People Are Talking about Florida Attorney Jim Dodson

When you're looking for a lawyer to represent you, one of the best ways to learn about the attorney you are considering hiring is to listen to what their former clients have to say. At Jim Dodson Law, we are privileged to have formed many trusted relationships with our clients over the years. We are honored by the comments and testimonials we have received from real people with real stories whom we have been able to help through a difficult time in their lives.

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  • You hear a lot of horror stories out there about ambulance chasers and lawyers doing this and that. But this law firm was completely the opposite, literally night and day, from everything that I had heard. It truly was beyond my expectations.

    I have never dealt with attorneys in the past on any matter so I was very hesitant at first. You hear a lot of horror stories out there about ambulance chasers and lawyers doing this and that. But this law firm was completely the opposite, literally night and day, from everything that I had heard. It truly was beyond my expectations. Every step of the way his staff was available to me, 24 hours a day. Anytime I had questions they were very quick to respond. They kept me informed of the entire process. They literally held my hand through the entire process and they really made a bad experience a really good and pleasant experience. They took all the pressure off of me. They really did everything for me. They took care of the bills, the legal matters and they managed everything with the case while still keeping me informed every step of the way. And, they would ask me my opinion, what I wanted to do and how I wanted to proceed giving me the various legal options. Again, I really had an outstanding experience from start to finish. And, the case settled very quickly and I ended up with a better settlement than I ever dreamed I would get. Anyone who is looking to hire an attorney for this purpose I would encourage them to go online and read Jim Dodson testimonials. They are really true to what people have said. I really did receive top notch service from this law firm. I would highly encourage anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation to call Jim Dodson and his staff.

    John
  • I was very confident in having Jim as my attorney because he is a cyclist. He’s been cycling for many years and someone who doesn’t cycle wouldn’t really be able to understand what it’s like to be out there on the road, in traffic and dealing with drivers. Having him be a cyclist really reassured me that I was making the right choice.

    I’m a pretty avid cyclist and I was cycling here in March with a group like we usually do with the Florida Freewheelers. I was involved in a vehicle bicyclist accident which was totally the vehicles fault and my left hand was crushed. Soon after the accident, I knew that this gentleman had been in the wrong and I was in for some long recovery time and surgery.  My accident got announced on the Florida Freewheeler’s Facebook page and I very quickly got a message from our past president Stuart that I needed to contact Jim Dodson. Even though Jim lives on the opposite side of the state you would never know it. His office would always respond immediately by phone or email whichever I chose to communicate. I never felt like I was put off at all. I felt like I was the most important case of the day. He immediately took over the case and I never had to speak to the insurance adjuster or any of the people on the other side of the case. And, I was very confident in having Jim as my attorney because he is a cyclist. He’s been cycling for many years and someone who doesn’t cycle wouldn’t really be able to understand what it’s like  to be out there on the road, in traffic and dealing with drivers. Having him be a cyclist really reassured me that I was making the right choice. I ended up with a very nice settlement, much more than I ever expected but I mainly wanted the driver to know that you can’t drive like that and treat a cyclist like that and walk away and point the finger at them. I couldn’t even imagine facing that on my own. I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to. I don’t think I would have even tried. It would have been impossible without Jim knowing how to handle this case. So, if you’re a cyclist anywhere in the state of Florida and you’re involved in any type of crash that caused you an injury please don’t hesitate to call Jim. He can totally help you no matter where you are and no matter what the case is. And, he will let you know right up front what you’re dealing with and what to expect. And, he has done enough of these that he knows what he’s talking about. Each case is different and past results do not necessarily indicate future results.

    Kathie
  • They were there for me whenever I needed them, whenever I called them. It was very “family-friendly”. I was very happy with the outcome and very satisfied overall. They did an excellent job and they always had my best interest at heart.

