Monday, March 30, 2015

What Happens If Your Child Is Injured At School?

Millions of 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:

Slip and 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.

Playground 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.

Inadequate 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 security.

Food 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.

School 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.

Complications with school-related injuries

If your 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.

How an experienced Clearwater personal injury lawyer can help you

If your 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.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 451-6900


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Friday, March 27, 2015

What is a Whistleblower?


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.”[2] 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 A falsely advertising itself as “peanut-free” would be the “intentional misrepresentation” in this scenario. 

Customer A walks 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 attorney today. 

What are some examples of fraud that I should be aware of? 

According to the official False Claims Act website, the most common types of governmental fraud are:
  • “Health Care Fraud”
  • “Pharmaceutical Fraud”
  • “Medicare Part D Fraud”
  • “Defense Contract Fraud”
  • “Energy Fraud”
  • “Disaster Relief Fraud”
  • “Construction and Procurement Fraud”
  • “Research Fraud”
  • “Financial Industry Fraud”
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 procedures.
  • Charge for procedures that were never performed.
  • 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 advantage of.

(Example: Pharmaceutical 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.) 

SPEAK WITH AN EXPERIENCED QUI TAM ATTORNEY IN THE CLEARWATER & TAMPA BAY AREA FOR FREE 

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 touch. 

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. 

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 451-6900
 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Drinking and Boating Can Lead To Serious Injuries

Boats and 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.

The Centers 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.

Social acceptance of drinking and driving a boat

Nearly 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.

While there 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.

Causes 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:

·         The driver of the boat fails to observe right of way or other rules of the water and collides with another boat.
·         A driver of another boat fails to observe rules of the water and collides with the boat on which you are riding.
·         A driver takes a turn too sharply or quickly and you get thrown from the boat.
·         A driver fails to observe people in the water and collides with them.
·         The driver ignores potential adverse weather conditions.
·         The driver accidentally capsizes the boat.

Many boat 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.

Wrongful death from DUI boating accidents

Because of 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.

Contact 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.

Boating 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.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 451-6900


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Risks of Riding Your Motorcycle At Night

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 during 2012.

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 fatigueDriver fatigue2 can 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 sleepy
  • 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


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Distracted Driving and Semi-Trucks Are a Dangerous Combination

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 negligent driving

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 distraction.
  • Manual distractions – Any activity that requires a driver to take his or her hands off of the wheel is a manual distraction.
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:

  • Reading
  • Grooming
  • Looking at scenery
  • Talking
  • Eating
  • Searching for items in the car
  • Drinking
  • Using a GPS device
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Applying makeup
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 treated.

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) 451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 451-6900


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Friday, March 13, 2015

Recovering From School Bus Accidents

There are 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.

When you 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.

Common causes of school bus injuries

When you 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:

·         School 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.
·         Poor maintenance of the school bus resulting in malfunctions.
·         Dangerous road hazards or conditions that cause a bus driver to lose control.
·         Third party driver errors.

While 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 example:

·         Slip and fall accidents while entering or exiting the school bus
·         Slip and fall accidents in the aisle of the bus
·         Defective or poorly maintained windows that can seriously injure finger or arms
·         Broken seats that can cause a child to fall or become trapped
·         Assaults from other students that occur due to inadequate supervision by bus personnel
·         Dangerously planned school bus stops that result in pedestrian accidents

No matter how your child suffered injury on the school bus, any negligent parties that contributed to the injury should be held accountable for their actions.

Complications in school bus accident cases

Though you 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.

Call a Clearwater personal injury lawyer for help today

If your 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


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