Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Comes with Risks for Accidents and Injuries

Road trips
Many families pack up their cars and take off on the highways to explore the country. While traveling by car can a great way to see many sites in one trip, it can also put you and your family at risk of auto accidents and injuries. Spending long hours on the highway alongside large commercial trucks can be dangerous, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported1 that 95,000 individuals sustained injury in truck accident in 2013 alone and an additional 3,964 died in such accidents. Additionally, people who are driving long distances can become fatigued and even run the risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Drivers who are on unfamiliar roads also have a greater chance of causing accidents. Though road trips can be a great way to spend a vacation, they also put you and your family members in danger of being injured in serious auto accidents. If an accident occurs due to the negligence of another party, you deserve to recover for all of your injuries and losses.

Injuries at hotels and resorts
No matter whether you travel by plane, train, or car, the risk of injuries does not end once you reach your vacation destination. Hotels and resorts are full of numerous amenities such as spas, pools, fitness centers, bars, restaurants, and more that all open up the opportunity for accidents and injuries to occur. Hotels and resorts have a duty to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition for all guests. However, the premises are often so large that potential dangerous conditions and hazards can go ignored or overlooked due to a lack of careful inspection. The following are types of accidents that regularly occur due to the negligence of hotels or resorts:

·       Slip and falls
·       Elevator, escalator, or stairwell accidents
·       Food poisoning
·       Drowning accidents
·       Injuries due to defective furniture
·       Toxic exposure

If you suffered an injury in a hotel because of unsafe conditions, you need an attorney on your side who knows how to take on corporate adversaries in court.

Water-related injuries
There is no question that many people flock to the beaches and swimming pools in Florida to cool off in the summer heat. While spending a day swimming in the sun should be an enjoyable experience, the pool presents the risk of injury, especially for children under the age of 14 years. According to statistics published by the U.S. Government,2 approximately 4,900 children under age 14 needed emergency treatment after a pool or spa injury and nearly 400 children died from unintentional drowning. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports3 that unintentional drowning is the number one cause of death for children from age one to age four. Many of these drownings occur in swimming pools due to a pool owner's negligence.

Drunk driving
Summer often brings an increase in barbecues, parties, and similar gatherings, especially around holidays such as Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day weekends. As part of their celebrations, many party-goers consume alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, many of those individuals then make the decision to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle to attempt to drive home. Driving under the influence of alcohol is not only against the law, but it also leads to thousands of injuries per year due to collisions. Everyone should be on the lookout for any signs of impaired drivers and should stay as far away from them as possible. If you believe that you are going to drink, find alternate, safe transportation to avoid injuries.

Call an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney for a free consultation today
Many people find their summer fun hindered by an unintentional injury. If your accident was caused by another party's negligence, you should not hesitate to discuss a possible legal claim with an experienced personal injury lawyer in St. Petersburg. At the Dolman Law Group, our skilled attorneys have helped numerous injured accident victims recover, so please call for a free initial consultation today at 727-451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 222-6922


Monday, July 13, 2015

Catastrophic Injuries Sustained by Auto Accident Victims

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),1 more than 2.3 million individuals in the United States suffer injuries in motor vehicle accidents on an annual basis. While many of these injuries may be relatively minor, some auto accident victims sustain catastrophic injuries. A catastrophic injury is considered to be an injury to the brain or spine or any injury that causes serious disability.

Catastrophic injuries can result in long-lasting or even life-long complications and challenges for victims. If a negligent party causes a catastrophic injury, they should be held fully liable for all of the losses suffered by injured victims. Such losses can include lost income and opportunities, medical costs, emotional injuries, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more. To find out how you can recover after your auto accident, call the experienced St. Petersburg attorneys at the Doman Law Group today.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) – Traumatic brain injury can occur whenever there is direct trauma to the head or a jolt of the head causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull, causing tissue damage. Even the most minor TBIs require medical attention and often require a victim to rest for a period of time while the brain heals. More severe TBIs can have substantial signs and symptoms including the following:

·       Dizziness and disorientation
·       Chronic and severe headaches
·       Memory loss and confusion
·       Trouble with balance and coordination
·       Sleep disturbances
·       Difficulty with focus and concentration
·       Challenges with oral and written communication
·       Emotional issues
·       Other cognitive difficulties

These symptoms can keep an accident victim from returning to school or work and can limit their future opportunities if the damage is permanent. TBI victims also regularly incur overwhelming medical expenses due to the need for ongoing treatment and rehabilitative therapy.

Spinal cord injuries – Many car accident victims suffer damage to the nerve tissue in their spinal cords, suffer a fractured spinal cord, or have their spinal cords completely severed. Spinal cord injuries2 can cause temporary or permanent paralysis below the site of the injury, which can either completely or partially limit movement and sensation. If a victim is paralyzed below the neck, they may be unable to breathe on their own or control other bodily functions. Even minor spinal cord injuries require emergency trauma care and stabilization and often a significant amount of rehabilitation before victims can return to their normal lives. Victims of serious spinal injuries will likely never be able to return to life as they previously knew it.

Burns – Auto accidents can often result in a car fire or even an explosion, which can cause a victim to suffer serious burns. Burns are one of the most painful injuries a person can sustain and they can require extensive medical treatment including skin grafts, surgeries, and long-term hospitalization. Additionally, burns can leave victims permanently disfigured, which can lead to severe emotional and psychological issues, as well.

Shattered or crushed bones – While a standard broken bone is not considered to be that serious of an injury, when a bone completely shatters or gets crushed, it may be impossible to repair. In such cases, many victims may require amputation, which will result in permanent disability. Victims will have to invest in a costly prosthesis, extensive physical and rehabilitative therapy, and long-term medical care. Many victims who suffer shattered or crushed bones cannot return to their previous jobs and may lose significant earning potential, even if they are able to use a prosthesis.

Call the experienced auto accident attorneys at the Dolman Law Group in St. Pete today
Cases involving catastrophic and permanent injuries have many unique legal issues because of the extensive nature of an auto accident victim's losses. At the Dolman Law Group in St. Petersburg, we understand how difficult it can be to sustain a sudden and unexpected catastrophic injury and we always strive to get you the full amount of compensation possible in your particular case. If you would like to discuss a possible claim, call our office today at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation.

Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 222-6922