Did you sustain injuries in a preventable accident? The law may entitle you to compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. To learn more about the injury claim process and your legal rights, contact a Spring Hill personal injury lawyer at Dolman Law Group for a free consultation and case review.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, handles personal injury cases in Spring Hill and throughout Florida. We know the insurance company won't make it easy for you to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve. But you don't have to face insurance adjusters and aggressive lawyers alone. Trust our Spring Hill injury attorneys to protect your rights while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
- Why is a Spring Hill Personal Injury Lawyer at Dolman Law Group Your Best Choice?
- What is a Personal Injury Under the Law?
- What Types of Personal Injury Lawsuits Can Our Spring Hill Injury Lawyers Handle?
- What are the Elements of a Personal Injury Case that a Spring Hill Injury Attorney Must Know How to Prove?
- What Damages Can a Spring Hill Injury Lawyer Recover for You?
- Is There a Deadline to file a Spring Hill personal injury lawsuit?
- Can You Afford a Personal Injury Lawyer's Fees?
- What You Should Not Do After a Spring Hill Accident
- Our Spring Hill Personal Injury Attorneys are Not Afraid of Litigation
- Typical Spring Hill Personal Injury FAQs
- If You Have More Questions, Reach Out for a Free Consultation With a Spring Hill Personal Injury Lawyer at Dolman Law Group Today
Why is a Spring Hill Personal Injury Lawyer at Dolman Law Group Your Best Choice?
Our founding partner, Matthew Dolman, knows firsthand the impact a personal injury lawsuit can have on a family. When Matthew was a teenager, his father was in a car accident. Unfortunately, Matthew's father did not receive the legal representation he deserved. It was challenging to even speak with the attorney on the phone. Clearly, the firm was a settlement mill that did not offer personalized attention. Matthew never forgot what it was like for his family during this difficult time.
At Dolman Law Group, we are not a “settlement mill.” Unlike some personal injury law firms, we do not process a high volume of cases just to make a fast dollar. We are a firm of trial attorneys who will fight for maximum compensation on your behalf. We pursue justice for victims injured due to someone else's negligence. And we're not afraid to go to court to obtain the best possible results for your case.
Our case results show how we've fought hard for our past clients, including successfully recovering more than $400 million over the years. We take on some of the toughest personal injury cases, including wrongful death and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Our extensive resources allow us to see your case through to a successful conclusion, no matter what it takes. We will never pressure you to accept a lowball settlement simply to avoid going to trial.
What is a Personal Injury Under the Law?
A personal injury happens as a result of a preventable accident where someone sustains physical, mental, and/or emotional injuries. If someone else is to blame, the injured person has the right to bring legal action against the responsible party to recover compensation for financial losses.
Common situations in the Spring Hill area that can lead to personal injuries include:
- Medical errors
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Nursing home abuse/neglect
- Product liability
- Slip and fall cases
- Workplace injuries
Our law firm represents most types of personal injury cases, as you'll see in more detail below. Please reach out to our office if someone else's negligence injured you or a loved one.
What Types of Personal Injury Lawsuits Can Our Spring Hill Injury Lawyers Handle?
While car accidents are the most common type of cases we see, our dedicated injury lawyers have the experience to successfully handle many types of injury cases. Below are some of the many personal injury lawsuits we handle at Dolman Law Group.
Medical malpractice/Medical errors
Patients seek medical care to improve or stabilize their health, not get worse. However, sometimes healthcare providers make mistakes. These and other medical mistakes can cause serious injuries and further problems:
- Birth injuries
- Improper hospital discharge
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
We're not afraid to pursue cases against any healthcare organization, including these Spring Hill area hospitals and clinics if needed:
- Bravera Health Spring Hill
- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill
- HCA Florida Oak Hill Family Care
- HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital
- Spring Hill Medical Center
- Springbrook Hospital
Motor vehicle accidents
Car accidents are a leading cause of personal injuries. In one recent year, The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that 2,195 crashes occurred in the Spring Hill area. These crashes resulted in 44 fatalities and 1,856 injuries, and many crashes happen along Florida State Road 589/Suncoast Parkway that leads into and out of Tampa.
Spring Hill motor vehicle accidents can involve:
- Cars/Passenger vehicles
- Hernando County's “TheBus”
- Semi Trucks
- Drunk driving accidents
- Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies
Nursing home abuse
Individuals who can no longer care for themselves are vulnerable. They rely on others for basic care such as meals, dressing, bathing, and grooming. If elder care facilities negligently care for their residents, we will not hesitate to file a claim against nursing homes such as:
- Brookdale Spring Hill
- Casalia Gardens Assisted Living Facility
- Evergreen Woods Health Care
- Forest Oaks of Spring Hill
- Mariner Palms Assisted Living Facility
- Spring Hill Assisted Living Facility
- Spring Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center
Nursing home abuse and neglect can be difficult for family members to identify. The facility may say that unusual symptoms result from the natural aging process or an existing condition.
