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Property Damage and Car Repairs

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Oct 10, 2014 2:50:03 PM

Sometimes, a car accident victim first feels the need to contact an attorney due to frustration in dealing with their property damage claim. Typically, clients call us with a lot of questions and frustration regarding their property damage claim. Handling the property damage claim and damage to the vehicle represents the first time that many accident victims have an opportunity to speak with the insurance adjusters. Disputes arise over the amount of the repairs; whether the body shop plans to use new parts vs. used parts; whether the car should be totaled; whether the car can be replaced with a brand new car; the amount of the property damage check if the vehicle must be totaled; the payment to the bank or other lien holders, etc.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Personal Injury Law, property damage

How Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Holds Up In A Personal Injury Case

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jun 3, 2014 1:36:00 PM

While the Florida “Stand Your Ground Law” has been in effect since 2005 there are still many questions about how far that law goes. A recent court finding challenges the application of the Florida stand your ground law to a civil action.

What Does This Mean?

The Florida Stand Your Ground Law is built on presumptions. Presumed force of violence against you in the commission of a crime is necessary to justify deadly force. Under older statutes, it was necessary to make every attempt to retreat or avoid deadly force. New laws allow for justified deadly force when your person or property is at risk during the commission of a violent crime.

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Topics: Personal Injury Law

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

Should I Give the Insurance Company a Recorded Statement?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 31, 2013 10:30:00 AM

After being involved in a car accident, you have a lot running through your mind. You barely make it home from the emergency room or from a visit to your doctor and you have insurance representatives calling you or coming to your home, asking for a recorded statement. Even though the individual might seem polite, he or she keeps pressuring you for a statement. Now, you face the decision of what you should do. Many worry about losing their insurance or forfeiting their claim if they aren’t cooperative.

So, what should you do in this situation?

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Topics: Personal Injury Law, Insurance Company, Compensation

What Should I do Immediately After an Auto Accident has Occurred?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 17, 2013 3:47:00 PM

Many different methods exist for avoiding auto accidents, but that doesn’t always mean it is going to happen. If you have been in a car accident, it is imperative that you take the proper steps to ensure that you receive the proper care and treatment for your accident. When an accident happens, it can be difficult for the majority of people to think clearly, which is why you need the assistance of an accident law firm Gainesville. Trying to figure out what questions need to be answered and what you should be doing first can be overwhelming, to say the least. 

By following the checklist outlined below, you can rest assured you won’t be taken advantage of for your claim. Make sure to keep a copy of the list with you at all times to ensure that you are always prepared. Thanks to an accident law firm Gainesville, such as Steven A. Bagen Law Firm,  you will always have someone to turn to when you need them the most. Steven A. Bagen and Associates has offices in Gainesville and Ocala, serving all of Central and North Florida.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Personal Injury Law, Insurance Company

What to Expect During a Personal Injury Case.

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 13, 2013 3:25:00 PM

If you are suffering from injuries that you sustained during a car accident, most states allow you to file a personal injury case to be reimbursed for your suffering and pain. A personal injury claim has to be filed before the statute of limitations for your particular state expires. By talking with an accident law firm in Gainesville or Ocala, you can guarantee that everything is filed properly and on time.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Personal Injury Attorney(s), Personal Injury Law, Insurance Company

Suing Your Employer: What to Expect

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 12, 2013 8:30:00 AM

Suing your boss for wrongful termination or for unfair treatment? Think twice before you decide. Litigation is a long and painful situation. And if you don’t have a valid “legal” claim against your employer, then you will likely lose the case. While it’s true that policies and laws were made to address issues in the workplace and improve working conditions, workers don’t usually consider their options when suing employers. They don’t know what to expect and often realize too late that they made a wrong decision.

The lesson here is clear and simple: research your options, choose wisely, and be prepared for the outcome. This is when it is best to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can review your case and advise you as to how to proceed. Steven A. Bagen Law Firm is a personal injury firm serving Gainesville and Ocala, Florida.

Here are some things to expect once you decided to sue your employer.

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Topics: Serious Accidents & Injuries, Personal Injury Law, suing your employer

Tips for Documenting Auto Accident Damage

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 5, 2013 8:00:00 AM

After an accident, tensions can run high. Drivers may be hurt or emotionally shaken, which makes decision-making difficult. With auto accidents on the rise in Gainesville, being prepared can help minimize the unwise choices unintentionally made following a car accident. Immediately following an accident, follow these tips for proper documentation to ensure a speedy and fair insurance claim process. You will also want to contact a personal injury law firm in Gainesville. Steven A. Bagen Law Firm is a personal injury firm with offices in Gainesville and Ocala, Florida.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Personal Injury, drivers, Personal Injury Law, Insurance Company

Can Your Social Media Posts be Used in a Personal Injury Case?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 17, 2013 2:23:00 PM

Many people forget that what is put out on social media sites is public. These posts can be used in any type of court case, so being aware of what you put out there is vital.

Social media has transformed the world. Facebook, Twitter, G+, YouTube and many other sites make it simple and easy for us to communicate with family and friends, and to form new connections with other people as well. However, it can be easy to forget that once something is posted on these sites, it’s out there forever. There’s no real way to take it back. What’s more, they can also be used against you in a court of law, in your personal injury case.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Personal Injury Attorney(s), Personal Injury Law

Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer? Why You Only Get One Chance to Get It Right

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Sep 29, 2012 11:59:00 PM

 

Lawyers often times stress the importance of hiring a tough and experienced attorney to defend you and fight for you in personal injury cases. It’s understandable why you need such an attorney, considering that the opposition will be brutal. It’s unwise to go into battle, without an armor or weapon, and your experienced attorney is your shield and your sword.

That said, why do so many lawyers implore you to make a wise decision, as if your entire livelihood depends on it? On one hand, obviously, attorneys are in business to make money and they make money from you. Just think of the hundreds of cases in your own city that probably never come to trial because the plaintiffs are simply too scared or too pessimistic to come forward. Yes, sometimes, personal injury victims do need a little encouragement, a little motivation, to come forward with a complaint.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Personal Injury Law