Thursday, December 31, 2015

Avoid a Car Accident This Holiday Season

Auto accidents in Florida during the holidays
The holiday season is upon us and, for most Americans, that means celebrations with friends and loved ones. These celebrations often require more hours on the road than one normally spends, between traveling to and from gatherings and late nights spent shopping for the perfect gifts. More hours on the road combined with more people on the road means a higher risk of being involved in a car accident for all.

Car accidents can happen as a result of a variety of factors. One of the most prominent factors is driver negligence. Sometimes, more than one driver acts negligently or recklessly, causing two or more vehicles to collide. Determining which driver was negligent and how, then proving these claims, can be complicated. If you have been injured in a car accident during the holiday season or any other time of year, work with an experienced car accident attorney to file and pursue an effective personal injury claim. 

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry – But Not Too Much

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and other holidays during the winter tend to be drinking holidays for many Americans. During this time of year, motorists are at a higher risk of being involved in accidents caused by drunk drivers.1

In Florida and the rest of the United States, the legal limit for a driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08%. This means that once an individual's BAC is higher than this level, he or she is prohibited from driving and can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) if he or she chooses to do so. Despite this risk, many individuals opt to drink and drive, putting other motorists and pedestrians at risk. If you are hosting a holiday party, you can prevent drunk driving accidents by offering to have your guests stay overnight in your home. The only wait to reduce one's BAC is to wait for the alcohol to fully metabolize. If you are going to a holiday party, plan to use either a designated driver or public transportation to ensure that you get there safely. If you will be driving, do not drink alcohol. 

Adjust your Driving to the Local Conditions

In Florida, adverse weather like snow and ice are not a concern in the winter. However, rainstorms and congested highways during this time of year can create hazards for motorists. During rainstorms, allow for a greater following distance between yourself and other vehicles. Take turns less sharply and drive more slowly to allow yourself a greater reaction time to hazards and sudden stops. Wet conditions can lead to hydroplaning,2 which happens when a car's tires lift off the road temporarily because of water underfoot.

If you Are Involved in a Car Accident

Despite taking the proper precautions, there is always the chance you will be involved in a car accident this holiday season. If this happens, do not panic. By making the right choices after your accident, you can make it much easier for yourself and others involved to collect the information necessary to file an insurance claim and make a full recovery.

If you can remove yourself and your vehicle from the roadway, do this to prevent another collision, but do not attempt to exit the roadway if it is not safe to do so. If you or any other parties involved in the accident are in need of immediate medical attention, call 911 immediately. Otherwise, call the police to have an officer sent to the scene.

Obtain a copy of the official police report and any other involved drivers' insurance information to use to support your personal injury claim. After leaving the scene, the next step is to seek medical attention for your own injury. Do this relatively soon after your accident – the sooner you seek medical attention, the better chance you have of successfully recovering the money you need for your treatment. After you have received treatment, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your claim. 

Contact our St. Petersburg Car Accident Attorneys For Help

Car accidents can happen at any time of the year. When a car accident leads to an injury, the victim can easily find him or herself facing significant expenses. Fortunately, he or she can potentially recover compensation for some or all of these expenses through a personal injury claim with help from an experienced car accident attorney. Contact Dolman Law Group today at 727-222-6922 to schedule your free legal consultation with our firm and learn more about seeking monetary compensation for your losses through a personal injury claim.

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


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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Exercises That Can Help During Injury Recovery

Workout exercises to aid recovery after back & neck injury
You probably know that keeping yourself at a healthy weight during your recovery is important for your mental health and for promoting the recovery process, but this is often easier said than done. Depending on the severity of your injury, exercising might appear to be impossible. You might also simply have no interest in exercising because of the effects of your medication on your mood and your ability to concentrate and your baseline pain level.

It is important that you continue to exercise, though, even if you need to do a significantly modified exercise regimen compared to your normal workout routine. Exercising gives your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones the opportunity to move through their ranges of motion, preventing muscular atrophy and promoting blood flow to those areas of the body. Exercising can also have a positive effect on your mental health, giving you a healthy perspective on the recovery process and providing you with a simple way to gauge your progress. As you work to recover from your injury, work with an experienced personal injury attorney to file and pursue a claim for monetary compensation.

Depending on the circumstances of your accident and injury, you could likely seek compensation for the cost of your physical therapy or exercise classes.

 

Yoga

Yoga is a type of exercise that involves focused breathing, slow movements, and poses that put pressure on specific muscle groups to build strength in them. Yoga is often touted as a great type of exercise for individuals recovering from physical injuries1 because it involves no contact with others and allows an individual to move through the poses at his or her own comfortable pace.

 

Kettle Bell Swings

If you are suffering from a knee injury, kettle bell swings can be an easy way to stay in shape without injuring your knee further. Kettle bell swings2 involve using inertia from your own body weight to swing a kettle bell up over your head, then back between your knees in a controlled movement. Kettle bell swings, unlike many other types of exercise, do not put significant pressure on the back, also making them ideal for individuals who are recovering from back injuries or suffering from back pain.

