Car accidents cause severe injuries, property damage, and fatalities every year. If you were involved in a car accident, a Boca Raton car accident lawyer on our team can fight for compensation to cover your medical costs and other losses.
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Dolman Law Group, Accident Injury Lawyers, PA: Serving Boca Raton and Palm Beach County Auto Accident Victims
Boca Raton has grown from only a few hundred people to nearly 100,000 in the last century. With some of the most affluent communities in the United States, gorgeous ocean fronts and beaches, and many opportunities for high-end shopping and dining, it should be no surprise that thousands of people want to live in Boca Raton or visit each year.
To support the population growth and tourism, Boca Raton has a network of roads and highways, including Federal Highway, Dixie Highway, and Mizner Boulevard, which runs along the popular Mizner Park shopping mall. Most people in the area drive cars as their primary form of transportation, and you can constantly see cyclists and pedestrians out and about, as well. With so much going on at any given time, the potential for accidents is high.
Video Transcript: Boca Raton Car Accident Lawyer
Hey, I'm Stan Gipe and I'm here with my partner, the other Dolman most people never get to see. It's Becky Dolman here.
And we're here for another edition of our David versus Goliath podcast. And today I think we're going to hit on, it may seem common sense to some people, but there's a lot that goes into it. But really more issues I guess as to why it's important if you get into an accident in the Boca Raton area, why is it important that you get an attorney and/or get one sort of quickly to deal with the problems? Now, Becky and I go through this stuff all the time, and what we always see is clients think it's kind of common sense. Well, I got injured, liability is clear, my injury is clear. Why do I need an attorney to get paid? And yeah, in general, if liability is clear and you've got an injury, that's the threshold you need to get paid from an insurance company.
And in theory, if an insurance company was looking to go out of their way and do the right thing and show you all the things you needed to give them and how they were evaluating the claim, you may be able to do this yourself. Problem is that's not the way it works. As soon as you go into this, and Becky can talk a little bit more about this, but as soon as you go into this, the insurance company has already started a process to devalue your claim. They're going to do everything they can to keep you from getting money. And as an attorney, you kind of got to do the opposite side. Becky, when people kind of first come into the firm, more like the very first things we're trying to make sure that they're aware of on their claims.
Yeah and I think what Stan said is so important. I know, especially when you're dealing with your own insurance carrier, if we're dealing with the UM or underinsured, you expect that they're going to be there to help you. But that's typically not the case. Insurance companies like to limit the value of claims. They don't want to have to pay them out. It's always important to have an advocate, an attorney, on your side who understands this with the insurance companies and that can help lead you through the process of the case.
For instance, if you're talking to an insurance company, they're going to tell you, "Hey, we want to do the right thing. We want to pay your claim." They're not going to tell you, "You need to get your butt out to the doctor and document your claim and document what's wrong." Because as soon as you do that, you're costing them money. It's the attorney that knows, it's kind of like this, you learn from your mistakes and you learn in hindsight, the vision's perfect. We've done this thousands of times, we've seen what insurance companies do, we've seen the tricks, we've seen things that they use against clients. What you may think is being a reasonable person, "Hey, I've got a back complaint, I've got a neck complaint, I've got a shoulder complaint." A normal person in a normal setting, you might wait a week to see if it's resolved.
You might wait and see if it goes away without care. That week you wait is what an insurance company's going to call a gap in treatment. They're going to say, "Hey, if he was really that injured, he would've been at the doctor. No one who has that kind of injury is going to wait a week to go treat for it." And they begin stacking the chips against you. First thing you got is day one, we don't want to have any gaps in treatment.
Now the other thing is, and Becky, you might get into this a little bit more too is, if you do not have an insurance company, you are making statements to the insurance company about your claim. You're the one that's talking to them. And how many times, Becky, has it been, that we've gotten into a claim where someone's tried to handle it in the beginning themselves and no matter how well intentioned they may have been, no matter how much they were trying to tell the truth, they've said stuff to the insurance company that has now forever sort of changed their claim in a bad way.
Correct and there's many reasons for that. You could do a statement with the insurance company before your real injury set in, for instance, with a whiplash or something like that. It could take a few days for you to feel the effects of that injury. Well, so if you don't feel the effects of that injury until day three, but you spoke to the insurance company on day one or two and said, "Oh, it's not that bad." When you try to then later say, "Actually I did feel injured." They'll say, "Well, look at what you said on day one or day two. You said it wasn't that bad."
