will arrive at school and back home in a safe condition. While
accidents involving school buses are relatively rare, they do occur and
children riding the bus can sustain serious injuries. If your child is injured
during a school bus ride, you should expect that whoever was responsible for
the accident should be held liable for any losses you incurred due to the
injuries. However, school bus accidents can often be quite complicated and
recovery is not always as easy as you may imagine. For this reason, your first
call should be to an experienced personal injury attorney at the Dolman Law
Group who understands the unique nature of school bus injury cases.
causes of school bus injuries
think of school bus injuries, you likely immediately think of an incident in
which the school bus collides with another vehicle or object. There are many
different parties who may be responsible for school bus collisions for various
reasons. Some examples of negligence that may cause this type of accident
include the following:
bus driver error, including distracted driving, impaired driving, fatigued
driving, not having the proper training or license, violating traffic laws, and
other reckless driving behaviors.
maintenance of the school bus resulting in malfunctions.
road hazards or conditions that cause a bus driver to lose control.
party driver errors.
collisions do cause a number of the injuries suffered on school buses, there
are many other ways in which injuries can occur in a school bus setting. For
and fall accidents while entering or exiting the school bus
and fall accidents in the aisle of the bus
or poorly maintained windows that can seriously injure finger or arms
seats that can cause a child to fall or become trapped
from other students that occur due to inadequate supervision by bus personnel
planned school bus stops that result in pedestrian accidents
how your child suffered injury on the school bus, any negligent parties that
contributed to the injury should be held accountable for their actions.
in school bus accident cases
deserve to fully recover for your child's injuries and losses, school bus
accident cases can be complicated. Many different parties may be liable for
your losses depending on what type of entity owned the school bus. For example,
buses can be owned by public school districts, private school districts,
churches or similar organizations, or a private company that contracts the
buses to a school. The legal issue that may arise in your school bus accident
case will vary depending on the cause of the injury, who owned the bus, and
other factors. For this reason, you should always make sure to choose a
personal injury lawyer who understands the complexities of this type of case.
Clearwater personal injury lawyer for help today
child has sustained any type of injury on a school bus, please do not hesitate
to call a personal injury attorney at the Dolman Law Group to discuss a
possible case today. We offer free consultations, so please call us at
727-451-6900 for help. Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher
Road Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 451-6900