Cocoa Beach Personal Injury Lawyers

March 21, 2023 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman

Cocoa Beach offers something for everyone, with beautiful beaches, state parks, eating and drinking establishments, and plenty of interesting retail shops. However, congested roadways, busy restaurants, crowded retail stores, and even staying in one of our beautiful hotels carries a risk of injury. If you were injured in Cocoa Beach due to the carelessness or recklessness of another person, turn to to the Cocoa Beach personal injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, for help.

If someone else's negligence injured you in a Cocoa Beach accident, you can seek compensation for your injuries through the personal injury claims process. The legal team at Dolman Legal Group, has spent many years assisting injured accident victims across Florida navigate this often complex process.

Let an experienced Cocoa Beach personal injury attorney at Dolman Law Group explain the complicated personal injury claim and court system, answer your legal questions, and tell you about our services. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.

Trust the Cocoa Beach Personal Injury Lawyers at Dolman Law Group to Help You Recover the Compensation You Deserve

The team at DolmanLaw Group brings years of experience and successful results to every case. We are dedicated to serving justice and giving a voice to the injured. Above all, we fight aggressively for all our clients. Though we cannot make any promises about the results you can expect, we believe our case results show the knowledge and care we bring to every case we accept.

Here are a few of our recent results:

  • $5 million for a client burned in a car accident
  • $3.85 million for a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a semi-truck accident
  • $6.7 million for the survivors of a wrongful death case

Our firm has the resources to handle even the largest and most complex cases. Call today for your free case evaluation and see how we can help.

Types of Accidents Our Cocoa Beach Personal Injury Law Firm Can Handle

Cocoa Beach is a great place to relax. However, like any other place, the city is far from perfect. Traffic is often heavy, particularly during the winter when the snowbirds arrive, spring break when the young people arrive, and any time there is a major event on the Space Coast. Unfortunately, the casual, laid-back attitude of local business owners that attracts visitors can also lead them to unmitigated property hazards. More than a third of Cocoa Beach's residents are over 65, an age when declines in vision and strength can increase the risk of falls.

Here is a look at how people can become injured in Cocoa Beach due to another person's negligence.

Vehicle Accidents

Hundreds of people are injured annually in the Cocoa Beach area due to vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, vans, commercial vehicles, rideshares, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. The leading cause of traffic accidents in the county is distracted driving, which accounts for around 12 percent of all accidents. Alcohol impairment is also a common cause of crashes in the region, accounting for nearly 10 percent.

Boating Accidents

The Cocoa Beach area offers multiple boating opportunities, including pontoon boats, boats for the flats or bays, airboats, kayaks, canoes, and much more. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the most common cause of boating accidents in the state involves driver inattention and the failure to maintain a proper lookout for hazards in the water.

More than 800 boating accidents a year have been reported on Florida waterways, with the leading cause of fatal accidents involving boat occupants drowning after falling overboard.

Child Sex Abuse

Several years ago, Florida lawmakers removed criminal and civil statutes of limitations on child sex abuse claims. This change means that individuals who experienced physical abuse and psychological injury before age 16 can seek compensation and criminal charges for the abuse, regardless of how many years or decades have passed since the abuse occurred.

Adults who were sexually abused as children often suffer several negative impacts from the abuse, such as:

  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Angry outbursts
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Suicide

Medical Malpractice

There are several medical facilities in or around Cocoa Beach where residents and visitors can seek treatment for injuries and illnesses, including Cape Canaveral Hospital. The health care providers at these facilities must protect their patients from being injured due to a medical error. A medical malpractice claim can compensate you for medical errors that injured you.

Some of the common types of medical errors that can give rise to a Cocoa Beach medical malpractice claim include:

  • Diagnosis errors such as misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis.
  • Birth injuries due to medical negligence, such as failing to diagnose a condition in the mother or infant or to perform a C-section when medically indicated.
  • Surgical errors include errors with the delivery of anesthesia, wrong-site surgery, wrong patient surgery, or the surgical team leaving an instrument, sponge, or towel in the patient after surgery.
  • Injuries incurred due to premature discharge from the hospital, lack of follow-up care after a procedure, or failure to provide adequate home care instructions.
  • Prescription errors include giving the patient the wrong medication or the wrong dose.
  • Failure to obtain informed consent where a health care provider fails to inform the patient of known risks of a procedure that, if they had been aware, would likely have caused the patient to seek a different treatment option.

Nursing Home Abuse

There are dozens of nursing homes and assisted living facilities located along the Space Coast and serving the elderly of Cocoa Beach.

Residents at facilities that are certified to accept Medicaid/Medicare residents are granted several rights as a result of nursing home reform laws, including:

  • The right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Freedom from the use of chemical and physical restraints.
  • The ability to make their own decisions about when they go to bed, what they eat, or the physician who provides their medical care.
  • The right to information about their medical conditions and to have a say in their treatment options.
  • The right to have their representative informed if the facility injured them, they suffered a decline in physical health, or when the facility transfers them.

