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.
Boating is a favorite
pastime for Floridians. Visitors and residents alike enjoy taking a boat out on
the water to enjoy the day with their friends and families. Unfortunately,
anytime any type of motorized vehicle is involved, there is the risk of an
accident and, anytime people are around water, there is risk for serious
drowning incidents. Boating accidents have the potential to leave boaters and
swimmers with severe injuries that can often be catastrophic or even fatal. One
of the most common causes of boat accidents is boating under the influence
(BUI) of alcohol or a controlled substance.
BUI is not only against Florida law,1 but can have serious consequences. Despite the risks,
drinking and boating often go hand-in-hand. Relaxing on the water often
involves alcoholic beverages—even for the person operating the boat. According
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),2 alcohol is a factor in about 20
percent of fatal boating accidents and the resulting deaths could likely have
been prevented if the boat operator had not been intoxicated. Anyone who
sustains injuries or loses a loved one in a BUI boating accident has the legal
right to obtain substantial compensation from the negligent boat driver.
Causes of BUI accidents
should know that drinking alcohol can cause errors in judgment and lapses in
concentration. Any boat driver who has been drinking runs the risk of doing any
of the following:
- Failing to
properly observe right of way laws or violating other boating regulations that
result in a collision with another vessel.
- Taking a turn
too quickly or turning too sharp, which can cause boat passengers to be ejected
into the water.
possible weather hazards and staying on the water in adverse conditions.
- Driving too
fast or in a manner that causes the boat to capsize.
- Failing to
properly notice swimmers in the water and driving the boat over them.
- Not paying
attention to skiers or tubes.
All of these accidents can
result in serious injuries or death of people in the boat with the drunk
driver, in other boats, or in the water.
Legal claims from BUI
If you suffer an injury
because a boat driver was intoxicated, you have the right to file a legal claim
against the negligent driver for personal injury. If you sufficiently prove
that the driver was intoxicated and caused the accident, you can recover for
your medical bills, wages you lost during your physical recovery, your pain an
suffering, emotional trauma, any permanent disabilities you suffered, and
possibly punitive damages depending on the specifics of your case.
If your family member
passed away because of a boat accident caused by an intoxicated driver, Florida law3 allows you to file a
claim for wrongful death. If you prove the negligence of the boat driver, you
can recover for funeral and burial expenses, as well as loss of companionship,
loss of financial contributions, and much more.
Cases arising from boating
accidents can be complicated because they often involve maritime law, which is
a specific set of laws that regulate incidents involving vessels on navigable waters.
At the Dolman Law Group, our attorneys have the understanding necessary to
handle any case involving personal injury or wrongful death under maritime
laws. Not every personal injury attorney knows how to apply these laws to a
case, so you should always select a lawyer who has extensive knowledge of these
complicated maritime laws.
Contact an experienced
Clearwater boating accident lawyer for help today
Anyone injured by a drunk
boat driver should contact an experienced Clearwater boating accident attorney
as soon as possible. This type of case requires evidence of the driver's
intoxication, which can include a criminal conviction for BUI but can also
include circumstantial evidence, as well. We will conduct witness interviews
and gather the evidence needed to ensure that you receive the full amount of
compensation you deserve under the law for your injuries or your wrongful loss.
Boat accidents can be frightening, but the Dolman Law
Group is here to help injured
victims as much as possible, so call for a free consultation at 727-451-6900
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33756 727-451-6900
Thousands of people in the Clearwater area ride bicycles on a daily
basis, both as form of transportation as well as form recreation an exercise.
As is the case with any metropolitan area in the United States, people who bike
in Clearwater often do so in close proximity to cars, trucks, and other motor
vehicles, creating a significant risk of an accident.
the Florida Department Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicates1
that there were more than 6,000 bicyclists injured in Florida during 2012.These kinds of accidents often leave
bicyclists seriously injured, which can often entitle them to significant
financial compensation. For this reason, it is important for anyone involved in
a bicycle accident to talk to a lawyer about their case as soon as possible. Call the Dolman Law Group today to schedule
a free case evaluation with a Clearwater bicycle accident attorney.
