Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys in Clearwater, Florida
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 seriously unfortunate; we understand that. There is little anyone can do to alleviate these problems from the situation. But once the initial shock is over, there is something that we at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 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 ensuring that your get the most possible out of your case.
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.
Cost of Recovery After a Personal Injury
Recovering from an injury can not only be physically and emotionally draining, but it can take a financial toll as well. Of course, if you are eligible for insurance or healthcare coverage, this can help alleviate some of the strain, but this is not always so straight forward; additionally, there are many expenses that these systems don’t cover. Hiring a personal injury attorney can help you to manage the big expenses as well as the small, because in the end, they all add up.
The most obvious cost of recovery after an injury are the medical costs, which can be extremely expensive. Depending on the injury, accident victims often have to see many different doctors and healthcare professionals; all 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. The point is, medical costs alone can become very cost.
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 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 work to recover and visit doctors, often means that an injured person loses income and benefits.
Other costs that injured victims often overlook include physical therapy, modifications to their home, special accommodations to things like their car, and expensive surgeries. Inured victims must also pay for gas to get to and from appointments, medications, medical supplies like bandages, braces, and the like.
Hiring An Attorney Can Take Away Some of the Stress
At Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we 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, 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 mean business. We are known to be the latter.
Hiring our law firm means having someone to help you 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 Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 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 known of any new developments. Schedule a free consultations 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.
To schedule, call our Clearwater office today at 727-451-6900.
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 [Source]. This is a simple concept. Insurance adjusters, and everyone else who works for these companies, handle accident cases everyday. 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 actually high, and 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 who 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 you as much as possible.
You may wonder if the attorney fees will just eat up the extra 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 brainier.
We are dedicated to helping personal injury victims.
Personal injuries come in many different forms. Some of the cases we handle involve the following types of accidents and injuries:
- Auto accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Back and Neck injuries
- Wrongful death
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Drunk driving accidents
- Burn injuries
- Defective products
- Premises liability claims
- Construction accidents
- Workers Compensation
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Spinal cord injuries
- Birth injuries
- Dangerous pharmaceuticals
- Dog bites
- Nursing home abuse
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 law, this doesn’t mean that all attorneys are qualified to work a personal injury case effectively. Finding an attorney who has practiced in one specific area means that they are familiar with topic, understand changes in the industry, and have practiced the craft. At Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA we have spent years experience and expertise so that we can effectively try you 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 gathering 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’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.
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Why proving negligence is a must in a personal injury case.
Recovering compensation for your injury requires you to sufficiently prove that other party(s) acted in a negligent manner and that 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 done though the presentation of evidence to support these claims.
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. A property owner who allowed a dangerous condition to exist (i.e. a leaking pipe that created a puddle in the main walkway) breached their duty to keep their property safe. If the owner would have acted to repair the pipe, there would have been no puddle and thus no slip-and-fall.
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 presents 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.
Personal injury cases require extensive resources.
Just like any other legal case, personal injury cases 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, 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 attorneys at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA have the necessary resources to conduct a thorough investigation. We 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.
Examples of evidence used in a personal injury case:
- 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 every day knowledge and available resources. That’s why hiring a personal injury attorney 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 your deserve.
At the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we have spent year 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.
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 for 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 Florida 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 Florida Personal Injury Law Firm 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 is 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, feel free to call our office at 727-451-6900, shoot us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.
Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 N Belcher Rd
Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone: (727) 451-6900
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