 

Swimming and Water Exercises

Swimming can be a relaxing way to exercise when you are recovering from an back and neck injury. In the water, there is less pressure on your joints and on the rest of your body. Some individuals find it useful to do exercises in the pool with buoyant weights or kick boards.

 

Stretches for Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff, the group of arm muscles that allow for full shoulder movement, can be injured in a variety of accident types. Rotator cuff injuries can prevent an individual from working and doing a variety of activities. For a rotator cuff injury, the best type of exercise for recovery is usually stretching.3

One type of stretch that can help alleviate the pain of a rotator cuff injury is a doorway stretch. To do this, stand in an open doorway with each hand on the wall beside the doorway, then slowly allow your body weight to pull you forward, using your bent arms as leverage. This exercises the muscles in the front of the arm and the shoulder.

Call our St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys Today

When you are suffering from an injury after an accident, you likely feel consistent pain, stiffness, and soreness. Although these are a natural part of the injury and recovery process, you can minimize these effects through light exercise. Remember, always consult with your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen, especially if you are injured or have certain medical issues that need to be considered. Your doctor can guide you toward the right type of workout for you. While you are recovering from an injury, you need to do all that you can to keep yourself healthy and progressing through the recovery process. Leave your financial and legal concerns to your attorney.

To work with an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney, contact our team at Dolman Law Group to schedule your legal consultation with us. We can examine your case and determine the best way for you to proceed with your claim. Do not wait to contact us – call our firm at 727-222-6922 today.

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


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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Seeking Workers' Compensation For Your Injury Expenses

Workers Compensation Injury Expenses in Florida
In any workplace, injuries can happen. Individuals in certain workplaces, like construction sites and positions that require workers to drive as part of their daily routine, are at a greater risk of being injured on the job than those in sedentary and indoor positions. However, no job is without its risk of injury. Even in seemingly safe work environments, like offices, an worker can become injured in an accident. Fortunately, employees who suffer from preventable injuries on the job have the option to seek monetary compensation through a workers' compensation claim.

If you have been injured at work, seek medical care for your injury as soon as possible. This is the critical first step following any type of accident – even if you think you are not injured, have a doctor examine you to determine if you will need any type of treatment. Sometimes, injuries are not apparent for months or years after an accident occurs. By then, it could be too late to seek monetary compensation for your expenses. Get adequate medical attention as soon as possible after your accident, then contact an experienced workers' compensation attorney to discuss the possibility of filing a workers' compensation claim.

What is Workers' Compensation?
Workers' compensation is a type of insurance policy that most employers in the United States are required to carry. The Florida Workers' Compensation Program1 exists to provide injured employees with financial coverage for the expenses that stem from their workplace injuries, such as medical bills, lost wages because of the time spent outside of work, and the need for temporary or permanent disability aids.

Although most employers are required to purchase a workers' compensation policy, not all are. In Florida, employers that meet the following requirements must have a workers' compensation policy2 in place:

·         Construction industry employers who employ one or more full or part-time employees. This includes those based outside of Florida. Only corporate officers and LLC members who own at least 10 percent of their companies may opt to exempt themselves from coverage;
·         Non-construction industry employers who employ four or more part or full-time workers. In these industries, sole proprietors and partners are not required to be considered employees, but may opt to be. Corporate officers and individuals involved in LLCs who own more than 10 percent of their companies may choose to exempt themselves from coverage;
·         Agricultural employers who employer six or more regular workers and/or 12 or more seasonal workers for more than 30 days;
·         Employers located outside of Florida whose statutes include extraterritorial reciprocity clauses, as long as the work performed is temporary.

What Can I Recover through a Workers' Compensation Claim?

Through a workers' compensation claim, you may seek compensation for the following losses:
·         Lost wages;
·         Disability aids;
·         Medical bills;
·         Job training or rehabilitation to return to work.

If you are Injured at Work

Report your injury to your supervisor right away. If you do not take this step, you could invalidate your workers' compensation claim. You must report your accident to your employer within 30 days.

You must then seek a medical evaluation from one of the physicians listed on your company's workers' compensation policy. This is known as an independent medical exam (IME). During this exam, the doctor determines if your injury was caused by work-related activity and it extent. This is where it is important to work with an experienced workers' compensation attorney. In many cases, IMEs are not objective and instead are designed to allow the workers' compensation provider to pay a victim as little as possible. Your attorney can negotiate with the insurance provider and the physician performing the IME to get you an adequate settlement amount for your needs.

St. Petersburg Workers' Compensation Attorneys

If you have been injured in an accident at work, you deserve to receive monetary compensation for your losses. After you have notified your supervisor of your accident, the next step is to begin working on your claim with an experienced workers' compensation attorney. Contact the Dolman Law Group to schedule your initial legal consultation with us today. We can provide you with the legal guidance and representation your claim needs to be successful.

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