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.
If you have
certain symptoms, medical professionals should perform the proper tests to
accurately diagnose a serious condition. Unfortunately, some doctors fail to
diagnose certain conditions which can lead to unnecessary injury to patients
that may even be fatal. If your condition is not diagnosed in a timely manner
and you suffered complications as a result, any negligent medical professionals
may be held liable for medical malpractice.
attacks most often occur as a result of heart disease and the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) reports that
an estimated 735,000 people1 in the United States suffer a heart
attack on an annual basis. Many people should be generally aware of some of the
most common signs and symptoms of a heart attack, which can include chest pain,
shortness of breath, pain in the shoulder, arm, neck, or jaw, light-headedness,
nausea, and more. Though these symptoms should be recognizable, they also
overlap with symptoms of many other conditions and can often be confused for
If ever you
have symptoms of a possible heart attack, your doctor should perform adequate
tests to rule out any other conditions before giving you a diagnosis. If your
heart attack is not properly treated, you are at serious risk of a subsequent
episode that may be life-threatening.
wants to hear that they have cancer. However, according to the National Cancer Institute,
approximately 1,658,370 individuals2
will receive some type of cancer diagnosis in 2015 in the U.S. For many
patients, the earlier their cancer is detected and diagnosed, the better chance
they have of successful treatment and a more positive prognosis. Unfortunately,
many cases of cancer go undiagnosed until the disease has progressed
substantially and treatment options have decreased. This failure to diagnose
can happen even in the face of symptoms that should have indicated that
something was not right with the patient. In such cases, the patient and
perhaps their families may be entitled to compensation for the missed
diagnosis. Some of the most commonly missed cancer diagnoses can involve the
or colon cancer
or other skin cancers
occur when a weak blood vessel expands, presenting the risk of it bursting and
causing potentially life-threatening complications. These vessels burst in
either the aorta—the main artery in the body—or in the brain. Both types can
cause serious injury or death, even with emergency treatment. There are
specific symptoms for aneurysms in the brain and in the aorta and, if a patient
presents with such symptoms, medical professionals should perform the proper
tests to determine whether an aneurysm exists.
identify aneurysms before they burst and can monitor and treat them to avoid
serious consequences of a burst blood vessel. However, if an aneurysm is not
properly diagnosed, the following may result:
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If you had
a serious condition that was not properly tested and diagnosed and you
sustained unnecessary complications or injury as a result, you should call a
qualified medical malpractice lawyer to learn about your legal rights and
options as soon as possible. Additionally, if you have tragically lost a loved
one because a doctor negligently failed to diagnose their serious health
condition, your should discuss your rights to file a wrongful death claim
against the responsible medical professional.
Florida statute2 mandates that a driver should not “follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and
prudent.” When determining what distance is reasonable and prudent, the law
requires a driver to take into consideration the road conditions, type of road
they are on, and the speed of the traffic around them. For example, if you are
on a highway with traffic moving at 60 miles per hour, you are expected to
leave a significantly more room than if you were on a city street with a speed
limit of 35 miles per hour. The law also addresses requirements for large
trucks and trucks towing trailers or vehicles to leave at least 300 feet
between themselves and any other large truck.
an individual causes an accident due to tailgating, they may be cited by law
enforcement officers for violating traffic laws and may also face liability in
civil court for any injuries and losses that occurred.
Why drivers follow too closely
many possible reasons why a driver may negligently choose to tailgate another
vehicle, including the following:
intimidate a slower driver into increasing their speed;
an attempt to change lanes when there is faster traffic in the other lane;
to “draft” another vehicle to preserve gas mileage;
they overestimate their driving skills.
what the reason behind tailgating may be, it is a highly dangerous practice
that leads to severe rear-end collisions.
injuries in rear-end collisions
collision happens whenever the front of one vehicle (in this case, the
tailgater) crashes in to the back of another vehicle. These accidents can
result in very serious injuries for motorists, including:
brain injuries – Many individuals in the front car of a rear-end collision hit
their head on the steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, or side window. Though
airbags are intended to prevent this type of injury, they do not always
adequately do so. In addition, simply the jolt of the crash can cause the brain
to shake in the skull and can result in damage.
and back injuries – Whiplash and similar injuries are highly common in this
type of collision due to the nature of the impact. Victims can suffer serious
effects of neck and back injuries and may often have to miss a substantial
amount of work.
bones – A rear-end collision often causes limbs to crack against the inside of
the car, which can result in serious fractures in the bones in the arms and
legs. These fractures often require extensive recovery time and even surgery.
