Personal Injury Attorneys in Clearwater
Did you suffer an injury in an accident in Clearwater, FL?
Were you injured in a car accident on the Causeway Bridge?
Did you slip and fall while staying at a resort on Clearwater Beach Island?
No matter where your injury accident occurred, you deserve to have a team of experienced Clearwater personal injury lawyers on your side from the very start.
At Dolman Law Group, we know how to aggressively represent injured accident victims in Clearwater, and we can help you obtain the money you need to recover. Call us today to learn more and schedule your FREE initial consultation. To schedule, call our Clearwater personal injury law office today at(727) 451-6900.
Clearwater Personal Injury
- Experienced Award-Winning Personal Injury Attorneys in Clearwater
- We Encourage You to Consider Your Legal Options as Soon as Possible
- Cost of Recovery After a Personal Injury Accident in Clearwater
- What You Can Expect When Partnering with Our Team
- Benefits of Hiring a Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer
- Clearwater Personal Injury Victims Who Hire Attorneys Recover More Money
- How Do I Know If I Should Hire a Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer?
- Types of Clearwater Personal Injury Claims We Handle
- Don't Hire a Jack-of-All-Trades to Handle Your Injury Case
- Why Proving Negligence Is a Must in a Clearwater Personal Injury Case
- Clearwater Personal Injury Cases Require Extensive Resources
- We Need Evidence to Support Your Case
- Our Clients in Florida Appreciate the Work We Do for Them
- We Offer All Prospective Clients Free Case Reviews
- Contact a Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
Experienced Award-Winning Personal Injury Attorneys in Clearwater
Dolman Law Group is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm headquartered in Clearwater. As of January 2021, our firm has recovered over $175 million for injury victims since our inception in 2009. Further, we have handled over 8000 personal injury cases. 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. Matthew and Stan have served as lead counsel on a combined 1,750 Florida personal injury lawsuits.
Insurance carriers are well aware of which Clearwater law firms actively litigate their cases as opposed to leaving money on the table. We are not a volume shop or settlement mill. We pride ourselves on providing personal attention to our clients. In fact, all clients receive the cell phone number of their handling lawyer and the managing partner of the firm.
We are the opposite of a high-volume heavy advertising firm that you will find on network television or the radio. Our team is focused on quality, not quantity. We have built the majority of our business off of word-of-mouth referrals from very satisfied former and current clients.
When you're injured in an accident, your life changes in a single moment. What was a normal, uneventful day quickly becomes a nightmare of stress, pain, and confusion. This is unfortunate, and we understand that. There is little anyone can do to alleviate these problems inherent in sustaining a serious injury.
However, once the initial shock is over, there is something that we at Dolman Law Group can do. We can help relieve you of the stress of dealing with an insurance company or the worry of whether or not you'll be able to pay your bills in the future. We do this by managing your personal injury claim and all it entails.
There is a reason why so many injured Clearwater residents and visitors choose our personal injury law firm after a serious accident. Our track record of success speaks volumes about the type of legal representation you will receive when you contact our law firm. Here are just some of 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
At Dolman Law Group, our Clearwater personal injury law office is conveniently located at 800 N Belcher Road, just a few blocks from NE Coachman Road and Palmetto St. We offer FREE initial consultations, so you can learn more about your legal options. During this evaluation and consultation, we can help answer all your questions and explore your legal options with you.
After an injury, we understand that you'll have questions: “What should I do next? What are my legal rights? Can I recover my losses? And if so, how do I proceed?” The answers to these questions may not be simple, but finding someone willing to help you answer them is.
We Encourage You to Consider Your Legal Options As Soon as Possible
Whether you suffered a collision, fall, or another incident, you have a limited time to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a) notes that you generally have four years to file your lawsuit. If you're filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you typically have two years to act, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d).
Could Any Exceptions Grant an Extension?
Florida Statutes § 95.051 notes that these circumstances could extend your filing deadline:
- You were hurt in a collision and the at-fault party fled the scene.
- The negligent party left the state.
- You were hurt as someone under the age of 18 years old.
- You didn't discover your injuries until after the accident happened.
We don't want you to assume that any of these factors apply to your case. Even missing the deadline by one day could forfeit your right to damages.
Cost of Recovery After a Personal Injury Accident in Clearwater
The most obvious cost of recovery after a personal injury in Clearwater is the medical costs, which can be extremely expensive. Depending on the injury, Clearwater accident victims often have to see many different doctors and healthcare professionals; all of them, of course, want to be paid.
