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Author: Matthew Dolman

Dolman Law Group, a Pinellas County Law Firm, is a personal injury law firm with satellite offices located St Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton and Melbourne Florida. Our mission is to provide zealous and competent service for any individual injured due to the negligence exhibited by either an individual or a corporation. We only represent the injured in Florida and no member of the Dolman Law Group will ever represent an insurance company.

I was Injured on a Ride at an Amusement Park in Tampa Bay, what are my Options?

amusement park ridePeople from across the world flock to Florida to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando or Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, and for good reason. Amusement parks are a great way for families to spend time together. From rides, to carnival games, to concerts and shows, there is something fun for all ages. They are places where one can experience thrills without the fear of real danger. However, despite the constant upkeep and inspection of rides, sometimes there is negligence and accidents may occur.

A recent report, made public by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, found that in mid-April, a 12-year-old boy suffered severe lacerations on four of his fingers while riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World. This is the same ride that a British tourist was on when he lost two of his fingertips from his right hand just two weeks ago.

WHO IS LIABLE FOR AMUSMENT PARK INJURIES?

It is the amusement parks responsibility to ensure that:
  • All rides and equipment are in good and working order.
  • Warnings are posted if a ride is dangerous for someone suffering from a specific medical condition.
  • Signs are posted warning riders of the inherent risk involved.
  • Operators are properly trained.
  • Rides are properly inspected.
  • Rides are operated properly.
  • Proper and correct instructions are given to riders.
Also, the manufacturer of the equipment may be liable as well if a part of the ride is proven defective.  The structure or design of the ride may also be defective and lead to injury. Amusement parks will try and defend claims using assumption of risk, which is when the risks are made to clear to a participant, and they choose to participate anyway. However, just because the participant knowingly rides a roller coaster does not mean they fall under that blanket. The participant has to be aware of the risks involved. For example, it is impossible for the participant to know if the ride was inspected properly or that a wheel is too loose on the cart.

A rider must also comply with safety rules, such as buckling seatbelts, keeping both hands and feet inside of the car, and abiding by the height and weight requirements. If a rider is in violation of these safety rules, the amusement park will most likely may not be found negligent.

CONTACT TAMPA BAY PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS DOLMAN LAW GROUP

Serious injuries can be suffered if amusement parks are negligent in the maintenance of their rides and training of their staff. Like the report mentioned earlier in this blog, nobody should have to witness their child get harmed on a day when fun was all that was on the schedule. At Dolman Law Group, we fight to hold those negligent responsible for the harm they cause. If you believe you or a loved one suffered an injury on an amusement park ride as a result of that park’s negligence, contact our personal injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group by calling 727-451-6900 or emailing matt@dolmanlaw.com for a free consultation. We will be happy to take a look at your situation and determine if you have a claim.

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

http://www.dolmanlaw.com/practice-area/premises-liability/

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Who in Clearwater is texting while Driving?

woman texting and drivingThe development of the cell phone has been both a blessing and a curse. One can make a phone call, send a text message, check email, listen to music, take a picture, record a video, read the news, watch a YouTube video, video chat with someone across the world, etc., etc., all with a device that fits in your pocket. However, this technology has also increased the need for people to be connected to the internet and each other at all times. People carry their phones everywhere they go, constantly checking for any new notifications. We are constantly distracted, and this has never been more evident than when looking at the numbers of texting while driving accidents. At our Clearwater personal injury law firm Dolman Law Group, we see the consequences of these accidents and fight to hold the negligent parties responsible.

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING STATISTICS
  • In 2011, 23 percent of automobile accidents involved cell phones, causing 1.3 million crashes
  • When you text and drive, it takes a minimum of five seconds of your attention off the road. If you are travelling at 55 M.P.H., that is the length of a football field.
  • Text messaging makes an accident 23x more likely, dialing your phone increases your risk 2.8x, reaching for your phone 1.4x, and talking on the phone 1.3x
TEXTING WHILE DRIVING WIDESPREAD AMONGST THE YOUTH

82 percent of American teenagers age 16-17 own cell phones at the time they begin driving on their own. This, coupled with the widespread popularity of social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat amongst teens today, means that they will have to deal with these distractions at the same time they are learning the ways of the road. Here are some more number to show just how widespread the problem is:
  • 13 percent of drivers between 18 and 20 years old admitted to texting or talking at the moment they were involved in an accident.
  • 52 percent of American teenagers age 16-17 say they have talked on a cell phone while driving.
  • 34 percent of American teenagers age 16-17 say they have texted while driving.
  • 77 percent of young adults are confident drive or somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving.
  • 55 percent of young adult drivers believe that they can safely text and drive no problem.
  • 1 in 5 drivers admit to surfing the web on their phones while driving.
ADULTS NOT SETTING RIGHT EXAMPLES
  • 48 percent of young drivers have seen their parents talk on the phone while driving.
  • 27 percent of adults have sent or received text messages while driving.
  • 15 percent of young drivers have seen their parents text while driving.
CONTACT PINELLAS COUNTY PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM DOLMAN LAW GROUP

In the greater Tampa Bay area, traffic is at an all time high. So is cell phone use. Unfortunately, when these two meet, people get hurt. At Dolman Law group, our experienced team of distracted driving attorneys are dedicated to holding negligent parties responsible. We understand the danger of using a cell phone while driving and the harm it can cause. Florida lawmakers making texting while driving a secondary offense is a step in the right direction, but it is not doing enough. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a driver texting while driving, please call us at 727-451-6900 or email matt@dolmanlaw.com for a free consultation.

Statistics used found here.

