When you are injured in an accident, you may find yourself unsure about a few things: 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.
Recovering from an injury can take its toll. It is physically, emotionally, and financially taxing. Just the medical costs of treating your injury can be extremely expensive; and that doesn’t include the many other costs involved. For example, many individuals must take time off work to recover, which means they lose income and benefits. Some patients need physical therapy, modifications to their home, special accommodations, and expensive surgeries. In addition to these financial costs, your injury can negatively affect you emotionally, causing stress and mental strain. All of this is in addition to the time and energy you must spend focusing on your recovery; doing things like keeping healthy, exercising, going to appointments, and getting plenty of rest. It can be a lot to deal with. But there is good news: you don’t have to go through it alone.
The highly experienced New Port Richey personal injury attorneys at the Dolman Law Group are here for you. We will see to it that you get the medical care you need, receive the financial compensation you are entitled to, and get back to your normal life. We will start by evaluating your situation and advising you on whether you have a viable personal injury claim. We then negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf and file a lawsuit if necessary, to make sure you receive full compensation for all of your injury-related losses.
Rest assured that we will guide you through every step of the legal process. It always has been—and always will be—our mission at Dolman Law Group to provide a small firm personal touch with big firm results; it’s part of what we call the “Dolman Law Difference”. In this effort, every client is provided with the personal cell phone number and email address of their attorney so you can always contact us to ask questions or present any concerns. Likewise, we will always be proactive in keeping you updated on any new developments in your case. We offer free consultations where you will get the chance to sit down with a personal injury attorney and go over your case. There is no charge, no pressure, and no obligation. It’s just straightforward legal advice and an evaluation of your options. So please, do not hesitate to call our New Port Richey office today at 727-853-6275 if you have been injured and have questions.
Those who hire legal representation, on average, recover many times more in insurance payouts than those who fight these big companies on their own [Source]. These massive, national insurance carriers have entire teams of lawyers, experts, and analysts in charge of increasing their profits. In the end, they are a business looking at their bottom line. For this reason, they seek to pay injured parties as little as possible. When you hire an attorney, you arm yourself with the same tools and resources that the insurance companies have, greatly increasing your chances of recovering what you deserve. Because our office works on a contingency fee basis, we do not get paid unless we recover you money. It is a win-win that is sure to increase your chances of absolute recovery.
Personal injuries come in many different forms. Some of the cases we handle involve the following types of accidents and injuries:
When it comes to finding an attorney to handle your personal injury case, you need to hire a personal injury attorney. Although it is true that every attorney went through law school, not every attorney has spent years gathering resources, expert witnesses, and the experience necessary to take on specialized cases.
Each case presents unique legal issues and circumstances depending on: 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.
Our legal team is highly experienced and well-versed in how Florida law applies to each type of personal injury case. 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.
In order to recover for your injury-related losses, you must sufficiently prove that another party acted in a negligent manner and that damages were incurred. This involves much more than simply who was at-fault or who thinks the other was wrong. Instead, one must present detailed evidence to support their claims. Specifically, evidence must indicate the following elements:
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.
Each one of these elements presents specific legal principles and standards. A seemingly simple matter can quickly become complicated, so you always want an attorney handling your case who fully understands the law and how it applies to your individual case.
In this same respect, there are often multiple angles of negligence or multiple parties at fault; no insurance company or defendant is going to offer up this information. Retaining an attorney who can recognize these angles can greatly increase your compensation, ensuring that every loss is fully recovered.
Personal injury cases require extensive resources
In order to prove negligence against another individual, a manufacturer, or a property owner, you must present evidence to the court. Gathering relevant evidence of negligence can be a challenging task and, in many situations, can require a significant amount of time, energy, and resources. Fortunately for injured victims in the New Port Richey area, the attorneys at the Dolman Law Group have the necessary resources to conduct a thorough investigation. While we gather the necessary evidence to win your case, you can focus on your physical and mental recovery.
Some examples of evidence that may be used in a personal injury case are:
> Witness statements
> Police reports
> Video footage
> Cell phone records
> Vehicle maintenance records
> Expert analysis of the accident scene
> Medical records
> Expert testimony about the severity of injuries
> Testimony from economic experts
As you can imagine, many injured victims do not know how to go about gathering these types of evidence or hiring the required experts. At the Dolman Law Group, we have spent years creating a network of experts who are standing by 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 case.
Contact a New Port Richey personal injury attorney to schedule a free case evaluation
When a preventable accident results in serious injuries, victims can sustain significant medical expenses. In addition to the medical costs, victims often lose income because they are no longer able to work. Victims of accidents may also experience substantial physical and emotional pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment for life, mental anguish, loss of companionship, etc.
Fortunately, Florida tort law allows victims to recover compensation for these and other losses that they may experience as a result of a preventable accident. As mentioned above, a lawyer familiar with litigating Florida personal injury cases 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 for your benefit 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.
Since 2009, the Dolman Law Group has been representing the legal rights of people injured in preventable accidents in and around the New Port Richey area. Unlike many other personal injury law firms, we provide individualized representation to each client. These other ‘settlement-mill-type’ firms focus on quantity over quality. They 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 New Port Richey injury or want to schedule a free consultation, feel free to call our office at 727-853-6275, shoot us an email, or live chat with us from our webpage. We look forward to hearing from you.