You may have to go to the emergency room after your initial injury, visit specialists for particular body parts and problems, and follow up with chiropractors, primary care doctors, or other specialists. All of these places charge for time, supplies, imaging, diagnostics, and many more. Medical costs alone can become very costly.
Unfortunately, the expense doesn't end with the medical bills. In order to properly heal from your injury, one must take time off work; often, a lot of time. This can add up to days, weeks, or even months of time that individuals are often not paid for. Once a person is cleared to return to work, they often have to take off more unexpected time, especially when their injury causes them unexpected issues or they tire before the end of the day.
Injured victims must also attend follow-up appointments and treatments, often requiring even more time off work. This time off from work to recover and visit doctors, often means that an injured person loses income and benefits.
Other costs that Clearwater injured victims often overlook include physical therapy, modifications to their home, special accommodations to things like their car, and expensive surgeries. Injured victims must also pay for gas to get to and from appointments, medications, and medical supplies like bandages, braces, and the like.
What You Can Expect When Partnering with Our Team
Before we dive into your legal options, here's what you can expect from partnering with us:
- We will listen to your story during your free case review.
- We will discuss our contingency-fee-based arrangement.
- We will gather evidence and file your claim with the liable insurance company.
- If the insurance company is open to negotiations, we will present your case and push for what you need.
- If we can't reach a favorable settlement with the liable insurance company, we will file a lawsuit and manage everything your case involves.
Not every case follows this timeline. However, many do. You can trust us to keep you updated on your case as it unfolds.
Benefits of Hiring a Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer
At Dolman Law Group, our clearwater personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly to ensure that you get the best medical care and the most financial compensation you are entitled to. We want to help you get back to your normal life as quickly as possible. We begin with a free case evaluation. During this free meeting, we will discuss whether you have a viable personal injury claim and what your options are from there. We will also answer any questions that you may have.
Once you have made the decision to hire us, we will begin negotiating with the insurance companies to ensure you get maximum compensation. If they are not willing to pay what you deserve, we will file a lawsuit.
At Dolman Law Group, we have a reputation with the insurance companies for sticking to our word and filing a suit if necessary. Insurance carriers know which firms will settle for pennies on the dollar and which firms mean business. We are known to be the latter.
Hiring our Clearwater personal injury law firm means having the help of our skilled Clearwater personal injury attorneys at every step of the legal process. Dealing with insurance companies and court systems can be complicated and stressful. If you hire us, we will alleviate some of that stress by handling as much of the process as possible. And the best part? It's free until we recover your money.
It will always be our mission at Dolman Law Group to provide our clients with a small firm personal touch and big firm results; it's what we call the “Dolman Law Difference.” This means that every client will have access to their attorney.
We do this by providing clients with the personal cell phone number and email address of the attorney handling their case. This way, you can always contact us to ask questions or bring up any concerns.
Likewise, we will always make an effort to keep you up to date on the status of your case and let you know of any new developments. Schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys so you can sit down with them, ask them questions, and go over your case. There is no charge, no pressure, and no obligation.
Clearwater Personal Injury Victims Who Hire Attorneys Recover More Money
A study by the Insurance Research Council shows that injured victims who hire legal representation have a higher chance of recovering more money than they do on their own.
This is a simple concept. Insurance adjusters, and everyone else who works for these companies, handle accident cases every day. They are very, very familiar with how the cases work, terminology, and the ins and outs of settlements.
They know when someone will take less than their case is worth, how to manipulate people into thinking their low settlement is high, along with loads of other tricks to pay injured people less.
These companies have lawyers, experts, and analysts whose sole job is to increase the profits for their company. These insurance carriers are for-profit companies that are trying to cut costs and increase profits anywhere they can. When it comes down to it, they only care about their bottom line.
Of course, attorneys want to make a living too. But in a personal injury case, the attorney makes more when you make more. This provides the most effective incentive for your attorney to recover as much as possible.
You may wonder if the attorney fees will just eat up the extra money they recover for you. The answer is no because it's a percentage math problem. If you recover $4,000 on your own, and hiring an attorney got you $10,000, then you still make almost double more even after fees. It's a no-brainer.
How Do I Know If I Should Hire a Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer?
No accident is the same. Therefore, it might be difficult to tell if a Clearwater personal injury attorney is needed for yours. While considering your legal options, here are four scenarios that might help you decide:
You or a Loved One Has Sustained a Serious Injury or Permanent Disability
When it comes to your quality of life, there is no question you should hire a Clearwater personal lawyer if you have been seriously injured - or worse, permanently disabled.