    I’m a cyclist and I was riding my bike in a residential area and a vehicle turned in front of me I hit it broadside. I fell and broke my neck. I had to have my C1 and C2, the top two vertebrae fused. It was a very serious accident and a very serious injury. I made it to the hospital and the police were asking me all kinds of questions for their report. While they are asking me these questions I’m in a very vulnerable situation having just been seriously hurt. I knew at this time I needed to get some representation and I had met Jim before at a cycling conference. I knew that he was a friendly cyclist and lawyer and I felt he knew the intricacies of what I was going to have to face. We live two hours from Clearwater, where Jim’s office is, and I thought at the beginning that may be a problem. I thought I would have to make trips to Clearwater to see my attorney and I was worried about it interfering with work. It actually didn’t at all. With the technology today, I was able to just speak to Jim over the phone and he actually came to my hometown to see me when he needed to. Working with Jim was very good. He is very friendly. Always attentive. Whenever I needed anything or had a question he explained it in detail and told me all of my options. He helped me through situations I didn’t even know I would be up against. They were there for me whenever I needed them, whenever I called them. It was very “family-friendly”. I was very happy with the outcome and very satisfied overall. They did an excellent job and they always had my best interest at heart. Each case is different and past results do not necessarily indicate future results.

    Randall Wilkins
  • Jim made me feel real comfortable by understanding my situation. He explained to me what the procedure would be like. I was very happy with the settlement and I felt I was very well taken care of.

    I’m headed South on a four lane boulevard and I have the right of way and I see a car approaching to the right in front of me and he stopped at a stop sign. I keep my eye on him. The window is tinted so I couldn’t catch his eyes and sure enough as I started passing him, he accelerated in front of me. I veered to my left into what could have been more traffic from behind but I was lucky and there was no traffic. He still hit me on my right side and I ended up on the pavement right next to his left front wheel. I went to the emergency room where I was treated and had x-rays everywhere and it turned out I hadn’t broken anything but I had deeply bruised my side. It probably took another week after the accident before I realized that my hip was giving me the most problems. Although, initially I didn’t feel the pain it was my hip where the driver actually hit me. I called my local riding club and they recommended Jim Dodson Law and so it seemed like a good idea to call an attorney that had expertise in bicycle accident injuries. Jim made me feel real comfortable by understanding my situation. He explained to me what the procedure would be like. I was very happy with the settlement and I felt I was very well taken care of. If you’re a cyclist and you have an accident, I would highly recommend that you talk to an attorney. And, I would recommend that you talk to Jim Dodson. Each case is different and past results do not necessarily indicate future results.

    John Rademaker
  • They kept in touch with me and Mr. Dodson, himself called me several times to see how I was doing. The most important part was that they took care of all my medical bills and just made it a stress free situation for me in that regard.

    I was riding my bike one evening and a car hit me and ran and left me on the side of the road. I was quite injured. I had to go to the hospital and had to get some emergency treatment. Quite frankly, I didn’t no where to turn. It was one of most horrible experiences of my life, if not the most horrible experience of my life. A friend of mine called me to see how I was doing and what I was doing and I told her about my accident. She said call Jim Dodson. And, from the time I called Jim Dodson ’til right now, I was greatly taken care of and they were very solicitous of my situation. They kept in touch with me and Mr. Dodson, himself called me several times to see how I was doing. The most important part was that they took care of all my medical bills and just made it a stress free situation for me in that regard. Every single one of you, including the receptionist Kati, she just goes out of her way to make you feel welcome and to please you. I felt like I was at a five star restaurant when I went to their office. She really goes out of her way, very welcoming and warming. I felt that everybody, particularly Judi who does all the paperwork. was terrific, getting everything taken care of and in a very timely manner, I might add. I would say, call Jim Dodson in a minute. There is nobody else that I would have, particularly for a bicycle accident, representing me and my friends. Each case is different and past results do not necessarily indicate future results.

    Jo
  • Their office staff is great. They are always open to answer all of your questions, no matter what, no matter how many. They never get tired from hearing from you and I love that.

    Going through any type of injury is really a difficult thing. It's very stressful for anybody and I was really lucky enough to have a really good recommendation from a lawyer friend of mine. I so appreciated this because I met the best person for the job to take away all my stress, through this legal action that left me injured. I felt like I had no place to go as a victim but when I walked into this office I knew right away that I was going to be taken care of. Right then it was a big relief, a load off my shoulders. I had a shoulder injury and it was grueling but knowing that I was being taken really good care of really meant the world to me. I so appreciated Jim Dodson and his office and him taking good care of my case. I was very happy with my outcome. So if you need a lawyer, he is your man. Their office staff is great. They are always open to answer all of your questions, no matter what, no matter how many. They never get tired from hearing from you and I love that. Under the circumstances I thought it was great and a really great outcome for me. I never felt so taken care of before. It was a real personal thing not just a professional thing but it just felt very personalized what was done for me here at this office. It was very personal and great for my mental well-being, in general. Each case is different and past results do not necessarily indicate future results.