Another thing I've noticed, and this is especially with women, is that we tend to downplay anything that's wrong with us. If you don't talk to your attorney first and you talk directly to the insurance company and they're asking you about your injuries, oftentimes there's an, "Yeah, I hurt here, but it's not that bad. I think I can deal with it." Things like this, which is terrible for your case, which you should never say if it's not true. It's just something that typically women do when they're talking about injuries to themselves. It's important to talk to your attorney first, to make sure you're giving the proper information on your ailments and that you're saying it in a way that doesn't look wishy-washy later.
Well, and I'll take it even one step further because the insurance company is going to spin what you say, and I've had this exact scenario pop up. Insurance company speaks to the person and says, "Hey, how are you doing today?" They say, "Oh, I'm doing okay." And then continue with the rest of the conversation about facts of the accident, et cetera, that, "I'm doing okay," doesn't get recorded on a conversation, but what happens is the insurance adjuster makes notes and in the insurance company adjuster's notes, "I'm doing okay," equates to claimant denies injury. And you're thinking, "Well, no, I just said it's okay because that's how we talk," but it's going to be used against you and you're not going to know that for three or four months down the road. And then somewhere they're going to go, "Well, they spoke to our insurance adjuster three days after the accident and denied any injury whatsoever."
And now you got this person scratching, "I don't remember calling them and saying I wasn't injured." But that's sort of the subtle twist and subtle things insurance companies do. The other thing, your primary care doctor, your standard doctors are not going to want to deal with these injuries. 95% of them aren't familiar with the billing structure. They're not familiar with the notes that need to be there and the way these files need to be documented. What happens is you get this file, you go to this doctor who's truly, truly worried about getting you better. Well, in my setting, let's say you've got the flu. You go to a doctor, all that doctor's got to worry about is getting you better from the flu. In our setting, we need someone to confirm that you didn't have the flu two days earlier and that the flu was caused by an interaction with a specific person.
Most doctors don't care about that. They don't care what caused the injury as much as they care about fixing it. In our industry, I need someone who's going to carefully document the cause and work to document that it wasn't there before the accident, because the insurance company always hires a doctor. These doctors are known as compulsory medical examination doctors. And I guess I got to be careful about what I say about them when we're out here in public. But inevitably, 95% to 99% of the time, they see a person who has had injuries and had all these different things. They can't seem to find an injury related to an accident or if there was an injury related to the accident, it went away. It was a brief sprained strain type of scenario.
If we've got our doctor, who's your primary treating doctor, who really doesn't care about causation, he's like, "Look, I don't care about that. I just trusted what this guy said." And an insurance company doctor who's going to advocate against causation, you're in a bad position. You need to have a doctor on the front end who knows how to document the causative aspects of the claim, so when that insurance company doctor gets in, it's already there.
I can't tell you how many times we get the call go out, "Well, I was going to handle this on my own, but now it's really not working out right, it's kind of going south." Once it's going south, it's too late. We can't get in there and fix what should have been done in the beginning. That's why you see it all the time. You see that it's super important to get out there and call an attorney right off the bat. It's super important, even if you don't want to make a claim, we will give you free advice. We'll tell you how to get the car fixed. We'll tell you how everything works. We'll point out the different aspects of the claim you need to know about. If at the end of that phone call you don't want to sign up with us, that's fine, but you at least, everyone needs to know there are important aspects of the claim.
Insurance companies work right away to stop you from getting the money you deserve. It's important that you have an advocate on your side. We'd love it if people chose us. We want your business, we want everyone to hire us. But if for some reason, you're not hiring us, you're listening to this podcast and you've got an allegiance with someone else, hire someone, just make sure you got someone who knows what they're doing, navigating you through that process, because I can promise you at the end of the day when you turn around and look back, if you've not done it before, you're going to be amazed at how some of the things that you did, to be honest, with a somewhat naive approach to the insurance company, really come back to bite you in the butt.
Yes. And I would say one last caveat to discuss is the importance of taking photographs of the scene when your accident occurs. This is a thing that you get into your accident and you haven't hired an attorney yet or talked to anybody. If you can take any kind of documentation from the scene, witnesses' names, photographs, these are all wonderful things that are going to help whatever attorney you hire, pursue your claim.
Okay, and I will tell you, if you can get this, the single biggest thing you want to get, if you can't get the police there, even if you can, if you can get the defendant on tape admitting that the accident is his fault. We're in Florida, you were at the accident. You saw what happened, you know the other guy ran the red light, because you were there. You get the police report. The police report says the other guy ran the red light, because you know what, he admitted that to the cop at the scene. We got it all buttoned up, and a year down the road, you get to a deposition, other guy says, "Well, I didn't run the red light. It was the other person that ran the red light." Well, guess what? Police reports not admissible. Can't use that, there's a law in the state of Florida that says you cannot use the police report.
