Bradenton Personal Injury Lawyer

May 19, 2023 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman

If you are injured in a vehicle crash, on a job site, or from a fall at the local shopping mall, you may be eligible to file a claim against the negligent party and their insurance company. Our Bradenton personal injury lawyers know that you need someone on your side to help you navigate the complex legal process. When you're injured, don't spend your time negotiating with insurance companies or collecting evidence. After an accident in Bradenton, FL, you need to focus on what truly matters – your physical and emotional recovery.

Bradenton is a rare city that harmoniously combines family life, recreation, and incredible beauty right on the Manatee River just south of Tampa. However, that harmony can quickly fade when a personal tragedy, such as a horrible auto accident, changes your life forever.

When you need caring, compassionate lawyers with extensive legal experience to fight for you after a car accident or other personal injury, our local Bradenton law firm can help. With more than 120 years of combined experience, rest assured that we will go the extra mile for you.

Why Should You Choose Our Bradenton Personal Injury Lawyers?

Bradenton Personal Injury Lawyer

At Dolman Law Group, we provide personalized legal guidance for our injured clients. We meet with you personally to understand you and your case better. We then build a solid case to pursue maximum compensation. Depending on your unique circumstances, we may be able to recover financial losses such as:

  • Current medical expenses
  • Current lost wages
  • Future medical expenses
  • Future lost income and other financial benefits
  • The value of your emotional distress and mental anguish, and
  • Other damages related to your situation.

We have recovered over $400 million for injury victims since we first opened our doors in 2009 by handling over 8000 personal injury cases and helping 40,000 injured accident victims in Bradenton and throughout the state of Florida.

  • Matthew Dolman is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for settlements and verdicts exceeding $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Super Lawyer and to Florida's Legal Elite on numerous occasions.
  • Stanley Gipe is a board-certified civil trial lawyer as recognized by the Florida Bar.

Our track record proves the successful legal representation our law firm provides. Here are just some of the case results from our most notable personal injury cases:

  • $5 million for a car accident victim who suffered burn injuries
  • $3.85 million for a truck accident victim who suffered brain injuries
  • $3.2 million for a truck accident victim who suffered a brain injury
  • $1.75 million for an accident victim who suffered a shoulder injury in an accident on I-275
  • $1.58 million for a car accident victim who suffered a spinal cord injury

While past success never guarantees future results, you can rest a bit easier knowing you have our team on your side fighting for justice, including recovering appropriate compensation based on your injuries, financial harm, and the psychological damages you have suffered. And since you won't pay any legal fees until we successfully resolve your case, you can relax knowing you don't owe our law firm anything until you receive compensation at the end. 

At Dolman Law Group, our Bradenton personal injury law office is conveniently located at 6703 14th Street West, Suite 207. We are located just off Florida Boulevard and Highway 41. We offer FREE initial consultations, so you have nothing to lose.

During our meeting, we can answer all your questions and explore your legal options. If you are dealing with catastrophic injuries and you're unable to come to our office, don't worry. We will happily meet you wherever is most convenient for you, including your home, the hospital, or even your office.

Which Claims Can a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney in Bradenton Handle?

Bradenton Personal Injury Attorney

Here are a few common situations that can lead to personal injuries. When you have encountered any of these scenarios, reach out to our compassionate legal team.

Auto Accidents in Bradenton

Auto accidents are the most common source of personal injuries and can leave people with catastrophic injuries in desperate need of legal help from a Bradenton car accident lawyer. Whether the crash is caused by reckless driving, inexperienced drivers, or distracted driving, when the wreckage is cleared, those who are injured can face extensive medical bills and a long road to recovery.

An auto accident attorney's first step is to gather evidence to prove who is at fault in these accidents. Since Florida is a no-fault state, we generally help victims file claims with their insurers to receive personal injury protection (PIP) benefits. If we need to pursue additional payments outside of the PIP law, we can:

  • Investigate the accident to determine if other parties were at fault;
  • Subpoena the accident report prepared by law enforcement;
  • Gather evidence at the accident scene, such as skid marks, debris, and other proof of what happened;
  • Review photographs taken by witnesses, law enforcement, or the victim themselves; and
  • Study video footage from traffic cams or nearby buildings and businesses.

Bradenton auto accidents may include:

While Florida requires no-fault insurance and limits who can sue, you can pursue a fault-based claim when you suffer “serious” injuries or the cost of your medical care exceeds your PIP policy coverage. Even a broken arm might allow you to file a claim against the at-fault driver. Our attorneys can assess your options for free.

Bradenton Truck Accidents

The Bradenton truck accident lawyers at Dolman Law Group understand how to hold negligent truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for their actions under Florida law. Many truck drivers and the trucking companies that employ them also fail to follow federal regulations that control a truck driver's abilities, which can lead to Florida injuries and casualties.

