Gainesville Personal Injury Lawyers

August 8, 2023 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman
Personal Injury Attorney, Matt Dolman

Gainesville is a bustling college town ripe with activities and attractions. The city is home to the University of Florida and sees millions of visitors annually. Residents and guests travel the city to engage in recreational activities, visit local sites, and cheer on the hometown team. Unfortunately, the frequent movement and influx of travelers mean that there is often a higher risk of accidents or injuries.

Whether you are a resident or visiting from out of town, understanding your rights when you are injured is integral to getting the care you need. At the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, our job is to help victims access the resources they need to recover and rebuild their lives.

Contact the Gainesville personal injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, at 833-552-7274 (833-55-CRASH) to learn more about your legal rights and receive your free case evaluation.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Gainesville

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA: Trusted Advisors to Help with Your Personal Injury Case

After an accident, it's easy to feel like your head is underwater. Trying to navigate your medical care, keep up with doctor appointments, and work with the insurance company can feel overwhelming. But at a time like this, all you should be focusing on is your recovery.

The attorneys at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, understand this stress. When you work with us, we aim to lessen your burden by taking care of the legal aspects of your case. We'll get to know you and your needs and take care of any insurance negotiations so you can focus on what matters the most—you.

Our team of legal professionals is compassionate and understanding. Now is when you feel like you have someone who will fight for you and who you can trust. With offices throughout Florida, we're here to make getting the representation you deserve easier.

Why Choose Dolman Law Group to Handle Your Gainesville Personal Injury Claim

Personal injury cases are diverse and complex. And no two cases will turn out the same result. As attorneys, our job is to understand the uniqueness of each case and determine what each client needs. For over 20 years, we have found justice for clients and demanded accountability, and our attorneys have more than 120 years of collective experience helping injured clients in Gainesville get the compensation the need.

Here is a sample of some of our past results, but do not construe them as a guarantee of an outcome in your claim:

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  • $6.7 million wrongful death case
  • $5 million payout for severe burns following a car accident
  • $3.85 million after a truck accident resulting in a brain injury
  • $1.4 million payout for a motorcycle accident resulting in multiple serious injuries.
  • $425,000 for a car accident resulting in a lower back injury.
  • $300,000 following a restaurant slip and fall accident

Many factors determine the value of your personal injury case, including the severity of your injuries, the circumstances relating to your accident, and the available policy amount. For more information, contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, to speak to one of our legal professionals.

When You Need a Personal Injury Attorney in Gainesville

Personal injury is a practice of law that focuses on victims dealing with the aftermath of an accident or injury. Under the law, you may have the right to financial compensation if someone else caused your injuries, and you can prove you suffered actual damages.

Gainesville, Florida, is a beautiful city with a population of more than 140,000. Along with the University of Florida, the city offers visitors and residents numerous attractions, shops, restaurants, and other public places, the Florida Museum of Natural History, Harn Museum of Art, and Devil's Millhopper Geological state park.

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we handle several different types of personal injury matters in Gainesville. Common examples of cases our attorneys take on include:

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. A recent report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles cited over 400,000 collisions during one year. Of these, over 60 percent resulted in injury.

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Injuries after a motor vehicle accident can vary greatly. Unfortunately, insurance companies are notorious for downplaying accidents and telling victims their injuries “just aren't that serious.”

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, our job is to look at the whole accident and demonstrate how your injuries affect each facet of your life. Through this, we'll help you fight for a settlement commensurate with your actual loss.

With so many drivers traveling around town, you run the risk of getting into a motor vehicle accident virtually anywhere in Gainesville. Some areas around Gainesville that typically see a lot of car accidents include:

  • West University Avenue and the roads around the University of Florida
  • SW 34th Street
  • SW Archer Road
  • SE Hawthorne Road
  • NW 6th Street

In addition to car and truck accidents, we help victims who have suffered losses from:

  • Large truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Rideshare accidents

Premises Liability Issues

Premises liability refers to a property owner's legal obligation to maintain their land and buildings. In essence, the law provides that all property owners must limit the chance of injury on their premises. The duty owed depends on the visitor's status at the time of the injury, with the greatest responsibility of care going to guests.

To have a premises liability case, you must show:

  1. There was a dangerous condition, and the property owner was aware of or should have been aware of such a condition.
  2. The property owner failed to take proper action to remedy the condition.
  3. The dangerous condition directly resulted in your injuries.

While property liability may seem complicated, it is relatively straightforward and covers some of the most common types of accidents, including:

Gainesville has many public establishments where you could suffer harm, including:

  • Ward's Supermarket
  • Walmart Supercenter
  • Publix Supermarket at Millhopper
  • The Oaks Mall
  • Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza
  • G'ville Seafood N' Chicken

If negligence injured you at someone's home or business, you might have a personal injury case. Contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, for your free initial consultation.

Medical Malpractice

As a patient, you put your trust in your care provider any time you seek treatment. We count on our doctors, nurses, dentists, and other care professionals to improve the condition we seek help for. But looking at the number of medical errors is nothing short of startling.

According to a recently published report, approximately 400,000 hospitalized patients experience preventable harm each year. One hundred thousand patients die as a result of medical errors. These numbers are unacceptable.

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Medical malpractice comes in many forms. As a patient, you should never tolerate inadequate care. You might have a medical malpractice case if your treatment resulted in injury or a delayed diagnosis.