Suddenly, who do you have there to verify that this other person ran the red light? Nobody. You're in a he said, she said scenario, where each one of you's pointing the finger at the other, and it's a horrible situation to be in. The police report is not admissible. No matter what it says, you can't get it in front of a jury. If the person on the other side is going to deny what happened, is going to now blame you after the fact, that's a real problem and you have to deal with it.
These are all things that we begin dealing with right away. We can look at this and go, "Okay, we don't have a solid witness on the police report. Are there some cameras? Did anyone see it?" We start reaching out and getting these things. There's a lot of stuff that an attorney does in the inception of the claim, which may seem routine or may not seem important, but down the road, you're going to be so glad you had someone point you in the right direction at that first stage of the claim. Becky, let me ask you, we've got a very robust website. Where is it that people can one, locate more information about their claims?
Well, of course you can go and look at any of these blogs that we have done previously on the website. There's also a plethora of information on each of the practice pages that tell you everything you need to know about hiring an attorney and these steps that you should go through when making that choice.
Yeah, if you go to dolmanlaw.com, that's going to be the big overall starting point, you can find information on just about any claim you want. You can find contact information for us anywhere, anytime. You can reach us anytime on the internet. The best way to reach us is at domanlaw.com, via the internet. And we've also got an 800, our toll free number you can reach out and call us on, or you can email us. Becky, do you have our 855 number there?
Yes. You can reach us at 833-55-CRASH, C-R-A-S-H.
Yes or on dolmanlaw.com. Those are two primary ways to reach us. But even if you're just thinking about it or we've peaked your interest, you get a couple questions, go to the website, you can find more information on anything we've discussed there today. But yeah, it's always a pleasure talking to you and any questions you got, reach out to our firm, we're always happy to help even if you just have an inquiry.
It's been another episode of David versus Goliath, a little short one today, just to get some information out there for people in Boca Raton. But people can feel free to reach out to us at any time for any reason.
A Car Accident Lawyer Serving Boca Raton Can Take On the Insurer for You
A sudden car accident can disrupt your life in many ways. Many injuries require you to stop everything and undergo treatment, which may include refraining from working or engaging in your usual activities. In addition, car accident injuries can be painful and difficult to deal with. Some victims may even suffer permanent injuries - a constant reminder of their car wreck for the remainder of their life.
While dealing with the aftermath of a car wreck is never easy, receiving compensation for your harms and losses can ease the stress and financial burden of a serious injury. However, many car accident victims might be unsure of their rights or the necessary steps to take to seek compensation.
Dolman Law Group, Accident Injury Lawyers, PA is a law firm comprised of experienced lawyers for car accidents with the necessary financial resources to take on any corporate defendant, including the largest insurance carriers. Our Boca Raton car accident lawyers can help you pursue your legal options for compensation. Please call our office or contact us online to learn more about our services today.
Why Dolman Law Group, Accident Injury Lawyers, PA?
Dolman Law Group, Accident Injury Lawyers, PA is a nationally-recognized and award-winning law firm with a track record of success. The car accident lawyers at Dolman Law Group, Accident Injury Lawyers, PA have a combined 115 plus years of experience handling serious and often catastrophic injury claims. Our law firm has recovered millions for victims of serious injury and those who have been wronged by others.
Our law firm routinely litigates auto accident injury cases in Palm Beach County as well as courts throughout Florida on both coasts. Further, we have litigated auto accident injury cases against practically every conceivable insurance company.
Meet Some of Our Attorneys
Matthew Dolman is a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is an exclusive group of lawyers (less than 1% of practicing attorneys) who have obtained a jury verdict or settlement in excess of $2 million. Matthew has also been selected as a Florida Superlawyer and to Florida Legal Elite by his colleagues on multiple occasions.
Stanley Gipe is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar. Board Certification by the Florida Bar designates the particular lawyer as an expert in their discipline. Insurance carriers are well which law firms aggressively litigate their cases as opposed to the high volume firms that often leave money on the table.
Matthew and Stanley are just two of the eight accident lawyers at Dolman Law Group, Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call us today for a free consultation. Do not trust any insurance company (not even your own) after an auto accident. An adjuster is simply looking out for the best interests of their insurance company. We want to look out for you.
Previous Clients Call Our Firm the “Best of the Best”
Those we've fought for in the past know our services best. You can read some of our most recent five-star reviews from Boca Raton car accident clients below.
