Depending upon the severity of their injuries, an injury victim may face long periods of time away from work and in the hospital, which can result in financial and emotional burdens that are hard for the victim and their family to bear. Florida law allows victims to seek compensation in personal injury cases when there is evidence that someone else is legally responsible for those injuries.
Personal injury cases require victims to take a proactive approach toward securing the justice and compensation they deserve. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by someone else's reckless or negligent behavior, you should consider contacting a Tampa personal injury lawyer without delay. Our team at Dolman Law Group is ready to go to work for you.
What Are Examples of Negligence Resulting in Personal Injury?
In order to convince a court that they should be awarded damages, an injury victim (the plaintiff) must prove that the person or entity they are suing (the defendant) did something negligent to cause their injury. A court might find that a defendant was negligent.
Negligence can occur in a variety of circumstances, including, but not limited to:
Many personal injury claims stem from car accidents. With more than 17 million licensed drivers in Florida and millions of visitors each year, city streets and highways are busy and dangerous places.
During 2018, 400,000 car accidents resulted in more than 3,000 deaths and 250,000 injuries throughout Florida. A variety of factors contribute to traffic crashes, including:
- Driving too fast for road conditions
- Following too closely
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Distracted driving
Dealing with insurance companies and Florida law during the traumatic time after a car accident is stressful. A personal injury lawyer can help make the process go smoothly.
At Dolman Law Group, our legal team has years of experience representing clients who suffered serious—and sometimes permanent—injuries at the hands of a negligent driver. If you've been injured in a car accident, contact us as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.
A common mistake by other personal injury law firms is treating a trucking accident in much the same manner as a car accident. This is a mistake that often results in leaving significant money on the table at the time of settlement. Truck accident cases are unique and must be worked up much differently than motor vehicle accident cases.
Additionally, accidents involving a big rig are very expensive to properly handle due to the need for expert witnesses and a significant workup. Law firms that handle truck accident lawsuits on a shoe-string budget generally obtain much smaller settlements and/or verdicts.
An experienced and competent trucking accident lawyer will have a thorough understanding of federal trucking laws. This includes hours of service (HOS) regulations. Hours of service govern how long a trucker can operate an 18-wheeler in one continuous shift, how often and long they must break for and the number of hours they are able to log in a specific week or month.
In any wreck involving a semi-truck, we will:
- Retain trucking experts to investigate the big rig itself in its post-accident condition and examine the black box (A black box contains data including the speed immediately before and at the time of the wreck.)
- Utilize an expert to comb through the maintenance records of the big rig to determine whether we can add a count to our lawsuit for negligent maintenance
- Thoroughly investigate the employment records of the individual trucker to decide whether we will bring a count for negligent retention and hiring (if the trucker had prior claims at his or her previous employment)
Oftentimes, truck accident cases cost upwards of $100,000 to properly prosecute. Thus, it is essential that the Tampa accident lawyer have significant financial resources. We maintain a large line of credit so we have the luxury of retaining the best experts to fully illustrate the damages our client has sustained.
Motorcycles lack the airbags, protective roof, and other safety features of a car. This lack of safety features leaves riders at risk for severe injury and even death if they get into an accident. Our firm has handled over 500 motorcycle accident claims and over 200 motorcycle injury lawsuits.
A vast majority of motorcycle accidents we handle are related to either the distracted driving of the vehicle operator or unsafe lane change by the motorist in failing to yield to the right of way of the motorcycle rider.
Our goal is to recoup medical bills, seek payment for property damage along with pain and suffering and the cost of future medical treatment. Upon hiring us, we will begin with a thorough investigation. We will hire an investigator to take photos of the scene, seek surveillance video when available, and document witness statements. We may then hire an accident reconstructionist to recreate the scene of the wreck to illustrate our theory of why the other driver was negligent.
Keep in mind that motorcycle accidents do not involve PIP (personal injury protection) coverage, which makes them much different than auto accidents. In fact, since PIP coverage is not applicable, there is no permanent injury threshold. Thus, the motorcyclist does not need to prove they sustained a permanent injury to seek compensation from the at-fault negligent party.
Florida law allows motorcycle drivers and passengers to choose whether or not to wear a helmet. Anyone over 21 may ride without a helmet, as long as they have at least $10,000 in medical insurance coverage. However, in the event of a traumatic crash, $10,000 is often not enough to cover medical costs. Depending upon the type of injury, medical costs can range in the tens of thousands, and sometimes even millions, of dollars.
