Friday, August 28, 2015

Examples of Property Owner Negligence That Can Lead to Trip and Fall Accidents



Slipping,tripping, and falling can happen anywhere where a person is standing or walking inside or outside. Most of us have experienced a trip and fall accident1 at some point in our lives. In most instances, these accidents result in minor or even non-existent injuries. In some cases, however, the injuries that people sustain in slip and fall accidents are serious and require intensive medical care. This is particularly true for certain populations, including older adults and people with certain medical conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to injury.

Regardless of the individual characteristics of a victim, people or businesses that engage in negligent conduct that results in a slip and fall accident can often be held liable for injuries and other losses they cause. In some cases, it may not even be apparent to victims that their accident was the result of someone else’s negligence. It is important, therefore, for anyone injured in a trip and fall accident to discuss their situation with an experienced with an experienced attorney. Not only will an attorney determine whether you have a claim, he or she will ensure that you receive the full value of any claim you may have. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Clearwater trip and fall attorneys, call our office today at 727-451-6900.

Common hazards that are often the result of negligence
Slip and fall accidents can occur in a number of ways, not all of which entitle victims to compensation. For example, some trip and fall incidents are simply the result of a person’s own clumsiness or carelessness and occur without being caused by another’s negligence. There are some hazardous conditions, that while not always the result of negligence, tend to not to occur in the absence of negligence. These include the following:

·       Exposed electrical wiring
·       Liquid spills
·       Debris left in walkways
·       Inadequate lighting
·       Liquid spills
·       Cracked pavement
·       Lack of handrails
·       Uneven stairs
·       Slippery floors
·       Accumulations of snow or ice

Whether a trip and fall accident is actionable is often a very fact specific issue that requires significant legal analysis. As a result, anyone who has been involved in any type of slip and fall should discuss their case with an attorney as soon as possible.

Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries
The injuries that people can sustain in trip and fall accidents can be extremely serious. Some of the more common are listed below:

·       Broken bones
·       Traumatic brain injuries2
·       Soft tissue injuries
·       Spinal cord injuries
·       Concussions

These and other injuries that people often sustain after falling have the potential to require significant medical treatment, including surgery, rehabilitative therapy, cosmetic procedures, and hospitalization. In addition, these injuries can also cause victims to experience significant physical and emotional pain suffering.  Fortunately, these and other losses are often compensable through a personal injury claim.

People who are injured in slip and fall accidents should keep in mind that any claim that they may have is subject to Florida’s statute of limitations, meaning that there is a limited amount of time in which a claim may be filed. By retaining an attorney as soon as possible after an accident occurs, victims can ensure that their claim will be filed in a timely manner and that they receive the compensation to which they are entitled quickly and efficiently.

Contact a Clearwater trip and fall lawyer to schedule a free case evaluation

People who have been injured in a trip and fall accident should retain legal counsel as soon as possible. In many cases, trip and falls are caused by the negligence of property owners or others, meaning that victims will likely be able to recover compensation for any losses they sustained. The kinds of losses for which compensation is often available after a slip and fall accident include physical and emotional pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and loss of enjoyment of life, among others. The Clearwater trip and fall accident lawyers of the Dolman Law Group are dedicated to helping people hurt by the negligence of others. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office at 727-451-6900.

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


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Friday, August 21, 2015

A New School Year Can Mean New Risks for Your Child



A summer winds down and fall approaches, many families and children are getting ready for a new school year. While this is often an exciting time for both parents and students, it also exposes kids to the risk of serious injury. Unfamiliar situations can often turn dangerous, especially when children are experiencing new freedoms or activities for the first time. Fortunately for children who are injured in preventable accidents, Florida tort law often allows them to recover significant financial compensation to help cover past, current, and future expenses. In addition, the law seeks to compensate people for their non-economic losses as well, which may include physical and emotional pain and suffering or loss of future earning potential.

An experienced attorney can help parents of injured children recover on their behalf. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900.

Pedestrian accidents
Pedestrian accidents injured an estimated 76,0001 people during 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Children are particularly vulnerable to being hit by motor vehicles, as their smaller size makes them more difficult to see and they are more prone to unexpected behavior like running out into the street. If your child walks to school, he or she is at an increased risk of involvement in a pedestrian accident, especially if he or she is walking a new route or has just started walking alone.

Playground injuries
While playgrounds are an excellent place for school-age children to get exercise and learn important social skills, they also pose a significant risk of injury. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates2 that emergency departments around the country treat over 200,000 children 14 and under for injuries sustained in playground accidents. Schools often have playgrounds on their premises, and when they are negligently designed or maintained, the consequences can be extremely serious. In many cases, the fact that an accident was the result of defective playground equipment or negligent design may not be apparent to a person without legal training. As a result, anyone whose child has been injured should have their case reviewed by an experienced attorney.