    Carmen, Car Accident
  • I was very pleased with Jim's performance. I was extremely pleased with the outcome of the case. So, doing a testimonial for Jim was my pleasure.

    I was riding my bike around Lake Monroe, a ride I do all the time, and I was just finishing up on the backside of the lake on the final stretch, going through a neighborhood and there was a car that was on a cross street at a stop sign that I saw. I didn't think anything of it because the car was stopped and I made visual contact with the car and I continued on and the next thing I knew the car was right in front of me. They were going straight across through the intersection and they pulled out a lot quicker than I could react. I ended up hitting the side of the car and then went down to the ground. Then the next thing I recall is I'm laying on the ground with the car moving right beside me and I'm struggling to get away from the car so I don't get run over by the tires because it's still moving. Then I notice that I'm bleeding profusely on the ground but I managed to get away from the car and the car stops and the passenger rolled down the window and asked are you ok and I said "no I'm not" and then they left. They left the scene. Finding an attorney I think is hard. I'm not type that is going to call a number that is on the side of a bus. The 1-800 call Gary or whatever it is. Or the 411-PAIN, you know I see those and I see them as just rackets to get people in. With Jim's office, I never felt that. It was kind of like the feeling you get going to a mom and pop restaurant, where you can get to know them and you can address them by first name. And, they have actually taken the time to get to know you. I had that feeling with Jim's office. And, we're on first name basis. I didn't have to say, "I'm calling for Mr. Dodson. Is Mr. Dodson in, this is Mr. Garett calling about case X-whatever." I could always ask "Is Jim in, this is Richard", and they would know me and they would know the case. Jim being a cyclist himself, made me feel like he knew exactly what I went through. It's that moment that I'll never forget when right before you make impact with that car, there's a moment that goes through your mind that you realize you're not in control and you don't know what is going to happen next. You just know it's not good. That's something that I feel that Jim could certainly relate to. He's not only a cyclist himself but he's heard a lot of other cyclists stories who have gone through something similar like me. Knowing that he was also a cyclist made me want to have him my side even more. When we did get to the mediation it was a completely new process for me, so I don't know all that mediation, the back and forth, it's like a dance. A legal dance. I didn't understand it, I didn't pretend to, I was just kind of mesmerized by it and at the end, I ended up getting a settlement which I was very happy with. It was actually more than I had even anticipated and the process lasted even shorter than I expected as well. I was very pleased with Jim's performance. I was extremely pleased with the outcome of the case. So, doing a testimonial for him was my pleasure. Each case is different and past results do not necessarily indicate future results.

    Richard G.
  • In the day of negotiations, we felt comfortable going in that we had the right man. When we came out we were absolutely confident that he had done the very best and then some to represent us.

    I'm an avid cyclist and I like to ride three, four or five times a week. The day I got up I couldn't ride with the bike club because they were riding at nine o'clock in the morning and it was a foggy day so I decided to sleep in and take a bike ride later out on Long Boat Key. On the way back down in Long Boat Key there was stopped traffic and I was riding in the bike lane and I was thinking to myself what a beautiful day it was and then all of the sudden a car door flew open in front of me, the passenger door. I had absolutely no time to react other then to yell "no" and I got blindsided by the door and it changed my life and it impacted my life considerably. From there I was taken immediately to the emergency room, classified as a trauma and they were fearful that I may bleed out or because of the head injuries not even make it to the hospital. And, this was a new beginning to a new part of my life. I called some friends in the bike club and they said "hey, there's this guy named Jim Dodson, he's an avid rider, he's a member of most of the bike clubs, he's a cycling advocate and he's a pretty good guy, so why don't you give him a call." And, that's literally what happened and then I got on email that evening and sent him an email and he called me the following morning. He started to get things rolling. Jim took the heat off of all the stuff that I had to worry about. As far as even getting the bicycle repaired all the way through the process. He was always in contact with me as far as where I was in the medical recovery, where my wife Joyce was in her part of it and wives suffer as much as we do sometimes with the reparation process. And, I knew that he was really caring about me as an individual in the process of getting well. You don't get well quickly. It takes a long, long time. And, that's one of things I'll always remember. I consider Jim to be a friend because of the personal relationship that we developed. Jim is not a big company where you will not meet with Jim or talk with Jim. He was always readily available for me to be able to be in contact with him. One of the things I found out was that in the art of the negotiation, unless you're trained in that art, you're going to get lost. It was apparent to me very quickly that even with Jim Dodson there, that this was outside of my ballpark but inside of his ballpark. What the insurance company thought was fair and equitable was absolutely incredulously out of the ballpark. It simply wasn't anywhere near what all the things that had happened and transpired. Jim brought the playing field to an even status. What he was able to accomplish was something I simply couldn't accomplish. And, that is to stand up to an insurance guy whose job was to try and cheat you out of things that you deserved. In the day of negotiations, we felt comfortable going in that we had the right man. When we came out we were absolutely confident that he had done the very best and then some to represent us. And, that was most important. Each case is different and past results do not necessarily indicate future results.