After an accident, there is pain, suffering, and a mountain of bills to deal with. If you sustained an injury that is going to require long-term care or caused you a permanent disability, hiring a Clearwater personal injury lawyer could be the only way to prevent serious, lifelong financial stress for you and your family.
You Aren't Sure Who Is at Fault
When you are in an accident where it is unclear who was at fault, it can be very confusing, and you might be worried about possible bills you could be left with. If this should happen, you should absolutely consult with a personal injury lawyer.
In situations like this, the other party's insurance company will do anything in its power to try to blame you for your damages. Going over your accident with an attorney can help you protect your rights and defend you from counterclaims and crossclaims.
If There Are Multiple Parties Involved in the Clearwater Accident
Accidents involving multiple parties can become very tricky. Dealing with one insurance company is difficult enough to try and handle on your own; multiple insurance companies are even worse.
Personal injury attorneys have the experience necessary to deal with multiple insurance companies at once and to help build a case that will maximize their damages and potential settlement or jury verdict.
In the case of multiple parties being at fault for your injury, a personal injury lawyer will also have the skills necessary to ensure that you get all the compensation you deserve without leaving money on the table.
The Insurance Company Denied or Is Delaying Your Claim
Most people do not understand the very complicated laws and procedures that go along with a personal injury claim, and insurance companies prey on that.
They will often flat out deny a person's legitimate injury claim because they are aware that without a lawyer representing you, there is little you can do about it.
Some even delay your claim, knowing you will eventually give in because of all the bills you have been acquiring, so they will often use this position to offer a very small amount of what your claim is actually worth.
If either of these situations happens, you most definitely should consult with an injury attorney in Clearwater.
Types of Clearwater Personal Injury Claims We Handle
Personal injuries come in many different forms. Some of the cases we handle involve the following types of accidents and injuries:
Dolman Law Group has handled claims and car accident lawsuits against every conceivable auto insurance carrier. We routinely retain accident reconstructionists if liability is in question and biomechanical engineers to illustrate the force involved in a collision. We have resolved numerous car accident claims in the high six figures and several ranging over $1 million.
Commercial Truck Accidents
Far too often, personal injury lawyers treat semi-truck accident claims no different than a typical motor vehicle wreck. This is a HUGE mistake and will often result in leaving significant money on the table or shortchange a case going to trial.
A competent truck accident lawyer must be familiar with Federal trucking laws, including hours of service. Hours of service govern how long a trucker is allowed to be operating a big rig in one continuous shift, how many hours they can log in a week, and how often they must take breaks. Further, accidents involving a semi-truck are expensive.
We always retain an expert immediately to secure the black box and download the data. Further, we want an opportunity for our expert to view and inspect the truck before it is fixed. Dolman Law Group maintains a large credit line to finance the retention of experts and the work-up of our most complicated cases.
Many lawyers pose on a Harley and call themselves motorcycle accident attorneys. Don't be fooled by advertising. At the end of the day, all that matters is the competence and experience your lawyer/law firm has in handling motorcycle wrecks.
Our Clearwater personal injury lawyers have collectively handled over 600 motorcycle accident cases, including fatal ones. We are empathetic to the bias bikers face from insurance adjusters in general. Keep in mind what makes motorcycle accidents unique in Florida is that injured riders do not qualify for personal injury protection (PIP) insurance as such is limited to vehicles with at least four wheels.
Thus, an injured rider is at the mercy of his or her attorney to seek compensation from the negligent party. Further, an injured motorcyclist must not meet the “injury threshold” that is required when one is injured in a car accident. Our goal is to investigate the scene, your motorcycle, and the other vehicle as soon as possible.
Further, we generally retain experts, such as accident reconstruction experts, to help illustrate the liability of the opposing party. We also retain a vocational rehab specialist, if necessary, to demonstrate how the motorcycle accident will impact the rider's ability to maintain their job or obtain new employment going forward.
The use of these specialists is vital in showing the opposing party just how detrimental the accident was to the victim's life. Healing from a motorcycle accident is not a straight and easy road, and there are many different factors that can play into the process. A Clearwater personal injury lawyer can help you navigate these tough times.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
These are often some of the most complex cases. It is imperative the lawyer conducts a thorough investigation, as these claims rarely resolve short of a lawsuit. Thus, we often retain a human factors expert early and conduct a diligent investigation of the fall location.
Back and Neck Injuries
These overlap with car accidents, motorcycle wrecks, semi-truck collisions, slip and falls, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian injury claims. Over 50 percent of all negligence claims at our firm involve injuries to the spine, including, but not limited to, herniated discs, extruded disc fragments, vertebral injuries, and spinal cord injury.