Carelessness can entitle bicycle accident
victims to financial recovery
motor vehicle is an inherently dangerous activity. Cars and trucks can often
weigh thousands of pounds and can cause serious injury when they collide with
other vehicles, people, or structures. As a result, motorists have a duty to
operate their vehicles safely and in a way that does not pose an unreasonable
risk of injury to others. In many cases, careless behavior will be deemed
legally negligent, which means that anyone hurt by the careless conduct may be
entitled to recover compensation for their losses. Some of the more common
examples of the kinds of driver negligence that often leads to bicycle
accidents are discussed below.
driving2 can take many forms, including texting, grooming,
reading, talking to passengers, or simply daydreaming. When drivers are
distracted, they are often not aware of their surroundings, which can cause
driving – Drinking and driving continues to be a serious issue in Florida
and the rest of the country. When drunk drivers cause serious accidents, they
are subject to both criminal and civil liability. This means that bicyclists
who are struck by drunk drivers can often obtain compensation for their losses.
- Speeding –
Drivers speed for a number of reasons, including running late, not paying
attention to the posted speed limit, or just for fun. The reality is that there
is no excuse to break the law and put others at risk. Speeding drivers often
cannot not stop in time to avoid bicyclists or do not even seem them until it
is too late. Fortunately, the mere fact that a driver was speeding is often
sufficient to establish that he or she was negligent.
to observe traffic regulations – For many people, driving is a daily
activity. As a result, drivers may become overly causal about certain rules of
the road. Examples may include rolling stops at stop signs, failing to signal
turns, not stopping before taking a right turn on red, or speeding through a
yellow light. While these types of offenses are commonplace, they also have the
potential to cause serious injury.
many other ways that a driver’s carelessness could cause serious bicycle
accident. Victims should discuss their case in detail with a lawyer in order to
determine whether they have a legal claim.
Discuss your accident with a Clearwater bicycle accident lawyer today
accidents caused by careless drivers often leave victims with significant
injuries that may affect them for years. Many bicyclists who are involved in
motor vehicle accidents incur significant medical expenses and are unable to
work for months or even years. In addition, victims may also experience
significant physical pain and emotional distress as well as be unable to enjoy
activities they once did. Thankfully for victims, Florida allows people who are
injured in bicycle accidents caused by the negligence of others to recover for
these and other losses they may have experienced.
Clearwater bicycle accident attorneys of the Dolman Law Group are dedicated
to protecting the legal rights of people who have been hurt in preventable
accidents. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients and
work tirelessly to obtain justice through the Florida civil courts. To schedule
a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
By nearly every measure, dogs are the most popular pet to
own in the United States. According to the American
Veterinary Medical Foundation1 (AVMF), approximately 36.5
percent of households owned at least one dog in 2012. Undoubtedly, our canine
friends make excellent companions and can help people feel more secure in their
own homes. In some cases, dogs can even provide people with disabilities with
essential help navigating the world. With so many positive and helpful
characteristics, it is no surprise that it is nearly impossible to leave the
house in Clearwater and see multiple dogs being walked, in yards, or riding in
cars with their owners.
As friendly and domesticated as most dogs seem, it is
important to remember they still have instincts that have the potential to
cause serious harm. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
that there are approximately 4.5 million dog bites each year in the United
States. Dog bites happen for a variety of reasons, including poor training,
aggressiveness, provocation, or simply because the dog was startled.While most people are aware that a dog bite
can cause serious injury as a result of the initial bite, it is less commonly
known that dog bites can result in significant complications that may affect a
person for years. Some of the most common of these complications are discussed
Infection – There
is a common misconception that “dogs’ mouths are cleaner than ours.” This is
certainly not the case, and the reality is that dogs have millions of bacteria
residing in their mouths at all times. These bacteria may be transferred into a
person’s wound during a dog bite and could cause infection. In some cases, these
infections may be serious enough to warrant hospitalization and treatment with
Nerve damage –
Nerves are responsible for transmitting electrical impulses between the brain
and the rest of the body. When they are damaged, people often develop issues
with sensation, range of motion, and muscle strength. In addition, nerve damage
is notoriously difficult to treat and in some case is irreversible. Dog bites
can easily cause nerve damage, potential leaving victims with long-term issues
that could affect their quality of life and ability to engage in everyday
activities or tasks.