- “Dolman Law Group will go to all ends of the earth to make their clients a priority, put their best interests before any of their monetary gain, and just overall easy to communicate with.” - Marla Wissel
- “This firm is by far the best of the best for car accidents in the area. They do a great job coordinating everything with their clients, keeping them in the loop during the process, and communicating at a very efficient level.” - Cheryl Stanzel
- “I cannot be more thankful I met Becky Dolman. She is a tremendous car accident attorney and will do whatever it takes to help her clients and put them in the best position possible.” - Peter Sankil
We strive to bring the same quality service to each case we handle in Boca Raton and other Florida communities.
Hiring Our Car Accident Attorneys Won't Add to Your Financial Worries
Our personal injury firm has a contingency-fee policy, meaning our car accident lawyer fees are contingent upon winning your case. A car accident lawyer from our firm will never charge fees up front to get started on a case or request our attorney's fees before securing a settlement or court award for our clients.
Car Accidents in Boca Raton & Florida
You can go years without being involved in a crash, but it is important to be aware that a crash can happen at any time. Accidents are more common than most people realize, and the following are some statistics from 2020 from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV):
- 569,182 drivers were involved in 341,399 reported accidents
- On average, 933 crashes happened each day
- Accidents caused 196,818 injuries
- Accidents caused 15,614 incapacitating injuries
- Accidents caused 3,332 fatalities
These statistics are staggering and demonstrate that you are at risk of getting into a crash anytime you drive. While you can never be fully prepared to handle severe injuries, you can remember that you have rights and help is available.
Reported Car Accidents Involving Injuries in Boca Raton
What Caused Your Boca Raton Car Crash?
It is important to identify what caused your Boca Raton accident and whether another party may be held liable - especially in cases involving serious injuries. Someone can be liable if their negligence led to the crash, which means that they breached their duty to drive safely in some way. Your car accident lawyer will gather evidence to prove fault in your claim.
There are many different acts of negligence that may be involved in car accident cases, including the following:
- Distracted driving - In recent years, Florida has ranked as the second-worst state for distracted drivers and has some of the least stringent texting and driving laws in the entire United States, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Distracted drivers are a real threat on Florida roads and Boca Raton is no different. While many driving distractions do involve smartphones and other handheld devices, even hands-free technology can cause serious distractions, often while the driver believes they are being safe. Distracted drivers can operate their cars erratically or may not notice traffic or obstacles until it is too late to avoid a serious crash.
- Impaired driving - Even though every driver should fully recognize the risks and potential consequences of drunk or drugged driving, people continually make the dangerous decision to drive while they are impaired. While law enforcement officers are on the lookout for drunk drivers, it is impossible to catch every driver and often, a driver will cause a serious crash before they are arrested. While an arrest can lead to criminal consequences, it can do surprisingly little to compensate accident victims for their injuries and losses. Instead, victims of impaired driving crashes should contact an attorney who understands how to handle this type of case and protect their rights.
- Aggressive driving - It's all too easy to become frustrated or impatient with other drivers, especially if you are in a rush. Some drivers allow such frustration to escalate and cause them to become aggressive on the road or to even develop road rage. Aggressive drivers can be erratic, can violate numerous traffic laws, and may even try to threaten or injure other drivers on purpose. If you see signs of aggressive driving, you should always give that vehicle space, and if you are hit by an aggressive driver, our law firm is here to help.
- Violating traffic laws - Florida has hundreds of traffic laws on the books, all of which are intended to keep motorists safe. When a driver fails to adhere to these laws, they put others at risk of a serious accident and injuries. Some common dangerous violations include speeding, following too closely, failing to obey signs and signals, and failure to yield, among many others. Like drunk driving, a traffic citation or arrest is not enough to ensure that accident victims are properly compensated for their losses.
The above are only some examples of negligence that can cause Boca Raton car accidents. Our attorneys can evaluate what happened and advise you about your options to recover your losses.
Common Car Accident Injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries: Injuries suffered to the head that damage the brain. These injuries can be caused by either a direct blow to the head or by violent shaking of the head as well. These injuries typically result in impairment of a person's cognitive abilities and can potentially be permanent. Common traumatic brain injuries include concussions, brain contusions, and coup contrecoup injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries: Damage to the spinal cord can affect the body's ability to send and receive messages to and from the brain to the rest of the body. A common effect of a severe spinal cord injury is paralysis. Spinal cord injuries can often be permanent and cause incontinence, motor function issues, and issues with sensation in the limbs.