School bus accidents
NHTSA reports3 that school buses are the safest way to get students to and from school. Unfortunately, each year, accidents occur that leave children with serious injuries. When these accidents are caused by the negligence of others, victims can often recover.

Inadequate supervision
The faculty and staff that work at your child’s school have a duty to ensure that they are safe and are not exposed to an unreasonable risk of injury. When they fail to adequately discharge this duty and an injury results, victims can often recover compensation. Negligent supervision claims often arise in one of two ways:

·       The adult that should be supervising the child fails to do so and the child is injured in an accident that could have been prevented had he or she been supervised, or
·       The adult fails to adequately supervise another child that the adult knew or should have known had the potential to cause injury to the child who was injured.

Parents should not wait to retain an attorney
Parents of children who have been injured in accidents should be aware that there is a limited amount of time in which a person can file a personal injury claim due to Florida’s statute of limitations4 on tort claims. Consequently, parents of children who are involved in accidents should retain legal counsel as soon as they can.

Contact a Clearwater personal injury lawyer today to discuss your case

The lawyers of the Dolman Law Group are dedicated to helping people who have hurt in preventable accidents recover for their injuries. When children are injured, financial compensation can often help pay for current and future medical expenses and ensure that they have financial security when they reach adulthood. As a result, parents of children who have been injured in accidents caused by the negligence of others should retain legal counsel as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Clearwater personal injury attorneys, 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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Friday, August 14, 2015

Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse in Clearwater, Florida




According to the National Conference of State Legislators,1 the older population in the United States is expected to triple between 2012 and 2050. Many older people who require higher levels of medical and day-to-day care reside in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. Nursing homes are designed to meet the medical needs of people who have therapeutic, rehabilitative or preventative care, as well as for people who require assistance accomplishing day-to-day tasks. As such many nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable, either physically or mentally, to mistreatment or exploitation by those around them. When nursing home staff fails to provide adequate care or deliberately abuses residents, the facility can often be held civilly liable for any injuries caused. As a result, anyone who been injured while living in a nursing home or assisted living facility should retain legal counsel as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900.

Loved ones are often the first line of defense
Many studies have indicated that the vast majority of nursing home abuse likely goes unreported. There are various reasons that a nursing home resident may be hesitant or unwilling to report abuse, including embarrassment or simply not being aware that any abuse has taken place. Consequently, loved ones of nursing home residents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse in order to ensure that they can recognize that abuse may be taking place. Some of the more common signs of abuse or neglect include the following:

·       Bed or pressure sores
·       Unexplained weight loss
·       Loss of interest
·       Unnecessary use of restraints
·       Unsanitary conditions
·       Bruises
·       Lack of adequate treatment
·       Broken bones
·       Open wounds
·       Failure to prevent injuries
·       Over-medication
·       Under-medication
·       Depression
·       Emotional withdrawal

If you are visiting a loved one and notice any of the above or any other signs of abuse, you should alert the facility’s management immediately. In addition, concerned parties can also report suspected abuse to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs2 by phone, TDD, fax, or online.

Retaining legal counsel can help
Stopping the suspected abuse is only the first step in rectifying a nursing home abuse or neglect case. The assistance of an attorney can help victims ensure that they continue to be safe, receive appropriate treatment, obtain any financial compensation to which they are entitled, and that the facility is held accountable. In many cases, nursing home administrators will offer victims of abuse a financial settlement in order to limit their liability. Generally, the assistance of an experienced attorney can significantly increase the settlement offer made by the nursing home. An attorney familiar with nursing home litigation will understand the various issues that often arise in cases involving nursing home abuse, including those regarding the specific financial, medical, social, and legal needs of older adults.

Victims and their families should be aware of the fact that nursing home abuse cases are required to be brought within a certain period of time due to Florida’s statute of limitations. This means that any delay in retaining legal counsel and filing a claim could potentially jeopardize a nursing home abuse victim’s ability to bring a legal claim. As a result, anyone who suspects that they or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse should contact an attorney immediately.

Contact a Clearwater nursing home abuse attorney today to retain qualified legal representation

Nursing home abuse is never acceptable, and the facilities who allow their residents to be mistreated should be held legally accountable. In many cases, the victims of abuse are entitled to significant compensation, and by holding a facility accountable you can ensure that other residents are not subjected to the same unacceptable conduct. The lawyers of the Dolman Law Group have been representing the rights of the injured since 2009 and work tirelessly to ensure that each client we represent obtains the full and fair value of his or her claim. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Clearwater nursing home abuse attorneys, 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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