Our firm will gather evidence, recreate the accident scene, discuss the incident with the insurers involved, and attempt to negotiate fair and equitable settlements for truck accident victims. No truck accident is too large for our dynamic firm, and we have the resources to file these cases against the truck driver and their employer to hold both the trucker and the trucking company accountable. 

Motorcycle Accidents in Bradenton

Without airbags, doors, or thick glass windshields.,motorcycle riders don't have much protection during an accident other than personal protective equipment such as helmets, pads, and front shields. Since motorcycles don't weigh much, accidents involving motorcycles are often catastrophic, and when a vehicle slams into a motorcycle, rider injuries are all but guaranteed.

Motorcycles deserve the same protections as other motor vehicles in Florida. Poor vehicle operator driving skills like following too closely, not seeing a motorcycle, or driving while impaired can cost the lives of motorcyclists. The Bradenton motorcycle accident attorneys at our firm understand the devastating nature of these wrecks.

Motorcycle crashes can lead to permanent paralysis, traumatic brain injury accidents, broken bones, and internal bleeding. Victims could face years of medical treatment and physical therapy. If the victim can't return to work, they can face lost wages as well.

The Dolman Law Group team works tirelessly to ensure that we litigate motorcycle accident claims in accordance with Florida law and our client's best interests. We could recover money damages to pay for your care, motorcycle replacement, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.

Distracted Driving Crashes

Texting while driving, which is now banned in Florida, causes more accidents today than when cell phones were first introduced. But distracted driving doesn't stop with texting. People reaching for children in the back seats, looking for notes on the floor, changing the radio station, eating, and applying makeup are other distractions that can lead to devastating collisions. Unfortunately, these accidents are increasing in frequency each year. 

Other Bradenton Personal Injury Cases We Can Help Resolve

Injuries can also occur in these common situations:

  • Premises liability accident: These injuries happen on another person's premises and include slip and fall accidents, workplace injuries, dog bites, and swimming pool accidents.
  • Other vehicle accidents: Commercial truck accidents, bicycle accidents, scooter crashes, ridesharing accidents (including Uber accidents and Lyft accidents), taxi collisions, and many other accidents fall into this category.
  • Pedestrian injuries: Pedestrians are afforded certain rights under Bradenton city laws and general state laws. If someone drives into a pedestrian while they're legally in a crosswalk, the injured party may bring a civil action against the driver.
  • Medical malpractice: Any medical professional who fails in their duty to properly treat patients under their care may face liability for medical malpractice.
  • Workplace accidents: If you sustain an injury while performing your job duties, you may qualify for workers' compensation or to file third-party liability claims.
  • Spinal cord injuries: If your spine was injured due to someone else's negligence, then you may be eligible for compensation.
  • Sexual Abuse: Taking civil action against an abuser and those who allow the abuse to occur could be the best way to seek justice for victims. Our Bradenton catholic church sexual abuse attorneys and Bradenton child sexual abuse lawyers protect and advocate for victims of clergy abuse and general child abuse victims.

What Monetary Damages Are Available in a Personal Injury Claim?

Florida accident victims may receive compensation based on two types of damages that one settlement would encompass: economic damages and non-economic damages. 

Economic damages are based on noticeable, calculable financial costs and losses, such as loss of income, medical expenses, and the victim’s future wages based on earning capacity. Future treatments, including physical and mental health, are calculable losses for which you could also recover compensation. 

Non-economic damages are considered subjective and have no preset monetary value. They cover costs such as pain and suffering, mental distress, loss of consortium, and the inability to return to the same quality of life you enjoyed before your accident.

What is "Pain and Suffering" in a Bradenton Personal Injury Claim?

In legal terminology, pain and suffering are the physical and emotional distress that often follows an incident where someone is injured. Regardless of severity, most victims experience some level of pain and suffering in almost all personal injury cases. Examples include continuous aches, limitations on physical activity, the potential for a shortened life, depression, PTSD, or physical scarring. When filing a personal injury lawsuit, plaintiffs commonly seek compensation for the pain and stress associated with their injury.

Our attorneys will evaluate your pain and suffering because we believe you deserve compensation for your intangible damages as much as your economic losses. We understand the industry norms and how the courts calculate these damages, and we use that knowledge and prior experience with similar cases to demand an appropriate amount for your non-economic losses.

Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney in Bradenton?

Most victims of horrific personal injury accidents don't know if or how they can hold responsible people accountable for their losses. Whether you were injured in a car crash or construction accident, you have rights. If you are concerned about affording an injury attorney or fear challenging a major corporation or large insurance company, we are here to protect you with no upfront cost for our services.