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follow too closely or engage in other dangerous aggressive driving behaviors
put everyone else on the road at risk of serious collisions and life-changing
injuries. There is no reason why a driver should violate Florida law and
tailgate and any driver who does so should be held fully responsible for any
resulting accidents, injuries, and losses. At the Dolman Law Group, our car
accident lawyers are dedicated to helping you obtain the maximum amount of
compensation from an aggressive driver and we will take every step possible to
ensure that your losses are covered. We offer free consultations and never
collect a fee unless you are able to recover. Please call our Clearwater,
Florida office at 727-451-6900 for assistance today.
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
majority of collisions
involving large commercial trucks occur due to some type of
negligent act or error by the truck driver. In such cases, the driver should be
held accountable for their actions and liable for any losses suffered by
injured victims. In order for this to occur, the victim must sufficiently
demonstrate that the driver acted in a negligent manner.
can be proven by presenting evidence that is in accordance with the Florida Rules of Evidence.1 There are many types of evidence
that can be used to prove driver negligence and the following are only a few
driving a commercial vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is
extremely dangerous, many truck accidents happen because of impaired driving.
In such situations, the truck driver should be immediately tested for drugs or
alcohol both for investigation by law enforcement and under regulations set out
by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These tests are
important because positive results can serve as concrete evidence that a driver
had unlawful substances in their system or a blood alcohol content (BAC) over
the legal limit for truck drivers, which is 0.04 percent. Any subsequent
conviction for DUI can be used as evidence of negligence, as well.
and receipts for deliveries
also requires truck drivers to keep clear records of their drive time, rest
breaks, and delivery schedule. These records are to ensure that a driver is in
compliance with hours of service regulations and that they are risking fatigued
driving or violating speed limits. Though logbooks can be helpful, many drivers
who knowingly violate hours of service or drive at an excessive speed may
attempt to falsify their record books to conceal the violations. In such cases,
the delivery receipts can be analyzed by a professional who can identify any
possible violations based on the deliveries made and distance traveled in a
certain period of time. Interpreting driver and company records to show
negligence can be complicated and the assistance of a professional is
imperative when such evidence is at issue.
trucks have event data recorders, just like airplanes and other large vehicles.
These devices record the speed of the truck, whether the brakes were engaged,
and other important information regarding the activities of the truck driver.
The data on these recorders can indicate if a driver was speeding or failed to
brake for stopped traffic due to a distraction or a similar reason and this data
can be very helpful as evidence in a truck accident case. If a truck had a
camera installed, footage from the camera can serve as critical evidence to
identify negligence on the part of the driver though not every truck has a
camera at this point in time.
from experts and witnesses
to physical evidence, testimony can be very important to prove your truck
accident claim. Testimony can come from witnesses who saw the accident occur
and can attest to the fact that the driver was texting, speeding, or engaged in
some other type of negligent behavior. Accident reconstruction and trucking
industry experts can also analyze the information regarding the accident can
give their expert opinion on what caused the accident. Most cases use a combination
of physical and testimonial evidence in order to fully prove your claims so
that you can recover for your losses.
experienced Clearwater truck accident attorney for a free consultation
truck accident cases can be extraordinarily complex, however, the highly
skilled injury attorneys at the Dolman
Law Group have the
resources and knowledge to successfully handle truck cases. We have seen the
devastation that a truck accident can cause for victims and are committed to
protecting the interests and rights of anyone who has been injured. Truck
accident victims are often entitled to a substantial amount of compensation and
should never delay in consulting with an experienced lawyer in Clearwater as
soon as possible. To learn more about
how our qualified legal team can help you, please call 727-451-6900 for a free
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756