If you sustained an auto accident related injury that was not your fault, our North Miami Beach car accident lawyers at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA (hereinafter referred to as "Dolman Law Group") can assist you with your case or insurance claim. Additionally, we can help you obtain monetary compensation by emphasizing the strengths of your case and downplaying any weaknesses.
Besides being skilled negotiators, our North Miami Beach car accident lawyers are also experienced litigators and welcome the opportunity to take your case to trial, if necessary. Let us get to work investigating your case and holding the negligent party responsible for your damages.
Miami-Dade Car Accident Statistics
Life in and around North Miami Beach is fast-paced and energetic. However, this same frenzy of activity, which makes the area exciting for locals and tourists alike, also creates the potential for busy and hazardous road conditions. Many drivers rush to reach their next destination and fail to give proper care and attention to the road.
Statistics show that the greater Miami-Dade County area is one of the most dangerous areas for drivers in the State of Florida. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more than one out of every six Florida vehicle crashes occurs in the Miami region.
Likewise, the greater Miami Beach region consistently sees more than 50,000 car accidents per year, resulting in more than 4,000 accidents per month. Additionally, more than 20 percent of the crashes in the greater Miami region happened within the city limits of Miami.
Why Choose The North Miami Car Accident Lawyers at Dolman Law Group
The North Miami Beach car crash lawyers at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, has helped countless people get the compensation results they need to move on with their lives. For example, we took a case where an individual with a torn rotator cuff and TBI was offered only $265,000 for their injuries.
Our track record of successfully handling car accidents and serious injury cases against insurance companies in Dade County, Broward County, and throughout the State of Florida is impressive. Here is a sample of our results:
Through due diligence, legal experience, and persistence, our personal injury firm secured $1.75 million for the client, giving them back a sense of normalcy in their life. We also helped a client who'd suffered two herniated discs impinging on their spinal cord obtain a fair verdict.
- $6.7 million jury verdict (January 2022) - wrongful death lawsuit resulting from catastrophic injuries.
Initially, the client was only offered $62,000 for the damages due to an argument of pre-existing conditions. However, through tough, intelligent litigation and extensive effort, we secured $1.58 million for catastrophic injuries and lost wages for our client. Keep in mind that every case is unique.
- $1.85 million for a Miami auto accident victim who suffered a spinal cord injury in a collision on I-95. Liability was contested by the insurance company and Dolman Law Group filed a personal injury lawsuit.
These are only past examples and cannot guarantee the financial settlement in your case. However, you can rest assured that the attorneys at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers have helped numerous clients secure adequate compensation.
- $1.58 million for a young man in a t-bone collision with a negligent party engaged in distracted driving. Our client suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury.
- $1.5 million Broward County car accident settlement (policy limits). The client sustained a serious lower back injury resulting in a two-level fusion and a large herniated disc in his neck requiring a one-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.
- $1 million for a car accident victim with a SLAP tear in his shoulder
Dolman Law Group is a nationally recognized and award-winning Florida law firm. We have recovered over $250 million for car accident victims in Miami and injury victims throughout Florida. Our Miami car accident lawyers have a combined 130+ years of experience handling practically every type of insurance claim related to a car wreck. We have handled hundreds of car accident lawsuits in both Dade and Broward Counties. The majority of our business comes referred to us by very satisfied former clients or from fellow car accident attorneys who trust this law firm to handle or at least assist on their biggest personal injury cases.
What You Should Know Before Selecting a North Miami Car Accident Attorney
Before selecting a Miami Beach car accident attorney, you should thoroughly research whether the attorney or law firm has the ability, experience, and financial resources to take on any size defendant. Your typical car insurance company keeps detailed records on all lawyers and firms they have dealt with. They will be well aware of whether the Miami car accident lawyer has a history of taking cases to trial in response to an unreasonable settlement offer or when settlement negotiations break down as opposed to those who settle easily and leave money on the table.
