Thursday, October 24, 2019

Personal Injury Claims Regarding Disfigurement and Scarring

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Compensation for Disfigurement and Severe Scarring

It comes as no surprise that people suffer severe and life-threatening injuries as a result of being involved in accidents. There are plenty of ways you can seriously hurt yourself like traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. However, there are plenty of injuries that may not threaten the lives involved in accidents but still cause severe damages to those that suffer them. One way that people can suffer because of accident injuries is through severe disfigurement and scarring. True enough, sustaining intense changes to your appearance in the way of scarring and other forms of disfigurement can cause immense emotional and mental trauma but it can cause damage to accident victims in other ways as well. 

Seeking Compensation for Disfigurement

Many people may be unsure if they can seek compensation for injuries that resulted in their disfigurement or scarring but it definitely possible that you can seek a settlement to pay for damages related to this. Disfigurement can lead to a number of issues and as long as you can quantify and justify these damages as well as prove that those liable for your injuries were negligent and caused the accident then you may have a case. Personal injury law allows for people that have suffered because of negligence to seek settlements from those responsible for their injuries.
When considering seeking compensation for the disfigurement injuries that you have suffered, you should absolutely talk to an attorney about your case. An experienced personal injury attorney can provide invaluable insight and resources when it comes to your claim. Handling a case on your own can lead to the insurance company taking advantage of your inexperience and lack of knowledge and your claim’s value might be reduced. Dolman Law Group offers free consultations to those involved in serious accidents caused by a liable party’s negligence. To schedule your free consultation, either call our St. Petersburg office at (727) 222-6922 or contact us online

Injuries that Cause Disfigurement and Severe Scarring

Burn Injuries

Many accidents may involve exposure to fire, high-temperature substances, or caustic substances that can inflict severe burns on those involved. These burns not only can put someone’s life in jeopardy and inflict damage on the body but they can also leave those affected with extensive scarring. Depending on the degree of the burn, a person can have scarring that may consist of discoloration and a mark where they were wounded and in third-degree burn scenarios they can suffer severe disfigurement where features can be burned away or scarred to the point they are unrecognizable. 


Accidents may sometimes include injuries where an accident victim is cut very badly. An accident victim could suffer many small lacerations or one very deep large one but these lacerations can heal up only to leave terrible scars on a person’s body. 

Bone Fractures

A bone fracture can often prove to be fairly mild in comparison to many other potential injuries that can be sustained in an accident. While they are rarely life-threatening, a bone fracture can occur in the face and affect their facial structure and disfigure their appearance. 

Dental Injuries

In our society, we place a great deal of value on smiles and consequently the condition of our teeth. Accident injuries can include damage to our teeth and mouths. People can either lose teeth due to physical trauma, have teeth chipped, dislocated, etc. 

Soft Tissue Injuries

Trauma to the face can lead to soft tissue injuries that consist of damage to the muscles and tendons in the face. This kind of damage can result in disfigurement but also affect a person’s ability to make facial expressions and control parts of their face. 

Damages Caused by Disfigurement and Severe Scarring

Disfigurement is typically not life-threatening but that doesn’t mean that it can’t have severe consequences for a person’s life. A person that has suffered severe disfigurement can have it affect their job and career prospects in many ways. Personal appearance is a very important aspect of many careers and suffering something like vicious third-degree burns to your face can have an impact on performance and your ability to find work. There are ways to help correct severe disfigurement and scarring with plastic surgery but this can be quite expensive which prompts many to seek compensation for these costs with a personal injury claim. 
Disfigurement and severe scarring naturally inflict a great deal of emotional damage upon those affected. There is a great deal of pain that comes with seeing your body severely scarred and having your appearance changed in a negative way. People that suffer severe disfigurements as a result of an accident can end up developing mental issues that can interfere with their life. Depression, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder are a few of the psychological issues that can come with the shock of being disfigured or severely scarred by accident injuries. 

Accidents That May Result in Disfigurement and Severe Scarring

  • Car and other motor vehicle accidents
  • Workplace accidents 
  • Dog bites and other animal attacks
  • Industrial accidents 

Seek an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and suffered injuries that have left you severely disfigured and/or scarred then do not hesitate to contact Dolman Law Group about a free consultation on your claim. Our experienced attorneys are ready to hear about your case and can offer valuable insight on your pursuit of compensation. 
Dolman Law Group has been representing injured accident victims successfully for years. Our lawyers have the skill, experience, and resources to help ensure your claim has the best chance possible at getting you the compensation that you not only need but deserve as well. Regardless of the path a case takes, we will always aggressively pursue the best possible outcome. Call the Dolman Law Group in St. Petersburg at (727) 222-6922 or fill out an online contact form for a free consultation to learn your rights when seeking compensation through a personal injury claim.
Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL, 33712

Monday, October 7, 2019

Can I Sue My Employer for Unpaid Wages?