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800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
727-451-6900

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Reports of Sexual Assault on the Rise at College Campuses

If you are the parent or guardian of a college student, the recent case of two University of Miami football players accused of raping a 17-year-old in a dorm room is chilling to think about. Nine out of 10 rape victims are women, according to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, and those under the age of 30 are at the greatest risk. Even more terrifying: 93% of young victims of sexual assault knew their attackers. On college campuses and other places with a large young adult population, the term “date rape” is unfortunately prevalent. Awareness leads to prevention and although the facts and statistics may be horrifying, it is important to understand rape and sexual assault and how to prevent them so you can feel safer about your college-aged children as they leave home.

sexual assaultDate rape and “acquaintance rape” both indicate that the victim was familiar with their attacker before the incident occurred. Both are particularly frightening, because the situation may begin with innocent fun and familiarity. Unfortunately, the addition of drugs or alcohol can turn an innocent party into a dangerous situation very quickly, especially with younger students who have little experience with parties, alcohol, and the opposite sex – a volatile combination. The relationship between such substances and date rape is why this form of assault is so prominent around college campuses, and why many victims of date rape are younger.

To raise date rape awareness, it is important to be aware of the techniques that would-be rapists often use. Alcohol alone can lead to a lack of motor functioning, confusion, or a loss of inhibition, but he addition of incapacitating substances, often referred to as “date rape” drugs, can intensify and hasten the reaction. Common date rape drugs, described in detail in womenshealth.gov, include rohypnol, commonly called “roofies,” Ketamine, and GHB. These drugs are available as liquids, powder, or pills that dissolve in liquid, making it simple to surreptitiously slip them into a victim’s drink. Effects can kick in relatively quickly after the drugging occurs, and include distorted perception, relaxation or drowsiness, loss of muscle control and other movements, and can lead to loss of consciousness, or blacking out. Larger doses can also lead to coma or death. Distortion and other similar effects make a victim more susceptible to rape, as they may not be aware of what is happening, or not have the control to defend themselves.

Protecting your child against date rape includes educating them on the dangers of alcohol and drug impairment, even if they are considered old enough to take care of themselves. Even if your child is of legal drinking age, be sure they are aware of date rape drugs, and know not to leave their drink unattended. Some straws and cups are being developed that can detect the addition of drugs in liquids, but these are not yet readily available. Encourage your student to employ the buddy system, attending social events with trusted friends. Teach them be alert to potentially dangerous surroundings and get out of any situation that seems toxic. Make sure they know the number of a local cab company, in case they need to get away from a party or club, but don’t want to drive with intoxicated friends.

Victims of Sexual Assault can Contact Dolman Law Group

Victims of sexual assault are often hesitant to make accusations, but the assistance of an experienced sexual assault attorney is vital to receiving the defense and compensation victims deserve for their physical and emotional trauma. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a sexual assault, schedule a free consultation with the Dolman Law Group at 727-451-6900, where sexual assault cases are handled with diplomacy, tact, and confidentiality.

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

http://www.dolmanlaw.com/practice-area/sexual-assault-attorney/

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Eight Great Summer Safety Tips

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An in-depth look at Diffuse Axonal Injuries

axonal injuryA Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI) is one of the most common and severe traumatic brain injuries one can suffer, and can happen without one being struck in the head or losing consciousness. A DAI often results in a coma, and in cases of severe DAIs, 90 percent of victims never regain consciousness. Those who do regain consciousness will suffer long-term impairments to their brain.

A DAI occurs when there is a tearing of the brain’s long connecting nerve fibers, or axons. This is a result of a brain violently shaking or rotating movement inside the skull. Car accidents and falls are the most common incidents where DAI occurs. It can also be a result child abuse, such as shaken baby syndrome.

Axons are grouped in large tracts along the brain, and are often referred to as “white matter” due to their color. Their job is to allow the brain’s neural processes, which is neurons communicating to each other. When these tracts of white matter are torn, extensive lesions form and result in coma and other sever injuries to the brain.

DIAGNOSIS OF DIFFUSE AXONAL INJURIES

Despite being a very serious and debilitating injury, DAIs are hard to detect.  It shows up very poorly, if at all, on CT scans or MRIs. The damages to the brain are microscopic. However, there are characteristics of DAIs they may show up on MRIs. A doctor can spot a DAI if they notice small bleeds in the corpus callousem or cerebral cortex. DAIs are classified into three grades — grade I, grade II, and grade III. A grade I DAI has widespread axonal damage but no concentrated abnormalities. Grade II DAIs have the same type of axonal damage as grade I, however, there is concentrated abnormalities, often in the cerebral cortex. Grade III DAIs combine the damage present in grades I and II, in addition to rostral brain stem injury.

TREATMENT OF DIFFUSE AXONAL INJURIES

Immediate treatment of DAIs will be focused on the reducing of the swelling of the brain. Swelling can cause further damage to the brain, and steroids or other medications will be used to reduce inflammation. Treatment for severe cases is unlikely, however, if one suffers a mild DAI, therapy will be used in the rehabilitation process after the victim wakes up.

Since one will lose the ability to carry out many basic functions of the brain as a result of suffering a DAI, they will most likely have to undergo the following therapy sessions:
  • Speech therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Adaptive equipment training and counseling
BRAIN INJURY LAWYERS ON THE FRONT LINES

Clearwater traumatic brain injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group understand the life changing effect TBIs have on both the victims and their families. If you or a loved one have suffered a Diffused Axonal Injury as a result of a car accident or fall, contact us today. We will never represent an insurance company and fight to ensure that you are compensated properly for the damages suffered.

Our teams of experienced attorneys are constantly keeping up to date with the latest science and technology developments in the medical field. Not only do we have the resources to take on the biggest insurance providers, we also have the resources to ensure that you received the proper medical diagnosis and treatment.

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

http://www.dolmanlaw.com/practice-area/brain-injury/

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