Miami Car Accident Attorneys - Matt Dolman & Stan Gipe
Matt Dolman is a highly regarded Miami car accident lawyer and serves as the Managing Partner of Dolman Law Group. He has been selected (voted by fellow lawyers throughout Florida) on four separate occasions (including 2022) as one of Florida's Legal Elite. He has similarly been selected by his peers as a Florida Superlawyer on multiple occasions. Less than 5% of practicing lawyers are selected as either a Superlawyer or Legal Elite. Matt has been selected for both. He has practiced as an accident attorney for over eighteen (18) years. Matt is a very experienced car accident lawyer who has served as lead counsel on over 2000 car accident lawsuits filed in Miami Dade County and throughout Florida.
Stan Gipe is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. This designation connotes Stan is considered an expert in the areas of trial practice and litigation. In fact, he has served as lead counsel of over 2500 lawsuits and numerous jury trials representing car accident victims. He is well respected by both insurance adjusters and defense lawyers throughout the State. Stan has practiced as a Miami car accident lawyer for twenty-three (23) years.
Preliminary Steps to Take Following Your North Miami Car Accident
No one asks for a car accident-related injury. However, when you do sustain injuries in an accident caused by someone else's negligence; take prompt action to safeguard all your legal rights in order to recover compensation.
After contacting the police, exchanging insurance information with the other driver(s), and contacting your insurance company, you should seek immediate medical attention as soon as possible following your accident. It would be helpful to acquire the police report as well.
You should take this step even if you do not believe that you were seriously injured in the accident because—in the case of soft tissue injuries especially—symptoms do not always manifest until long after the date of the accident.
An experienced car accident attorney in North Miami Beach may assist you when seeking medical treatment after a motor vehicle accident. It is vital you seek medical attention as soon as possible should you be injured in a car crash. The longer you take to see a physician, the greater the likelihood that your insurance company and the insurance company for the at-fault party will argue the accident did not cause your injury. Further, any delays or gaps in medical treatment can negatively impact your car accident claim. This is when to seek an attorney for a car accident if you have not yet done so.
A personal injury or auto accident attorney in Miami may also refer you to a medical specialist or a pain management specialist. Once you complete all your medical treatments and physical therapy, an experienced attorney can gather all your medical bills and records. They will then submit your medical expenses to the at-fault driver's insurance company along with a comprehensive settlement demand outlining your injuries, medical treatment, and the potential need for future medical care.
Finally, an auto accident lawyer in Miami can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and file a timely car accident claim or lawsuit, if necessary.
For a free legal consultation with a car accidents lawyer serving North Miami Beach, call 833-552-7274
North Miami Auto Accident Injuries
Injuries suffered as a result of Miami car accidents can be severe and occasionally catastrophic. The following are the types of injuries we commonly see:
- Head injuries, not including traumatic brain injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury including paralysis
- Lower back injury/Mid-back injury or Neck injury - this includes such ailments as a herniated disc, bulging disc, or injury to the vertebral column of the spine
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Facial cuts and abrasions
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
Three Common Types of North Miami Auto Accidents
A Single-Person Crash
A single-person crash occurs when a vehicle runs into personal property, an inanimate object, or a road hazard.
Rollovers can be the most devastating in terms of both vehicle damage and personal injury.
No matter what kind of accident you were injured in, it is vital to select a Miami auto accident attorney to help protect you in the aftermath.
Any one of these scenarios can have lasting, costly health effects. For instance, wounds resulting from a car accident can range from minor injuries like cuts and scrapes to broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, or even death.
The cost involved with motor vehicle accidents is far greater than most folks realize; it includes medical expenses, wage or loss of productivity costs, and any ancillary or administrative costs involved. The cost of a single, non-disabling auto injury can be nearly $30,000.
Proving Your North Miami Car Accident Case
Car accident cases can be complex and challenging to prove, depending on the facts and circumstances.
Florida Personal Injury Protection Coverage (PIP)
As it pertains to car accidents and insurance, Florida is a no-fault state, and motorists must carry a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) accident coverage. Most car accident claims begin with ensuring there is a valid auto insurance policy that contains PIP.
When a car crash takes place, an injured accident victim must first turn to their own insurance company to pay the medical costs and lost wages.
However, Florida Law has enacted exceptions to the no-fault provisions that allow accident victims to file an accident claim or lawsuit directly against the at-fault driver's insurer.