Florida is the deadliest state in the nation for riding a bicycle, with an average of 5.7 cyclists deaths per one million residents each year. This is more than twice as many as the national average of 2.3 deaths per one million residents.
Bicycles have the same rights and duties as the drivers of any other vehicle under Florida Statutes § 316.2065. When a motor vehicle driver fails to share the road, a cyclist can suffer injuries like broken bones or painful road rash. Only those under 16 years old are required to wear helmets, but head injuries are also a real possibility.
Distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding are all factors that contribute to accidents between cars and pedestrians. Pedestrian accidents are often worse when the vehicle involved is a large SUV. These popular vehicles sit higher and are heavier than a standard passenger vehicle.
In these types of accidents, pedestrians often suffer catastrophic injuries or are killed in the course of the accident. In fact, Florida ranked second in the nation in 2016 for pedestrian deaths in accidents involving cars, according to the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA).
Slip and Fall
A property owner's negligence can contribute to serious slip and fall injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are among the leading causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI), accounting for almost half of all TBI-related emergency room visits. Falls can also cause neck and back injuries, broken bones, and result in emotional distress. Many people experience anxiety after the fall due to their fear of falling again.
Tampa personal injury claims for slip and fall injuries typically involve an area of law called “premises liability.” Under this area of the law, property owners have a “duty of care” to keep their property safe from hazards that may cause others harm. Examples of hazards that a court may find are a breach of a property owner's “duty of care” include:
- Torn carpeting or rugs
- Wet and slippery floors
- Stairs with no handrail
- Wires and cords laying across floors
- Inadequate or no lighting in parking lots
The CDC reports that dogs bite about 4.5 million people each year. Dog bites are especially dangerous for young children, who are more likely to be bitten on the head or neck due to their height.
Dog bites can result in complications like infections, and in extreme cases, rabies. With more than 60 million dog owners in the United States, dogs are everywhere. Always be cautious when around dogs, especially dogs you don't know. Even if you are familiar with a dog, it may still bite you without warning. Giving dogs space and not initiating contact are the safest ways to prevent a bite.
What Range of Tampa Personal Injury Cases Do We Handle?
Personal injuries come in many different forms. Some of the cases we handle involve the following types of accidents and injuries:
- Bicycle Accident
- Boating Accident
- Brain Injury
- Burn Injury
- Bus Accident
- Car Accident
- Catastrophic Injury
- Catholic Church Sexual Abuse
- Child Injury
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Construction Accident
- Dog Bite
- Drunk Driving Accident
- Lyft Accident
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Negligence
- Pedestrian Accident
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Rideshare Accidents
- Scooter Accident
- Sexual Abuse
- Slip and Fall
- Spinal Cord Injury
- SUV Accident Attorney
- Train Accident
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Uber Accident
- Workers' Compensation
- Wrongful Death
What Is the Lasting Impact of Personal Injuries?
A devastating personal injury may happen in a second, but the true impact can last forever. Sometimes victims of a traumatic injury never make a full recovery. The following are injuries that can have life-long effects, and may entitle the victim to major compensation:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A severe TBI is perhaps one of the most devastating injuries a person can experience. This is especially true for the victim's loved ones as the victim's personality sometimes changes before their eyes.
The CDC describes TBIs as a bump, blow, or sudden jolt to the head. A severe TBI can affect a person's cognitive and motor functions, senses (sight, hearing, vision), and behavior. An injury of this magnitude can result in an inability to work and the need for extensive medical and personal care.
Spinal Cord Injury
Medical professionals refer to spinal cord injuries as “complete” or “incomplete.” Patients with a “complete” injury, they lose sensation and motor function below the point of injury to their spinal cord. Conversely, patients with an “incomplete” injury have limited sensation and motor function below the injury point.
Complete spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis, making patients dependent upon a wheelchair, modified vehicle, and home modifications. These expenses continue throughout the years as equipment needs replacing and the patient's need for care changes.
During an accident, bones can break in more than one place or even become crushed, requiring surgery. Bone breaks can be extremely catastrophic in cases involving vehicle collisions with motorcycles, bicycles, or pedestrians.