We are familiar with the best spine surgeons and who testifies well in court to serve as a patient advocate.
Florida law governs the pecking order of which family members can make a recovery in the event of the wrongful death of a loved one. We have handled over 400 wrongful death lawsuits and claims throughout Florida.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
We have handled a large variety of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases, including diffuse axonal injuries (DAI), coup-contrecoup injury, post-concussion syndrome, loss of consciousness, and many others.
Drunk Driving Accidents
We represent victims of serious accidents involving the gross negligence of an individual or corporation after a motorist opted to operate their vehicle while inebriated.
At Dolman Law Group, we routinely represent victims of workplace accidents throughout Florida, and more specifically in Clearwater. Workers' compensation is a benefit available to a vast majority of injured employees so long as they sustained such ailment in the course of business.
Workers' compensation law determines who the injured worker can recoup money from and how much the individual is entitled to. Some of the benefits available include temporary total disability, permanent partial disability, permanent total disability, job re-training, the payment of medical bills, and death benefits if the employee died from a job-related injury.
We have experience representing Clearwater workers who have sustained the following types of injuries:
- Repetitive motion and trauma, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Back and neck injuries
- Shoulder injury
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Chemical burns
- Eye injuries
Nursing Home Abuse
Sadly, the abuse sustained by our elderly clients is often the work of employees and even residents of the nursing home or assisted living facility (ALF). We handle the following types of nursing home claims and lawsuits:
- Negligent retention and hiring of employees
- Inadequate training
- Medication errors
- Breach of statutory rights of residents
Other areas of Clearwater personal injury law we regularly handle are:
- Burn injuries
- Defective products
- Premises liability claims
- Construction accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Spinal cord injuries
- Birth injuries
- Dangerous pharmaceuticals (We are presently handling claims against the manufacturers of Zantac, talc powder, and Paraquat.)
- Dog bites
- Catastrophic injuries
Don't Hire a Jack-of-All-Trades to Handle Your Injury Case
Although all lawyers went to law school and have a general understanding of the law, this doesn't mean that all Clearwater personal injury attorneys are qualified to work a personal injury case effectively.
Finding an injury attorney in Clearwater who has practiced in one specific area means that they are familiar with the topic, understand changes in the industry, and have practiced the craft. At Dolman Law Group, we have years of experience and expertise so that we can effectively try your case.
Personal injury cases involve unique circumstances and legal issues, for example, the type of accident that occurred, who was negligent in causing the accident, the nature and severity of the injuries involved, the amount and types of losses, and many other factors.
They must also have the resources to gather evidence and expert witnesses, and the experience necessary to take on specialized cases; years of handling personal injury cases is the only way to ensure these resources are solid.
Dolman Law Group's legal team is highly experienced and well-versed in Florida law and how it applies to each type of accident and injury. We will use this knowledge and resources to tackle any issues head-on in an effort to ensure that you obtain the maximum recovery possible in your case.
Why Proving Negligence Is a Must in a Clearwater Personal Injury Case
Recovering compensation for your injury requires you to sufficiently prove that the other party(s) acted in a negligent manner, and damages were incurred.
This goes beyond just who was at fault or who was in the wrong. In fact, proving negligence requires a couple of things: proving duty of care, proving a breach of that duty, and proving that damage and losses resulted. This is done through the presentation of evidence to support these claims.
We must establish:
- The party owed you a duty of care in the situation. For instance, drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. Likewise, property owners have a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition for the safety of their visitors and guests.
- The party breached that duty and caused your injuries. When someone breaches their duty of care, they do something (or fail to do something) that caused or could have prevented the injury. For example, a person who was texting and driving breached their duty to drive safely and cautiously; if not for their texting, there would have been no collision.
- You suffered losses as a result. Finally, one must prove that they incurred losses as a result of the accident. It is not enough that a party had a duty of care, breached that duty of care, and an accident occurred; they must also prove that damages and losses resulted from that accident. Losses can include medical bills, lost wages and future earning capacity, lost benefits, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, physical pain and suffering, and more.
Personal injury claims are often mistaken as a supposedly simple area of the law. In actuality, the varying elements that make up a personal injury case present specific and complicated legal principles and standards. Despite what an insurance company might tell you, no personal injury case is simple. That's why you'll want an experienced personal injury attorney handling your case.
Proving negligence is just one of many ways that personal injury claims can become complicated. There are often multiple angles of negligence or multiple parties at fault; no insurance company or defendant is going to offer up this information.
