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Steven A. Bagen & Associates Firm Recognized by Top Legal Organizations

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Aug 10, 2017 10:17:51 AM

Steven A. Bagen has been been representing personal injury and accident victims since 1982. Recently our firm has been recognized by some of America’s most distinguished legal organizations, including:



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Topics: News, Personal Injury Attorney(s)

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Highlights Importance of Helmets

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 25, 2016 12:08:55 PM

Defensive driving is important not only for automobile drivers, but also for motorcycle riders, as Gainesville drivers learned on Wednesday, March 16.

On the afternoon of March 16th, a man, later to be identified as Eric Michael McManus, 32, was travelling eastbound on his motorcycle on Northeast 23rd Avenue when the driver of a Cadillac, facing North on Second Street, tried to turn left onto 23rd Avenue, directly into McManus’s path.

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Topics: motorcycle, Motorcycle Accidents, News

Gainesville Man Sentenced to 20 Years for DUI and Daughter’s Death

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 18, 2016 3:16:24 PM

DUI’s are never pleasant to experience, but that holds even more true when fatalities are involved. The impacts of a DUI can be very far-reaching and Jeffrey Lee Ertle, 41, learned that the hard way.

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Topics: Car Accidents, News, Drinking and Driving, auto accident, DUI

Defective Airbags: Are You at Risk?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 29, 2016 12:46:59 PM

 In early summer of 2015, Patricia Mincey ran through a red light while driving approximately 20 mph in her 2001 Honda Civic. Unfortunately, her car collided with an SUV. As is supposed to happen, her airbag inflated, but in her situation, hers inflated too much. Her lawsuit, intended to cover her medical bills, pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages against Takata and Honda, alleges that this overinflation caused Ms. Mincey to become paralyzed from the waist down.

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Topics: News, Serious Accidents & Injuries, Car, recall, Takata airbags

Local Bicyclist Struck by Drunk Driver

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Apr 15, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Last Saturday night, around 10:00 p.m. a drunk driver struck and injured a bicyclist who has been identified as Ali Lauren Brody, 21, of Gainesville.   Ali was riding her bicycle on West University Avenue when Kirtley Stephen Davis, 21,  slammed into her.  Davis then fled the scene of the accident and turned onto Southwest 13th Street where he struck a vehicle stopped for a traffic light at Museum Road.  Davis’ blood alcohol level was between .308 and .313 which is almost four times the legal limit in Florida.  Davis was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI, DUI with serious bodily injury and failure to stop or remain at a crash involving injury which is a third degree felony in the State of Florida.   

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Topics: Bicycle Accidents, News

The Fort Hood Shooting: Premises Liability

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Apr 14, 2014 10:27:00 AM

Another tragedy played out at Fort Hood recently when another mentally ill person killed and wounded several victims in a shooting at Fort Hood.

Obviously, the overwhelming majority of these crimes cannot be prevented, because the perpetrators are using illegal weapons, have a long history of severe mental illness, etc. But, what about those mass shootings that are preventable or foreseeable? Can a business owner or premises owner be held liable for crimes committed on the premises? 
The answer is yes!  Under certain circumstances, a business owner or premises owner can be found liable for criminal activities, deaths, assaults, and damages. 
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Topics: News, Personal Injury Law, Premises Liability

The 2nd Annual Ocala Pumpkin Run

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Oct 18, 2012 7:05:00 AM

It’s that time of year again for festivals, Halloween parties, and of course the Ocala Pumpkin Run. Be sure to mark your calendars because you will not want to miss this weekend long blowout. The 2nd Annual Ocala Pumpkin Run is of course an extraordinary car show, but it offers car enthusiasts and families much more than just classic automobiles. This reoccurrence of the run promises to be bigger, better, and louder than last year.

Of course, the focal point of the run is the cars. People bring their beautiful classic and modern vehicles from across the state and across the country to participate in shows, contests, and demonstrations for the crowds. Even if you do not have a car in the show, you can still participate in the people’s choice contests on Friday and Saturday, and let the judges and owners know which car is your favorite.

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Topics: festivals, News, Ocala Pumpkin Run

Increase in Dog Bites May Mean Higher Homeowner's Insurance Rates

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

May 25, 2012 6:29:00 AM

The majority of dog bites that occur around the United States, are negotiated between the dog owner, their insurance company and the victim. About 5 million U.S. Citizens are bitten annually, but only 16,000 claims are pay outs from insurance companies. Every year from May 19-25, we celebrate National Dog Bite Prevention Week. This annual celebration is designed to educate dog owners and consumers, on the proper way to prevent dog bites.

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Topics: News, Serious Accidents & Injuries

One Man Dead, Another Injured in Boat Accident

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 27, 2012 1:19:00 PM

A fishing trip turned deadly Tuesday morning when an airboat capsized in the Rodman Reservoir.
The 64-year-old operator of the boat was killed in the accident, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Joy Hill said. His 50-year-old fishing companion received minor injuries.

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Topics: Boating Accidents, News, Serious Accidents & Injuries

Local "Miracle" Man Leaves Hospital

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 2, 2012 10:01:00 AM

 

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Topics: News