Multiple breaks, especially when accompanied by other serious injuries, often require a long hospital stay. In addition, many patients need extensive physical therapy once they have begun to recover, as well as occupational therapy to relearn simple tasks. The same is true for neck and back injuries, which can leave patients in a brace and with severe pain as they heal.
A person's negligence or reckless behavior can cause any number of serious injuries. Someone's decision to drive drunk, distracted, or aggressively can wreck more than a car—it can wreck another person's life.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer in Tampa Can Help
It's easy to get lost in the aftermath of personal injury. You're likely concerned for your finances, and your road to recovery may be a long one.
You may not even realize that you could be eligible for compensation. A settlement amount can mean the difference between mounting bill payments, travel expenses, and medical costs and having these pain points fully taken care of.
The team at Dolman Law Group can walk you through the process in detail to ensure you're comfortable and fully aware of your rights when it comes to personal injury litigation.
Our Fee Arrangement
If we agree to take on your claim, you'll receive our services on a contingency-fee basis. This method of billing primarily benefits the client. It ensures that you aren't obligated to pay for our legal services until your case has been won in your favor. Most personal injury claims are handled on a contingent basis like this.
Clients who enjoy a contingency fee structure are entitled to an initial complimentary consultation. We also cover the cost of initial investigation and litigation. Once a successful settlement has been reached or a court award issued, we take a percentage of this compensation.
While it may be tempting to take on the burden of filing your own personal injury claim, the process is rife with red tape. Filing a claim without legal help can be difficult for the inexperienced, and the stress can easily lead to mistakes or errors that could potentially void a claim.
The financial pressure of a personal injury claim means there's no room for mistakes. We encourage all prospective clients to weigh the risk of delaying the process (further eating up the time within the statute of limitations) against paying a legal professional to walk you through the process while advocating for your best interests.
Statute of Limitations
As mentioned, there's a statute of limitations in Florida for how long you can wait between the date of your personal injury and when you can file your claim.
Florida's statute of limitations for personal injury claims is four years. This can go by quickly, especially when you consider that claims take time to process and sort through. Your lawyer will need time to conduct interviews, gather information, and ensure the case is ready for filing and, if necessary, for trial. The sooner you get started, the more time you will give your legal team to prepare your case.
Why Choose Our Tampa Personal Injury Attorneys?
No one should pay out-of-pocket for injuries they suffered because of someone else's negligence. Still, pursuing a personal injury case requires a full understanding of Florida law. At Dolman Law Group, our legal team has years of experience representing personal injury clients in the Tampa region and throughout Florida.
We Fight Hard for Each Client's Financial Recovery
Each case is different, but some personal injury victims are entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If an insurance company is involved, a victim can file a claim on their own, but insurance companies are out to make a profit and usually offer the smallest amount possible to settle the claim. What may seem like a large amount at the time will not always account for a victim's future needs and often isn't enough.
At the Dolman Law Group, we take great pride in our ability to negotiate firmly and effectively with insurance companies. If we are unable to reach a fair settlement or it seems best for your case, we are ready to go to trial.
We Take Control of the Filing Process
The sooner you talk with an attorney after an injury, the more likely you are to remember as much of the incident as possible. Florida law also has a statute of limitations on personal injury cases—a law that requires plaintiffs to bring their case to court within a limited period of time after their injury. Once the statute of limitations is up, you can no longer seek compensation for your injuries.
At the Dolman Law Group, we make a no recovery, no fee promise to all of our clients, meaning they don't pay us unless we help them receive compensation for their injuries. We keep our clients informed throughout the legal process and treat them with the respect that they deserve. We understand that many of our clients are facing financial, medical, and emotional challenges after experiencing a personal injury—that's why we fight hard for those we represent.
Reach Out for a Free Tampa Personal Injury Consultation
Tampa, Florida, residents deserve quality legal representation for their personal injury cases. Our team at Dolman Law Group has offices on both Florida coasts. When you call for a free consultation, we will do a careful review of your case and advise you about what we think is your best course of action.
Even if you are unsure if you have a case, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation. We may see an important detail that you overlooked. Don't trust your legal journey to just anyone, and don't go it alone. Focus instead on your health and recovery and leave the legal details to us. Call Dolman Law Group today at (813) 303-0916 for your complimentary consultation.
13513 Prestige Pl. Suite 102
Tampa, FL 33635
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