- Broken or fractured bones: The immense trauma that can come with a car accident can easily lead to a driver or passenger's bones being broken or fractured. Depending on which bones were affected, the severity can vary greatly. Broken hips, vertebrae, and pelvises can often be very serious. Broken legs and arms can be less severe, but they can knock people out of commission for long periods of time.
- Whiplash: When someone is struck by a car, their head may jerk violently due to the inertia of their body moving while another force acts on the vehicle. These immense forces acting on a person's head and neck can cause whiplash, which can end up being serious if untreated. Whiplash can cause severe headaches and pain in the neck and back.
Our Boca Raton Car Accident Attorneys Can Help You Collect Damages
Every Boca Raton car accident is different, and victims can have extremely varied injuries and losses. Some damages a car accident lawyer may be able to help you get compensation for after a crash may include:
- Costs of past and future medical care
- Lost income from missed work
- Lost earnings if a victim is unable to return to work
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injuries
Some injuries may require a course of medical treatment to heal, but an injury victim may be able to return to life as they knew it in a few weeks or months. However, medical treatment is costly, and any lost income can negatively affect your household finances.
Even if your injuries were not life-changing, you still deserve full financial recovery. On the other hand, some car accidents can permanently disrupt the lives of victims. Your exact damages will affect the financial recovery you can receive.
Economic and Non-Economic Damages May Be Available for a Collision
When someone suffers a permanent injury that causes impairments or disabilities, almost every aspect of their life can change. The financial losses may be ongoing and devastating, as can the pain and suffering that comes with catastrophic injuries.
These cases can be particularly complex, as you must consider the lifelong losses you face. There is so much on the line, and it is critical that you have a legal team with the knowledge and resources to represent you in these claims. At Dolman Law Group, Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we know that your situation after a car accident is unique and that your injuries and losses can have a serious impact on your life.
Our Boca Raton car accident lawyer will handle all types of injury cases, including those involving permanent injuries. Please do not hesitate to call to learn more about how we may help you. We want to take the legal burdens off your shoulders during this time - this way, you can focus on your health and on your medical care.
Seeking the Financial Relief You Need in Boca Raton
Car accident claims in Boca Raton are no simple matter. First, in many cases, the law requires you to file a claim with your own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance, even if you were not at fault (Florida Statutes § 627.736). This no-fault insurance coverage is limited, however, and often does not fully cover car accident losses. Even if your losses are within the policy limits, receiving full compensation from PIP coverage can be difficult - even though it is your own insurance policy.
You may want to discuss your situation with a Boca Raton car accident attorney before filing your claim or accepting any settlement offer. If your injuries are serious, it is likely that your PIP policy will not be sufficient to cover your losses. If this is the case, your lawyer can identify whether you have the right to take additional action by filing a claim against the at-fault driver's insurance policy.
You may need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver to receive the settlement offer you deserve. Our Boca Raton car accident lawyers develop legal strategies in each case to best protect your rights to full compensation, and we handle every step of the insurance and litigation process.
You Can Contact a Boca Raton Car Accident Attorney's Team to Discuss a Claim
The lawyers at Dolman Law Group, Accident Injury Lawyers, PA understand how stressful a car accident can be. We have seen the struggles of our clients with serious injuries and new financial, physical, and emotional challenges in life. We handle all aspects of your case to ease your stress and allow you to focus on your recovery from your injuries. Our car accident legal services include:
- Listening to your account of the collision during a free consultation
- Reviewing the accident report and other evidence to determine the accident's cause
- Identifying the liable parties and building a case against them
- Estimating the case's value based on your injuries, expenses, and losses
- Navigating insurance policies and filing the necessary paperwork
- Negotiating for a fair settlement that accounts for your damages
- Determining how long you have to file a lawsuit before the filing deadline expires
- Advocating for you in and out of court
- Providing insight and guidance so you can feel confident in your case
This is a law firm that other firms often refer their biggest and most complicated cases to. Whether you need a personal injury lawyer in Tampa or a car accident attorney in Boca Raton, Dolman Law is here to help the people of Florida to seek justice.
Car crash victims often wonder when to get a lawyer for an auto accident. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can review your case and pursue the compensation you deserve.
Call Our Team to Hire a Car Accident Attorney in Boca Raton
You can learn more about working with an Boca Raton personal injury lawyer through a free consultation with our firm. Case evaluations come with no obligation, so please call us or contact us online for more information today. We are available for a free consultation to discuss your potential case.
Dolman Law Group, Accident Injury Lawyers, PA serves clients throughout Palm Beach County and South Florida, including Fort Lauderdale and North Miami Beach. A car accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you need to move on with your life with your accident-related expenses covered, knowing you're going to get the care you need.