We represent personal injury victims and their families based on a contingency fee basis, so we only receive fees from the compensation you receive at the conclusion of your case. Other reasons to hire our personal injury firm include:

  • Working with experienced lawyers who understand how Florida laws apply to your unique situation;
  • Professional, skilled representation in negotiations and, if necessary, in court;
  • An increased chance of favorably settling your claim for more than you expected; and
  • Peace of mind that you have an advocate who has your best interests at heart.

Bradenton Personal Injury FAQs

Questions To Ask Your Bradenton Personal Injury Lawyer

Do you have questions about personal injury law in general? We have answers to some common client questions.

What Is the Time Frame to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Court?

Injured Floridians have two years to file personal injury lawsuits in civil court, starting from the time they sustained an injury. If filing against city, county, or government agencies, the time period may be shorter. There are exceptions to the two-year rule, for example, if the injured person is a minor or does not discover the injuries until later on. Speak with an experienced Bradenton injury lawyer to know which deadlines apply to your situation.

Can You Sue Cars With No Drivers?

You may have seen Google and similar vehicles with no drivers in their cars. And you’ve probably heard about several vehicle models with autonomous driving features. We know how to hold the companies that operate these vehicles accountable in this emerging field of law. Contact our firm immediately to discuss your options if your injury involves an autonomous car.

What Can I Do If I’m Injured at Work in Bradenton?

Workers’ compensation and civil action will depend on the circumstances of your injury. If you cannot work and need help to file your claim or have additional claims against a third party liable for your injuries, speak with a Bradenton personal injury attorney about your options. Free consultations are available.

What does “Wrongful Death” Mean?

Wrongful death means someone died either during the commission of another’s criminal behavior or as a result of someone’s negligence. We believe a family deserves justice for their lost loved one. The law in Florida says that all potential wrongful death claimants must join in one case, so speak with a wrongful death lawyer at Dolman Law Group to understand your rights.

In a typical wrongful death claim, certain family members and those named in the estate of the deceased can claim lost support and services, which may include probable future income of the deceased and the replacement value of lost support and services. The surviving spouse can claim lost support and companionship as well, otherwise known as loss of consortium.

How Long Do Bradenton Personal Injury Cases Take to Settle?

All injury cases are unique. Each person’s specific claim will take different paths, some of which settle well before trial, while others need a jury to decide. With evidence, investigation, court hearings, discussions, and mounds of paperwork that your case requires, it’s difficult to put an exact time frame on your settlement. Our firm will maintain contact with you as your case progresses.

Should I Speak With an Insurance Adjuster?

Speaking with an insurance adjuster could end badly if you are unrepresented. The adjuster may seem welcoming and understanding of your situation, but do not be fooled—they are almost certainly attempting to coax statements from you to decrease or deny the at-fault party's liability. Let your attorney protect you. Tell the insurance adjuster to contact your lawyer when they call.

Do Preexisting Conditions Qualify for Compensation?

You can receive compensation for your accident if you have a preexisting condition, especially if your condition was further aggravated in the accident or occurred because of a workplace injury. When your attorney reaches a settlement with the opposing party, they will break down how compensation was calculated.

If I Was Partially At Fault, Can I Still Receive Compensation?

You can still recover damages in your personal injury even if you were somewhat involved with the creation of the accident. However, this may reduce the compensation you can recover based on the portion of fault assigned to you by the jury.

Am I Required to Go to a Particular Doctor for Treatment?

In a workers’ compensation claim, you may need to see a doctor approved by the workers’ compensation insurance company. If another insurance adjuster or any other party coaxes you to use their doctor, contact us and continue to see your own doctor.

What Are Contingency Fees?

Contingency fees are based on an outcome. In personal injury law, your attorney will cover all costs associated with litigation, including travel, paying staff, filing court costs, and so forth upfront. If your claim succeeds, they will get paid a percentage of those proceeds; if not, you owe no attorney’s fees to the law firm that agreed to represent you.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

A good portion of cases will settle before trial, which is good for all parties involved. Most victims do not want to relive their accidents at trial, and insurance companies do not want to dump any more resources into legal fees than necessary.

Do you have additional questions that these FAQs did not cover? Contact Dolman Law Group for a free consultation. Remember, there are no fees for your initial case review, and we charge no fees unless your Bradenton personal injury lawyer recovers compensation for you.

To Learn More, Contact the Bradenton Personal Injury Lawyers at Dolman Law Group Today

No matter how careful you are, an accident of some sort may cause undue hardship in your life. If you have been injured by someone else's negligent, careless, or reckless behavior, count on Dolman Law Group to hold the negligent party accountable and help you put your life back on track. A compassionate personal injury attorney in our Bradenton office is ready to get to work for you.

With offices across both Florida coasts, you can easily reach Dolman Law Group at (941) 613-5747, or you can write to us using our online contact page. Consultations are always free. Reach out today.

Bradenton Office
6703 14th Street West Suite 207
Bradenton, FL 34207
Phone: (941) 613-5747

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Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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