Many nursing home abuse and neglect claims occur due to understaffing issues at nursing and assisted living facilities that have plagued the nation in recent years. This results in lapses in fall protection, increased bedsores among residents due to inadequate staff who can tend to incontinent or immobile patients, medication errors, poorly trained or underqualified staff, and more.

Construction Accidents and Other Workplace Injuries

The construction industry accounts for around 20 percent of the injuries that occur in workplaces around Cocoa Beach and beyond.

Construction workers can face severe injury or death through:

  • Transportation accidents
  • Falls
  • Electrical issues
  • Mechanical defects involving heavy equipment

Most construction accident and other workplace injury victims recover damages through Florida's worker's compensation program. Worker's compensation is a form of no-fault insurance that most private employers must provide for their employees. This coverage provides wage replacement and medical treatment for the worker, regardless of who was at fault for the injury. Some workplace injuries, however, can result in a personal injury claim, such as accidents in which a third party (someone who is not the worker's employer or coworker) is at fault for causing the accident.

Premises Liability Injuries

Premises liability is an area of the law that pertains to the responsibility of residential, commercial, and public property owners or managers who must keep the property free of hazards that could injure guests.

Some of the types of accidents that are considered premises liability claims include:

  • Slip and fall accidents, which occur when a visitor slips or trips over a property hazard and falls. This is the most common type of premises liability claim. Hazards at the heart of these claims include wet or slippery floors; worn or torn flooring material; defective staircases and poor lighting in stairwells; cracked pavement or potholes in parking lots; and missing handrails.
  • Swimming pool accidents, which include drownings because of the property owner or manager's failure to properly enclose the pool to protect child trespassers; failure to provide a lifeguard; failure to maintain the pool's electrical and filtering systems, and slip and fall accidents occurring in proximity to the pool.
  • Injuries caused in fires caused by the property owner or manager's failure to properly maintain the property, aged electrical systems, or the failure to provide smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on the premises.
  • Injuries resulting from defective elevators or escalators.
  • Negligent security, which refers to the property owner or manager's responsibility to protect guests from becoming injured as a result of known criminal activity by taking actions such as providing security personnel for buildings and parking lots, the use of surveillance cameras, and locking windows, doors, and alarm systems in hotels and apartment units.
  • Dog bites, which are usually covered by the dog owner's homeowner's or renter's liability policy. Florida enacted strict liability for dog bites, so the dog's owner is responsible for compensating those injured by the dog, even if the owner had no reason to believe their dog was capable of aggressive behavior.

Dangerous Products

Each day, people in Florida use hundreds of different types of products, including medications, foods, cosmetics, appliances, vehicles, and more. Product liability is an area of the law that pertains to manufacturers' responsibility to ensure that their products are reasonably safe for consumers when used according to label instructions.

Three product defects can result in a Cocoa Beach product liability claim.

  1. Design defects involve errors in the engineering of the product that occur before the product is produced and affects all products that feature the defective design.
  2. Manufacturing defects occur as a result of an error in the manufacturing process and may cause issues such as products that are not as strong as intended or that contain a hazard, such as chemicals or broken glass that were inadvertently introduced into the product during manufacturing. This defect is usually limited to one production run, not the entire product line.
  3. Labeling defects involve the information the manufacturer includes on the product's packaging label. Examples of the type of labeling defects that can result in a product liability claim include the failure of a manufacturer to list the known risks of using the product or the failure to include adequate instructions for the safe use of the product.

Many types of product liability issues impact hundreds or even thousands of people. These cases often feature mass litigation, in which the victims of many factually similar cases combine to ease the burden on the courts of dealing with each claim individually.

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Injury Claims our Cocoa Beach Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help Resolve

Practically any injury someone can experience can be caused by someone else's negligence. Personal injury claims often involve catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, which produce a high likelihood of permanent disabilities simply due to the part of the body where they occurred. The brain and spinal cord have limited ability to heal from injuries and frequently result in disabilities that will impair the sufferer's future earning capacity.

Other catastrophic injuries include:

  • Traumatic limb amputations.
  • Severe damage to the vertebrae or discs that can cause instability in the spine.
  • The loss of hearing or sight.

Other injuries in a personal injury claim may include:

  • Broken bones
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Burns
  • Cuts, abrasions, and punctures

Many people hesitate to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about the process of obtaining compensation for their injuries because they fear the injuries are not serious enough to file a claim. If an injury is serious enough to result in wage loss or require medical treatment, it is serious enough to file a personal injury claim. The experienced Cocoa Beach personal injury lawyers from Dolman Law Group can assist you with any claim, regardless of the injury sustained.

Contact the Cocoa Beach Personal Injury Lawyers at Dolman Law Group Today

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Matthew Dolman, Cocoa Beach Personal Injury Lawyer

For more information about the personal injury claims process or for answers to the questions you have about your specific claim, let our experienced Cocoa Beach personal injury lawyers provide you with a free consultation and case evaluation. With offices across both Florida coasts, you can easily reach Dolman Law Group in Cocoa Beach at 321-456-9379 or write to us using our online contact page.

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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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