    Charlie
  • I was shocked that it ended so fast and that we won the case one hundred percent.

    Working with Jim Dodson was very professional. If I had a problem, I'd call the office, he would be there, or he would call me. Judi would call me. They never put me on hold and if he did put me on hold it would be no longer than fifteen seconds, a minute at the most. And, she told me she would call me back and it would be within the hour that she would call me. I was never frustrated with them. Every time I would talk to Jim, he would sit down and listen and then tell me his opinion. And, what he was going to do. And, I always felt like lawyers weren't like that. I thought that I would have to go to the office or my wife would have to go to the office but no, he came to the house and he sat around my table like he was family. It was great. It was a great experience. I felt like this was the man I could trust. The eye witnesses said I was on the sidewalk. They said I was going South when I was going North. I said everything is wrong with what they are saying. But Jim realized that they were wrong because I got hit on my left side which means I had to be going North to get hit on my left side. And, the car was hit on the left side too, going into me. And, he kept on saying that to the insurance company, this is how it happened. That's when they realized that that was how it happened. I was shocked that it ended so fast. That we won the case one hundred percent. Listening to people is the worst thing. They were telling me it's gonna be years. I don't believe it that eight months later, it's all finished. I can go on with my life now. Each case is different and past results do not necessarily indicate future results.

    Vinnie
  • Anytime I called the office, someone has always answered my questions. I felt like I mattered.

    Working with Jim Dodson. It's his firm. It's his work. And, it's very obvious working with him and Judi that they take everything they do in their business as a reflection on him personally. I met Mr. Dodson just a few days after my wife's death. We had a one on one conversation. I liked his attitude. He wasn't pushy and he knew I was upset and he talked with me. Just in that first conversation, I think the reason I gained the trust that I needed to make the hiring decision was the type of questions that he asked. The questions again were related to me. What it was that my expectations were. I wasn't rushed. I wasn't hurried. My questions were answered. Anytime I called the office, someone has always answered my questions, been there or called me right back. I felt like I mattered. I'm doing this testimonial because I believe in what Jim Dodson stands for and what he does. And, I believe there are a lot of people out there like me that are injured, that do have trouble out there. We all get into trouble, yet they don't know who to call or how to take care of the problem. When I come to Mr. Dodson's office, I know that things are going to get taken care of. He explained everything to me and put me well at ease. I knew I had nothing to be upset about or worried about because he was doing what had to be done. And, that's what he did. I always feel like when I come here that everything is going to be alright. I wasn't promised anything which was a positive to me. The outcome was beyond my expectations you might say. The outcome was very, very profitable for me. I think the thing that made me gain trust was just the type of individual person that Jim is. I felt it. I felt it right away that he was not looking to take on an accident case and get what he could get and then just move on. He took me on as a person, as a client first. There's so much bad publicity out there about lawyers. We've all heard it all and it's not true. It doesn't have to be true. There are good people out there that can work with your values and take good care of you. And, it doesn't have to be ugly. It can be a very positive experience and working with Jim was a very positive experience to me and I'm just very happy to share that with everyone. Each case is different and past results do not necessarily indicate future results.

    Jim Dodson Law Clients