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Recover Unpaid Wages Through Legal Means

We rely on our employers to provide us with the fair agreed-upon wages that we work so hard for. Bills need to be paid and food needs to be put on the table so when an employer sees fit to not provide these agreed-upon wages after an employee has worked for them, employees can suffer. When something like this occurs, you may be able to seek compensation for these withholding of wages by filing a wage claim.

Filing a Lawsuit Against an Employer for Withheld Wages and More

Those that have suffered the grievance of having their wages withheld by their employer may be able to seek legal compensation through a lawsuit against that employer. Florida does not have a state entity or agency that is responsible for enforcing the proper paying of employee wages like some other states do so it falls to the employees to take legal matters into their own hands and file a lawsuit against their employer to take them to court or they can file a complaint with the Federal Department of Labor. 
When taking legal action against your employer over unpaid wages it is important that you consider speaking to an attorney about your options and how best to proceed. The lawyers of Sibley Dolman have experience in handling cases like this and can provide you with the expert knowledge that will give your case the best chance at successfully recovering your unpaid wages. Don’t attempt to handle a lawsuit on your own. Let an attorney skilled in employment law assist you and avoid the many mistakes that can ruin your chances of getting the money that you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with Sibley Dolman either contact us online or call our office at (727) 222-6922.

Unpaid Wages and Minimum Wage

Florida’s minimum wage is currently $8.46 an hour while the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour meaning Florida employees are entitled to receive the state minimum wage because it is higher. Occasionally, the city or county that you work in may have a higher set minimum wage than the state. If this is the case, then you are entitled to that higher wage. Employees that work jobs where they are regularly tipped can actually be paid less. As of 2019, the minimum wage for employees working tip centric jobs is $5.44 per hour. On the other hand, if an employee’s tips are not enough to reach the state’s minimum wage, then an employer will have to pay the difference. 
An employer can underpay minimum wage to their employees by shorting them a couple of dollars or they can fail to pay their employees altogether for certain times that they worked. Employees must be able to calculate exactly how much their employers owe them and must be able to verify that they worked those times. This means that in the case of partial pay, an employee looking to sue their employer would have to take the amount that they were not paid.

Unpaid Overtime

Employers may also fail to pay their employees overtime or not pay them the full one and a half wage per hour. Federal law dictates that employers must pay employees overtime pay after a work period of 40 hours a week. Florida does not have its own overtime laws that pertain to this but the Federal standard still remains in play. However, some employees are not entitled to overtime pay. Some employees may be considered exempt from these kinds of wages and cannot sue their employers for failing to pay them overtime. Some common types of employees that are considered overtime exempt include independent contractors or freelancers since they are considered to be free agents and not direct employees of the entity hiring them as well as white-collar workers that provide managerial, professional, or administrative work. There are no Florida overtime laws that require overtime pay for work done on weekends or on holidays.

Unpaid Paid Break Time

Breaks are not required to be given to employees but it is more often the case that employers will provide breaks to their employees since it is ultimately more beneficial for everyone. However, this can bring up the question of whether break time should be paid or not and in certain cases it can be paid. Federal requirements state that when breaks of 20 minutes or less are given, they must be paid. Meal breaks of 30 minutes or more where the employee is relieved of all duties can be unpaid. You could have been working with a company for some time and taking unpaid fifteen-minute breaks the entire time. While a few unpaid fifteen-minute breaks may not have too much value, a year of unpaid short breaks can add up to a significant sum that you are owed. 

Seek an Experienced Florida Employment Law Attorney

If you or a loved one have been discriminated against in the workplace based on your, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, or national origin, then do not hesitate to Contact Sibley Dolman about receiving a free consultation on your claim. Our skilled lawyers have the expertise that you will need to secure the compensation you deserve.
Discrimination in the workplace can take a number of forms, namely unpaid wages but also through inappropriate behavior that creates a hostile work environment, withholding promotions, assigning undesirable work positions, withholding benefits, etc. You can take measures to stop this behavior and ensure that you are compensated for the damages that you have suffered. The lawyers of Sibley Dolman will work with you to make sure that those that have abused their power as your employer are held accountable for their actions and that you get the restitution you are owed. 
If you or a loved one has sustained such injuries, please contact us at (727) 222-6922 or fill out an online contact form for a free consultation and evaluation of your case.
Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712