Examples of cases we see from our medical malpractice clients include:

  • Delayed or missed diagnosis
  • Improper medication
  • Misread lab results
  • Foreign objects left in the body
  • Inadequate follow-up care
  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Surgical errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Anesthesia errors

Gainesville has several top-tier medical facilities, but you or a loved one can still suffer injury from hospital or physician negligence at any of these locations:

  • UF Health Shands Hospital
  • CareSpot Urgent Care - Gainesville Midtown
  • HCA Florida North Florida Hospital
  • North Florida Medical Center

Nursing Home Abuse

According to the National Council on Aging, about one in ten adults over 60 has experienced elder abuse. Often, this abuse is at the hands of a caregiver or nursing home. Elder abuse comes in many forms. Unfortunately, the adult cannot or is too afraid to report the abuse.

While some abuse may be evident, other types may be harder to spot.

Examples of abuse include:

  • Physical or emotional abuse
  • Physical or emotional neglect
  • Financial abuse
  • Sexual abuse

Any type of abuse can cause severe physical or emotional injuries. If you suspect abuse, reach out right away. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you gather evidence to build a case against the responsible party or parties.

Popular nursing homes in Gainesville include:

  • HarborChase of Gainesville
  • Signature HealthCARE of Gainesville
  • Palm Garden of GainesvilleCharter Senior Living of Gainesville

Defective Products

Consumers purchase and use millions of products every year. And for the most part, these products are safe and function as expected. The issue arises when a product directly causes harm to the consumer without proper warning of risk.

Every person in the supply chain, from the parts manufacturer to the product distributor, must ensure the safety of a product. If the product is defective, dangerous, or sold damaged, one or more parties may hold financial liability for any resulting injuries.

Generally, there are three reasons a product liability case comes about:

  1. Design error
  2. Manufacturing error
  3. Failure to warn

We have extensive experience working with product liability matters at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA.

Our product liability experience includes:

  • Zantac
  • CPAP machines
  • Mirena IUD
  • NuvaRing
  • Roundup
  • Talc powder

To view a complete list, visit our information page on defective medications and bad drugs.

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What to Expect When You Work with a Gainesville Personal Injury Attorney

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, our number one priority is to help make our clients whole. What does this mean? A severe injury can take a lot from you. More than you may even initially realize. When an accident happens because of someone else's negligence, you deserve reasonable compensation to help you return to life the way before the accident.

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There are many factors we will look at when we take a case. This includes your life before the accident, how the accident happened, and what you lost due to the accident. We will then consider what it will take to help make you “whole.” Here's a general breakdown of what you can expect:

Stage 1: The initial intake

Your process begins when you call our office to set up an initial consultation. Our intake specialist will get some basic details from you and set up a time for you to meet with one of our attorneys.

At your initial meeting, we'll discuss what happened, whether either party had insurance, if you have an open claim, and what treatments you received. Bring supporting documents to this meeting.

This may include:

  • Your insurance information (including health or auto insurance)
  • The other party's information (including insurance and contact details)
  • Police or accident reports
  • After visit reports from any doctor visits
  • A list of all care providers and current medication

Your attorney may need more information, so be sure to ask what you can bring before your first appointment.

Stage 2: Discovery

If one of our attorneys chooses to take on your case, the next stage is discovery. The discovery stage is where we gather information to build your case. This is why it is helpful to bring your list of care providers to your initial consultation so we can get a jump start. Your attorney will review your medical, insurance, and other accident records.

At this stage, your attorney may also:

  • Talk to your care providers
  • Begin negotiations with the insurance party
  • Talk to witnesses
  • Request phone, employment, or DMV relating to the other party
  • Review receipts and begin to calculate expenses

Stage 3: Negotiations

Negotiations typically begin early on in the case and are ongoing. In most cases, the insurance company will not offer you what your case is worth early on. In some cases, they may never.

Your attorney will work with the insurance company to determine your case's fair valuation. At each stage, it will be up to you whether you choose to accept or deny the offer. Once you accept an offer, you can no longer pursue compensation in this matter. Your attorney will provide input about the fairness of the offer.

Stage 4: Closing the case

If you accept an offer from the insurance company, your attorney will draft the final paperwork to settle your case. Once your attorney receives a check, they will pay any outstanding bills to your care providers and deduct the agreed-upon attorney fees. At this point, you will receive your final settlement check.

The case will go to court if you cannot agree with the insurance company. Statistically, the majority of all cases settle outside of court. Once you go to court, a jury will hear both sides of the case and decide whether the other party was negligent and any damages owed. Once again, your attorney will deduct any expenses and issue you a final check.

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Personal Injury Attorney, Matt Dolman
Gainesville Personal Injury Attorney, Matt Dolman

If you or someone you love is dealing with an injury or accident that someone else caused, you deserve justice. At the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we are zealous advocates for our clients and help them fight for what they deserve.

Following an accident, talk to an experienced personal injury attorney. With offices on both coasts, we're here to serve you. Contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, at 833-552-7274 (833-55-CRASH), or contact us for your free initial case evaluation.

Gainesville Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care

The following locations are emergency rooms and urgent care centers serving Gainesville:

  • HCA Florida Millhopper Emergency: 4388 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32606
  • HCA Florida North Florida Hospital Emergency Room: 6500 W Newberry Rd, Gainesville, FL 32605
  • UF Health Shands Trauma Center: 1515 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Malcom Randal Veterans Affairs Medical Center Emergency Room: 1601 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32601
  • UF Health Pediatric Emergency Room: 1600 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Department of Emergency Med: 1329 SW 16th St #4270, Gainesville, FL 32608

*Disclaimer – Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA does not endorse or profit from these companies by having them listed on our website.

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Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

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 successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic 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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