Clearwater Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured as a result of an automobile accident, the advice and representation of a Clearwater car accident attorney will help you navigate the complicated legal issues that are to come. At Dolman Law Group, a plaintiff law firm that focuses solely on personal injury law, we have seen first-hand the devastating consequences an automobile accident can have on innocent victims and their families. Just a few of the issues that arise after a car accident include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Car repairs
- Florida’s No Fault Insurance System
- Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
How We Differ From Other Clearwater Personal Injury Law Firms
We are Clearwater law firm committed to obtaining the maximum recovery possible for our clients.
Many attorneys represent auto accident injury victims while handling multiple additional areas of practice, including criminal defense and family law. It is very difficult for an attorney to handle a number of different areas of practice, stay up to date on the most recent changes in each discipline, all while developing a strong level of competence in representing auto accident victims. It is our earnest belief that by focusing only on the area of personal injury law we can avoid being a “jack of all trades and master of none.” We are proud of the reputation we have earned as aggressive advocates for the injured throughout Clearwater and the Tampa Bay area.
At Dolman Law Group, we have a full-time investigator on staff. He is a former police officer with significant experience with investigating the cause of car accidents. Further, we communicate with and retain highly regarded medical experts and automobile accident reconstruction experts to enable us to properly work up the case. Our goal is to maximize the compensation you may recover for injuries sustained as a result of the auto accident. Thus, as Clearwater car accident attorneys, we are both as thorough and diligent in each case we work on.
A client should be able to promptly get a hold of their attorney. All of our Dolman attorneys list their numbers and email addresses on their business cards. It’s rare for an attorney to provide his/her client with their personal cell phone number, but this is common at Dolman Law Group.
A licensed attorney, as opposed to a Paralegal, should handle your case. While we employ a staff full of Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Clerks, and Investigators, the Clearwater car accident attorney will control the decisions and strategies related to the handling of a claim or case. The staff simply assists the attorney. It is that simple and that is what you pay for.
What Should I Do... I Was Just In A Car Accident Which Was Not My Fault?
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a motor vehicle accident, let us review your case and provide you with a free, no obligation and confidential consultation. If you want an auto accident attorney you can talk to that understands your situation, maintains an active litigation practice and is committed to zealously handling your claim, contact us today.
- Check for injuries to you, passengers, and the other party.
- Call 911 to ensure that medical professionals come to the scene to assess and treat injuries. Further, it is important for law enforcement to be dispatched to clear the scene and properly record all relevant information concerning the auto accident.
- Obtain the name, address, phone number and insurance information for the other party—as well as all the information of all witnesses of the accident.
- Take photos of both your car and the other party’s automobile. It is essential that we can illustrate the extent of damage that each automobile sustained. Take photos of your injuries if bruising, abrasions or anything else is visible as a result of the auto accident.
- Report the accident to your insurance carrier.
- Do not provide a recorded statement. These statements can later be utilized against you and it is common for such statements to be taken out of context.
- Get checked out by a physician immediately.
- Consult with an experienced injury lawyer.
How Do Insurance Carriers Handle Automobile Accident Victims and Their Case?
Time is of the essence when you are involved in a car accident. The at-fault party’s insurance carrier will try to contact you and secure a quick settlement that fails to account for whether you have suffered a permanent injury and the likelihood that you may require future ongoing medical care. Further, it may take time to determine the extent of your injuries and how you respond to treatment. Thus, it is essential that you avoid a premature settlement.
The insurance company begins with an enormous advantage due to its vast army of attorneys and adjusters who are trained to minimize the amount your claim is worth. The insurance companies have tremendous financial resources and a laundry list of excuses and arguments a Claims Adjuster will utilize to reduce or deny compensation to an injured party.
At Dolman Law Group, our obligation is to our client. Our goal as your Clearwater car accident attorneys is to prevent the insurance companies from taking advantage of our injured clients. We are committed to holding insurance carriers accountable for improper claim handling by failing to act in a reasonable manner and adhere to the fiduciary duty they owe to the insured. Inherent in every insurance policy (which is a contract) is the implied duty of good faith and fair dealing.
It is also important to note that if you are a victim of an auto accident involving minor property damage, it is possible to suffer a painful and often permanent injury as a result. The insurance company will likely offer very little compensation as it will argue that it is impossible or highly unlikely to be injured as a result of an alleged minor accident or minor impact. Insurance companies are notorious for denying, delaying and attempting to minimize such claims.
The majority of cases our Florida accident lawyers handle are serious injury claims. The Clearwater auto accident lawyers at Dolman Law Group have a track record of success in obtaining fruitful recoveries for Florida injury victims. Our law firm has successfully settled and resolved injury claims of all types and recovered in excess of $5,000,000 for auto accident victims in 2011 alone.
The insurance carrier often has attorneys on staff reviewing their exposure and working diligently to minimize their exposure. Thus, it is essential that you retain a competent Clearwater car accident attorney that is well versed in the tricks and methods employed by insurance adjusters. We routinely represent Tampa Bay and Clearwater auto accident victims; the insurance carriers are well aware of our reputation for maximizing the amount the case is worth. Our attorneys are all too familiar with the tactics employed by insurance carrier to protect their own financial interests. If necessary, we will take a case to trial if the insurance carrier is not willing to provide a reasonable settlement offer.
Obtain a Free Case Evaluation and Consultation with a Dolman Law Group Attorney
Under Florida’s no-fault system (Florida Statutes Section 627.736), if you suffer an injury as a result of an auto accident, the personal injury protection (PIP) portion of your insurance will pay eighty percent (80%) of your reasonable medical expenses related to injuries sustained in the accident, and sixty percent (60%) of your lost earnings, regardless of who caused the accident. The legislative purpose of Personal Injury Protection is to enable a victim to receive expeditious medical treatment regardless of fault as opposed to waiting for a court of law to determine liability.
Serious bodily injury can be sustained not only from the initial contact with another vehicle, but also from the secondary impact within your own vehicle (i.e., the dashboard or steering wheel, etc.). Automobile accidents remain the leading cause of death among young adults. Under Florida Statutes, you may be able to seek compensation for medical bills; lost wages, car rentals and repairs, and any pain and suffering you’ve endured as a Florida car accident victim. Many car accident victims expect their respective insurance carrier to settle their claim in a prompt and fair manner. However, the insurance company answers to their shareholders and policyholders. Sadly it is common for the insurance company to negotiate in bad faith when attempting to resolve an automobile or other personal injury claim. Bad faith can be defined as unreasonable or unfair claims handling by an insurance company.
If you have been injured in Florida as a result of an automobile accident, contact Dolman Law Group for a Clearwater car accident attorney and/or personal injury attorney available to speak with you today. With offices located in Clearwater and Bradenton, we are able to advocate for our clients throughout the State of Florida and more specifically in Pinellas County, Pasco County, Hillsborough County, Manatee County, Sarasota County and Charlotte County. The Dolman Law Group represents injury victims residing in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Bradenton, Sarasota, Pinellas Park, Largo, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Ozona, New Port Richey, Port Richey, Hudson, Spring Hill, Trinity, and Clearwater Beach. Located in central Pinellas County, our office is only a short drive from both Tampa and St. Petersburg.
We offer a free consultation and will gladly explain how Florida no-fault insurance works, the facts of your accident and scope of our representation. For more information, please call Dolman Law Group at: (727) 451-6900 or email us at: email@example.com
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