Hire an attorney who can recognize these diverse angles so that they can work effectively and efficiently towards greatly increasing your compensation.
Clearwater Personal Injury Cases Require Extensive Resources
Just like any other legal case, personal injury cases in Clearwater require that evidence is presented in order to support the claims made. This is often in the form of medical documents, photos of injuries and damage, investigative reports, a recreation of accident scenes, and more.
All this evidence is necessary to prove negligence against another individual, a manufacturer, or a property owner.
Gathering this relevant evidence can be a challenging task that will require a significant amount of time, energy, and resources. Fortunately for injured victims in the Clearwater area, the Clearwater injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group have the necessary resources to conduct a thorough investigation.
Our Clearwater personal injury lawyers will spend the time and energy gathering the necessary evidence to win your case so that you can focus on your physical and mental recovery.
It should be mentioned that some evidence can only be collected by yourself or a trusted party since it needs to be gathered as soon as possible after the accident. Be sure to read the link below to find out more.
We Need Evidence to Support Your Case
Examples of evidence used in a Clearwater personal injury case include:
- Medical records
- Witness statements
- Police reports
- Video footage
- Cell phone records
- Vehicle maintenance records
- Expert analysis of the accident scene
- Expert testimony about the severity of injuries
- Testimony from economic experts
As you can see, some of the evidence is outside of the scope of everyday knowledge and available resources. That's why hiring a personal injury lawyer with the experience and resources to gather this evidence for you is so critical.
The insurance companies will try to convince you that your case is simple, and thus any of the complicated evidence listed above does not apply to your case. Do not buy this! If you have been significantly injured in an accident, the evidence listed above with be imperative in getting you the compensation you deserve.
At Dolman Law Group, we have spent years forming an extensive network of experts and investigators who are on-call to help with your personal injury claim.
Employing these resources, along with gathering the right evidence early, gives you the best chance of obtaining the greatest possible result in your injury case.
Our Clients in Florida Appreciate the Work We Do for Them
Here at Dolman Law Group, we're proud of the work we do for injured people and their loved ones. Some of our previous clients have shared:
- “I would highly recommend anyone reach out to this auto accident firm in Clearwater, Florida. Matt Dolman has helped me in countless ways and his legal staff is bar none. When Matt wasn't available, Julie McGrath was always more than happy to lend a hand and I always felt taken care of.” - Keith N.
- “I have known Matt Dolman and the Dolman Law Group for several years. They have always operated with the utmost of integrity and attention to detail. The quality of their work is very impressive and I recommend them without reservation.” - Daniel G.
You can read more about our client testimonials via our website.
We Offer All Prospective Clients Free Case Reviews
Dolman Law Group is eager to hear your story. That's why we offer free case reviews to those interested in exploring their options. This is your chance to:
- Ask questions about your situation
- Explore the possibility of working with our team
- Learn about our suite of services and previous successes
- Discuss sensitive aspects of your case with us
There is no obligation to partner with our firm. This is simply your chance to have your story heard and explore your legal options.
Contact a Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
When a preventable accident results in serious injuries, serious consequences can result. Victims can be left with hefty medical costs, diminishing incomes, permanent disabilities, and unknown future expenses and problems.
Victims may also experience substantial physical and emotional pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and loss of companionship, among other abstract damages.
Thankfully, Florida law allows for victims to be compensated for the economic and non-economic losses that they have endured as a result of a preventable accident.
Hiring an experienced Clearwater injury attorney who is willing to litigate your personal injury case can often help victims recover substantially more compensation than they would be able to on their own.
Combine this advantage with the stress-relieving factor of having an expert working on your behalf, and it's easy to see why it's highly advisable for an injured victim to discuss their options with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Our Clearwater personal injury law firm in Clearwater has been representing the legal rights of people injured in preventable accidents in and around the Clearwater area since 2009. Unlike many other personal injury law firms, we provide individualized representation to each client, whereas other “settlement-mill-type” firms focus on quantity over quality.
These mass-output firms work under the premise of getting a lot of clients a little bit of money. WE DO NOT.
We focus on quality representation rather than the quantity of clients. For us, reputation and word-of-mouth are everything. We also differ from these settlement mills in that we are prepared to take each case to trial if it's in the best interest of our client.
Insurance companies know which firms will settle easily and which ones will make good on their promise to take them to court if need be. This significantly increases our (and your) negotiating power.
If you have any other questions about your Clearwater injury or want to schedule a free consultation with a Clearwater personal injury attorney, feel free to call our office at (727) 451-6900. We look forward to hearing from you.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 N Belcher Rd
Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone: (727) 451-6900
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