Emotional issues and
a fear of dogs – Many people who are bitten are nervous around even
friendly dogs and try to avoid them as much as possible. Some people may even develop
cynophobia, a clinically recognized fear of dogs that may affect their ability
to function in day-to-day life. In some instances, dog bite victims require
months or even years of therapy in order to address these fears and may never
be fully comfortable around dogs again.
Ensure your recovery
by retaining qualified legal counsel immediately
In many cases, the injuries associated with a dog bite go
far beyond the initial physical trauma associated with an attack and affect a
person’s physical and emotional well-being for a significant period of time. As
a result, individuals who sustain injuries related to dog bites or dog attacks
are often legally entitled to significant financial compensation. In order for
victims to recover the full value of their claim, they should retain a
Clearwater dog bite lawyer who is familiar with representing victims of dog
attacks and who understands how to properly assess the value of a legal claim.
Contact the Dolman Law Group today to find out how a Clearwater Dog Bite attorney
can help you
Law Group is a team of skilled personal injury advocates who have been
representing the rights of the injured since 2009. We have recovered millions
of dollars on behalf of our clients and are dedicated to the success of every
case we take. In addition, we utilize a contingent-fee arrangement with all of
our personal injury clients, which means that you will not pay anything in
legal fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule a free
consultation with one of our lawyers, call our Clearwater office today at
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
medical treatment for a variety of reasons. The impetus for seeing a doctor or
other medical professional could include a routine checkup, treatment for a
common illness, injury, or to undergo an elective cosmetic procedure. Whatever
the reason for seeking treatment, the people who have chosen to care for others
as their profession have a duty to act with the degree of skill and care
expected from a medical professional. When this does not occur and injury
results, victims can often recover significant compensation through a medical
malpractice is a type of professional negligence that occurs when a
professional fails to meet the statutorily defined standard of care. Under Florida
law, the standard of
care1 that applies to medical professionals is that level of
care, skill, and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding
circumstances, is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent
similar health care providers.”Medical
malpractice can occur in a variety of ways, but some tend to me more common
than others. Some of these are discussed below.
Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis – A
reasonable medical professional should know the correct tests to perform and
the right questions to ask if a patient presents with certain symptoms. If a
doctor fails to thoroughly investigate your condition, you may not receive a
correct diagnosis or may even be sent home with no diagnosis at all. Without
the proper diagnosis, you may not receive the treatment you need in a timely
manner, which can lead to unnecessary complications and the need for more
Surgical errors – Because of the
serious risks of complications during surgical procedures, surgeons and their
support staff must take care before, during, and after the procedure. If a
doctor is distracted, untrained, or otherwise impaired, patients can suffer and
may even not survive. Common surgical errors include inadequate sterilization,
operating on the wrong body part, leaving foreign objects inside the patient,
failure to provide proper post-operative care, among others.
Medication errors – Over 4 million
prescriptions2 are filled on an annual basis in the United
States. Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists must use proper care to ensure that
prescriptions and medication administered in medical facilities are correct.
Medication errors can happen in many ways, including administering the wrong
medication to the wrong patient, prescribing or administering the wrong dosage,
giving medication that may have harmful reactions with existing prescriptions,
failing to give necessary medication, and more.
Birth errors – Pregnancy, labor, and
childbirth are all complicated and any errors can have a severe effect on both
the child and the mother. Common birth errors include providing improper
prenatal care, failing to identify possible complications or birth defects,
failing to monitor the vital signs of the child and mother during labor, not
taking emergency action should complications arise, and errors using vacuums or
Medical malpractice can entitle victims to
have been injured by the negligence or carelessness of medical professionals do
not have to sit idly by and suffer. Florida medical malpractice law often
entitles victims of medical negligence to significant compensation for their
medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and loss of quality of life.
Because of the complicated medical and legal issues that often arise in medical
malpractice cases, it is important for victims to retain an attorney who is
familiar with Florida law and who has a history of success representing the
victims of medical negligence.
Contact a Clearwater medical malpractice law firm today to schedule a free
case evaluation with an attorney
Since 2009, the Clearwater medical malpractice lawyers of
the Dolman Law Group have been helping people injured by negligence recover for
their losses. We are committed to representing the rights of the injured and
work tirelessly to ensure that each client we take obtains the full and fair
value of his or her claim. To schedule a free consultation with one of our
attorneys, call our office today at 727-451-6900.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756