For example, suppose the accident victim suffered a severe injury because of the accident. In that case, they may bring a claim for medical expenditures and lost wages, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. A permanent injury is defined as:
- A significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function
- A permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability, other than scars or disfigurement
- Significant and permanent scars or disfigurement
Exceptions to Florida No-Fault Laws
Another exception to Florida's no-fault rule comes when the auto accident victim's injuries are not permanent; however, the medical bills or lost wages total more than the $10,000 in required PIP coverage in the car accident case.
In that instance, the injured car accident victim may bring a claim against the at-fault driver's insurer to recover the medical bills or lost wages that the accident victim's PIP insurance does not cover. Again, a Miami car accident attorney can help you sort through regulations regarding your case.
Determination of Damages
The amount of damages an injured car accident victim may be entitled to depends on many factors. One such factor is the property damage to the vehicles involved in the accident. Generally speaking, the more significant the property damage, the more compensable the claim and the more compensatory damages the accident victim may be entitled to.
Likewise, the more severe and permanent the accident victim's injuries, the more compensable their damage claim.
In addition to existing damages, the estimated costs of future surgeries, medical procedures, medical care, or long-term care and treatment at a nursing home or assisted living facility may be added to the accident victim's total damage figure.
Finally, when Medicare, Medicaid, or a private insurer pays for some or all of an accident victim's treatment, that entity may be entitled to a lien against a portion of the accident victim's monetary recovery obtained via settlement or jury verdict.
However, the good news about these liens is that in most cases, a North Miami Beach car accident lawyer can help you obtain damages in your case. They can also assist you in reducing any outstanding Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance liens to a manageable amount.
Liable Parties in a Traffic Accident Case
In many cases, who is at fault for causing a car accident is quite clear since a negligent driver often causes the accident. However, you can hold more than just other drivers liable for the car accidents that cause you severe injuries. In fact, multiple parties can cause a car accident to occur and injure someone severely.
The North Miami Beach auto accident attorneys at Dolman Law Group can help you sort it out.
Companies That Own the Vehicle
In some situations, a specific company may own and operate the vehicle that caused the accident, and one of its employees drove the car. The negligent actions of the company's employee can make it liable in a claim.
This is the case because of vicarious liability, which essentially means that accident injury victims can hold someone accountable for someone else's actions. This typically applies when the person has a responsibility for someone because of some control they have over them, such as an employer-employee relationship.
You may hear your lawyer use the term respondeat superior to refer to vicarious liability.
Government Liability for Road Hazards
Roads are not always kept up to safe conditions, which can cause car and pedestrian accidents. For example, one car may crash into another because a road hazard causes the driver to lose control, making whoever is responsible for maintaining the road liable.
The state or federal government may bear responsibility for safely maintaining a road and can occasionally fail in this duty by not removing dangerous debris after being given ample time or filling in hazardous holes in the street.
How Our North Miami Beach Car Accident Lawyers Can Help You
Car accidents in North Miami Beach often occur at high rates of speed and produce serious injuries. If you suffered from an auto injury in Miami, Florida, that someone else's carelessness or negligence caused, you need skilled legal representation from the North Miami Beach personal injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group on your side.
Our personal injury law firm can help you pursue maximum compensation for property damage and injury while helping you move beyond the pain and suffering from a loved one's wrongful death. We can handle the insurance adjusters for you, ensuring you get a fair amount for your losses and can gather evidence to prove liability for your damages and injuries.
Our legal services will give you peace of mind throughout the process while you focus on what's most important: your recovery. In addition, with offices located on both Florida coasts, including North Miami Beach, you can easily call Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers for an initial consultation, or write to us using our online contact page.
The Dolman Law Group routinely represents south Florida and Miami car accident victims residing in the following areas: North Miami Beach, Ives Estates, Miami Gardens, Sunny Isles Beach, Ojus, Aventura, Golden Glades, Opa-locka, Biscayne Bay, Bay Harbor Islands, Westview, Bal Harbour, Hialeah, Miami Design District, Surfside, Wynwood, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Dania Beach, Emerald Hills, Liberia, Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades, Edgewood, Cooper City, and Davie. Our Miami car accident attorneys stand ready, willing, and able to assist you.
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