Signs of elder abuse include:
- Missing personal items, including money
- Unexplained or questionable injuries
- Weight loss
Make your first call to 911 if you believe the nursing home placed your loved one in imminent danger. Then, call Dolman Law Group. Our law firm answers phone calls 24/7.
Manufacturers have an obligation to produce safe products. Serious injuries can occur when products such as these are defective:
- Automobile parts
- Children's toys
- Household appliances
- Lawn equipment
- Medical devices
Some manufacturers may claim you misused their products, even when that is not the case. Contact our firm if a product injured you.
Slip and fall claims (also known as premises liability)
People often refer to premises liability cases as “slip and fall” accidents. These injuries can occur at virtually any private or public location, such as a sports arena, a restaurant, or a neighbor's house.
Below are examples of hazards that can cause a slip and fall injury.
- Cluttered store aisles
- Damaged stairs, floors, and walkways
- Defective elevator doors
- Liquid spills
- Loose handrails
You might recover compensation if you sustained injuries at any of these Spring Hill locations:
- Publix Super Market
- Trampoline parks
- Escape rooms
- Country clubs
- Golf courses
- Spring Hill area parks
- Privately owned property
Many people associate workplace injuries with construction, agriculture, and mining. However, an injury can occur in any workplace, including offices, retail stores, schools, and hospitals.
Some of the largest employers in the Spring Hill, FL, area include:
- Citrus Memorial Health Care Systems
- Hernando County School District
- Oak Hill Hospital
What are the Elements of a Personal Injury Case that a Spring Hill Injury Attorney Must Know How to Prove?
There is more to a personal injury claim than sustaining injuries and pursuing a settlement. The law requires that personal injury cases meet specific legal requirements.
To break down the four elements that must be proved in a personal injury case, let's discuss three hypothetical situations: an on-the-job injury, a car accident, and a slip and fall injury.
1. A person or entity owed a legal responsibility - Duty of Care
The first element of a personal injury case is that someone owed you a duty of care.
- Employers must provide a safe workplace.
- Motor vehicle operators have a duty to obey traffic laws.
- Property owners are responsible for keeping their premises in good repair.
2. The responsible party breached the duty of care
If the at-fault party did something or failed to do something that violated their duty, such as:
- A company did not provide its workers with appropriate safety equipment.
- A distracted driver ran a red light.
- A store owner failed to repair their damaged sidewalk.
3. That breach of duty caused injuries
The accident in question must be related to the breached duty. For example:
- A machine operator sustained an eye injury because they didn't have access to safety glasses.
- The distracted driver hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
- A shopper tripped and fell on the damaged sidewalk.
4. The accident victim sustained damages because of those injuries
The subsequent injuries and financial losses (known as legal damages) are related to the accident which occurred when the at-fault party breached their duty of care, for example:
- The worker lost sight in his eye.
- The pedestrian suffered broken bones.
- The shopper fractured their spine and sustained a concussion.
Damages are a key element of a personal injury claim. The purpose of a claim is to collect compensation for your damages, such as bodily injury, emotional distress, psychological trauma, and lost wages.
What Damages Can a Spring Hill Injury Lawyer Recover for You?
The law categorizes personal injury damages as either economic or non-economic.
- Economic damages are tangible and have a set cost.
- Non-economic damages are subjective but no less real.
The law allows you to pursue compensation for both types of damages.
Personal injury economic damages
Economic damages are relatively straightforward. However, the insurance company may attempt to undervalue your future damages.
The law may entitle you to compensation for:
- Current and future medical expenses for your accident-related injuries
- Lost income while you recover
- Future lost income if you are permanently disabled and cannot return to work
- Lost income if you can return to work but in a limited capacity (fewer hours or a lower-paying occupation)
- Property damage
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Compensation for damaged personal belongings: jewelry, electronics, prescription eyeglasses, etc.
- Mobility aids: wheelchair, walker, crutches
- In-home help for meals, grooming, childcare, and cleaning if your injuries prevent you from performing tasks you did before your accident
Personal injury non-economic damages
Non-economic damages are not as straightforward and do not have fixed costs.
We fight hard to ensure you receive adequate compensation for:
- Your physical pain and emotional suffering
- Loss of self-esteem due to permanent disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment if you're unable to pursue favorite pastimes or spend time with family and friends
- Loss of companionship if your injuries interfere with your relationship with your spouse
- Loss of guidance if your injuries interfere with your relationship with your minor children
Is There a Deadline to file a Spring Hill personal injury lawsuit?
Florida law places a time limit on pursuing personal injury lawsuits. This deadline is called a statute of limitations.
Florida statutes outline how long you have to file a legal suit. You usually have as little as two years, depending on your injuries.
In most cases, the clock starts ticking:
- The day the injury occurred, or
- The day you were made aware of the injury, or
- The day you reasonably should have known about the injury
Contact our office as soon as you suspect a personal injury occurred. We can discuss the details of your case and your specific filing deadlines.
Can You Afford a Personal Injury Lawyer's Fees?
Money is often a concern for accident victims. You may be unable to work due to your injuries, yet you still have living expenses and now medical bills to pay. The last thing you need right now is more financial worries.
Our firm works on a contingency fee basis. We do not collect any attorney fees upfront. You only pay Dolman Law Group after we secure a settlement or verdict for you. A contingency fee agreement allows you to have legal representation without incurring more debt.
At Dolman Law Group, we believe that everyone should have access to legal representation. We agree to work on your case without asking for upfront attorney fees, and you won't owe any attorney fees if we don't obtain compensation for you. We can discuss our complete payment schedule in detail at your free consultation.
What You Should Not Do After a Spring Hill Accident
Don't wait to contact a Spring Hill Personal Injury Attorney at Dolman Law Group
It is never too early to consult a lawyer. After you seek medical treatment, give us a call. We can explain what you should expect during the claim process, and we'll help you place a value on your injury claim before the insurance company tries to convince you your case is worth much less.
There is no point in waiting to see how much the insurance company will offer you. The amount they voluntarily offer is likely much less than what the law entitles you to. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses that do not have your best interests in mind. Their goal is to boost their profits, not to fully compensate you for your injuries.
Don't put off medical care
Your injuries or condition may worsen without prompt medical care. See a doctor as soon as possible for a diagnosis and treatment. If you delay medical care, the insurance company may question your injury's seriousness. Waiting to seek medical care can weaken your personal injury claim.
At Dolman Law Group, we know that some Spring Hill residents don't have access to medical care. They either don't have health insurance or have high out-of-pocket costs. That's why we've partnered with a nationwide network of doctors who can treat you with no upfront costs. You get the care you need right away without incurring more debt. These doctors collect their fees out of your settlement.
Don't discuss your case publicly, especially not online
Many people use the internet to air their grievances, whether that's through Google reviews or social media. It's in your best interest not to publicly discuss your injuries while your case is pending. The insurance company will be looking and could misconstrue your comments and use that information to bolster their case.
Our Spring Hill Personal Injury Attorneys are Not Afraid of Litigation
Some personal injury lawyers quickly cycle through case after case. Their goal is to make a quick buck. They never take the time to listen to or get to know their clients.
We do things differently at Dolman Law Group. Our goal is the same as yours: to pursue your physical, emotional, and financial recovery. We fight for maximum monetary compensation, and we'll hold negligent parties accountable in civil court if needed.
“How long will my case take?” is a common question we hear. Our answer is, “As long as it takes to pursue maximum compensation.” That may take a few months, or it could take a year or longer.
Our attorneys settle many cases outside of court. However, we're not afraid of trial. We'll never encourage you to take an inadequate settlement because we're too lazy or scared to enter a courtroom.
Typical Spring Hill Personal Injury FAQs
Because each injury case is different, you should talk with a dedicated personal injury attorney about your specific circumstances to learn more about your legal rights. In the meantime, here are the answers to some of our firm's most frequently asked questions about personal injury cases to get you started.
How do I know if I have a valid personal injury case?
The hours and days after a personal injury are often confusing. The responsible party might try to blame you, leaving you to wonder what happened. Don't let anyone talk you out of your legal rights and your chance to pursue compensation.
The only way to know your specific legal options after an accident is to consult an attorney. Dolman Law Group offers free consultations to injury victims. It costs you nothing to find out if you're eligible to file a personal injury claim, and you are under no further obligations.
Why do I need a personal injury attorney?
Many accident victims question the need for legal representation. Here are several reasons why you need a Spring Hill personal injury lawyer.
Insurance companies are for-profit businesses.
Despite catchy slogans and heartwarming commercials, insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses that must protect their bottom line. Their goal is to settle your case quickly for the least amount of money possible.
Insurance companies may use many tactics to save money, including:
- Saying you are at fault for your personal injuries
- Undervaluing your damages
- Failing to take into account your non-economic damages, like pain and suffering
Don't be fooled if the insurance company makes you an offer right away. They hope that you'll accept their offer before you have the chance to speak with an attorney. The law likely entitles you to more than their offer, often much more.
You only have one opportunity to collect compensation for your damages.
At Dolman Law Group, we take the time to calculate an appropriate settlement amount carefully. This figure includes your current and future accident-related losses.
The law typically allows you one chance to pursue compensation for a personal injury. If you accept an inadequate settlement, this money will run out. You'll be left to pay bills and expenses out of your own pocket.
You need a team with the resources to build a strong case.
Most individuals don't have the time, knowledge, or financial resources to build a strong case on their own, especially while recovering from an injury. Our firm can take legal action to access evidence, interview witnesses, and conduct a thorough investigation. We also work with medical and economic professionals as needed.
You'll need legal representation if your case goes to trial.
Our attorneys often settle personal injury cases without stepping foot in a courtroom. However, in some instances, arguing your case in front of a judge or a jury is the best way to maximize your compensation.
If that's the situation, you'll need an attorney to represent you at trial. We handle all our cases as if they will go to court, starting with the day you hire us.
What is the average personal injury settlement?
Many prospective clients want to know how much the average personal injury settlement is. It is difficult to determine an accurate average because some cases settle for undisclosed, confidential amounts.
Even if we could determine an average, that figure wouldn't be helpful to you. There is no such thing as an "average" personal injury. How your specific injuries affect you, your life, your future, and your family is just that—personal.
An adequate settlement compensates you for your economic and non-economic damages. Our lawyers fight for the maximum compensation allowed by the law. Our prior case results show how we've pursued and won settlements for our clients.
After carefully reviewing the details of your case, we can determine how much your claim is worth.
Who is held responsible in a personal injury case?
In some personal injuries, the negligent party is obvious. Other personal injury claims require some investigation.
Some examples of negligent behavior that may cause personal injury include:
- A nursing home administrator that does not fully staff each shift
- A driver who gets behind the wheel after drinking
- A trucking company that forces its drivers to exceed the legal limit for hours behind the wheel
- A supervisor who does not provide employees with the proper training to use equipment safely
- A restaurant owner who fails to repair a loose handrail
Our attorneys invest time and research to ensure that you don't take the blame when another party is at fault.
How long does it take to receive a personal injury settlement?
A personal injury case can take time to conclude.
How long it takes to receive a personal injury settlement depends on several factors, including:
- The severity of your injuries
- The overall total amount of damages
- When doctors can determine your prognosis
- If there are multiple responsible parties involved
We know that a settlement provides much-needed funds during a difficult time. However, a fast settlement may not be an adequate one. Our attorneys are ready to pursue maximum compensation for your injuries, however long that takes.
If creditors contact you, we can inform them that you have a pending personal injury case.
Why should I choose a Spring Hill personal injury lawyer at Dolman Law Group to represent me?
We know numerous local personal injury lawyers are ready to take on your case. Here's why you should choose our legal team to represent you:
We know what it's like for accident victims.
Understanding the profound impact of personal injuries is at the heart of all we do. Our founding partner, Matthew Dolman, witnessed this struggle firsthand. A serious car accident injured Matthew's father when Matthew was a young teenager. The attorney who represented his father was difficult to reach and, in retrospect, did not handle the case properly. Matthew never forgot what it was like to be on the receiving end of this treatment.
We're accessible to our clients.
Our firm values communication and accessibility. Attorney Matthew Dolman lists his personal cell phone number on his business card. And our firm answers phone calls 24/7 to address emergencies and urgent issues.
We're not afraid of litigation.
Some law firms operate as settlement mills. They quickly rush through cases without offering personal attention or pursuing maximum compensation for their clients. These firms want to earn a fast dollar and move on to the next case.
We have a different work ethic at Dolman Law Group. We are trial attorneys who are not afraid of litigation. We will never pressure you into accepting a lowball offer simply because we're unwilling to go to trial.
Who can file a wrongful death claim in Florida?
At Dolman Law Group, we offer our deepest sympathy if you have lost a family member. Death is always difficult, but knowing a negligent person could have prevented it compounds your grief.
It can be uncomfortable to discuss a wrongful death settlement. However, taking legal action holds the negligent party accountable. And a settlement helps secure your financial future.
Certain surviving family members may be able to pursue a settlement. The law allows the estate administrator to bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased's spouse and minor children. If the deceased wasn't married and had no children, their parents may pursue a lawsuit.
Some family situations are complex. Please contact our office if you have questions about your eligibility to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
We know the days pass by quickly after losing a loved one, and you have a lot on your plate right now. It's in your best interest to consult a lawyer right away. Most forms of evidence deteriorate or disappear over time.
If You Have More Questions, Reach Out for a Free Consultation With a Spring Hill Personal Injury Lawyer at Dolman Law Group Today
You have a limited time to pursue a personal injury claim. Don't miss your opportunity to receive fair compensation for your losses. We can explain your options during a free consultation so you can make the best decisions possible.
A dedicated Spring Hill personal injury lawyer is here to provide answers and let you know if you have a valid legal claim. With offices across both Florida coasts, you can easily reach us at (352) 612-3437 or write to us using our online contact page.
Spring Hill Office
10485 Heley Street
Spring Hill, FL 34609
Phone: (352) 612-3437