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Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 4, 2019 1:54:02 PM

There are a lot of attorneys out there. How do you find the best one for your accident case? First, asking the right questions can help you ensure you choose an attorney who will best represent you during your journey towards a settlement. 

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Topics: Personal Injury, Personal Injury Attorney(s), Personal Injury Law, personal injury cases for minors

9 Documents to Bring to Your First Personal Injury Attorney Meeting

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Sep 10, 2019 12:37:00 PM


After an accident, it is easy to feel overwhelmed or even intimidated by meeting with a lawyer. However, your attorney is an ally who only wants to help. Help them help you: Gather the tools they need to take up your fight and give you the best legal representation possible armed with all the facts!

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Topics: Personal Injury, Personal Injury Attorney(s), Personal Injury Law, personal injury cases for minors, Gainesville, Tips

Personal Injury Protection: The Florida Requirement

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Aug 6, 2019 9:15:00 AM

If you have been involved in a car accident, you need to know about PIP insurance. PIP, or Personal Injury Protection, is the generic phrase used in Florida to describe the medical and wage coverage available for the policyholder and others to pay medical bills and lost wages after you have had a car accident.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Personal Injury, auto accident

Scooters, Accidents, and Insurance: What You Need to Know

Posted by Steven Bagen

Jul 15, 2019 3:43:59 PM

A motor scooter or moped can offer an affordable alternative to a car, especially around college towns. These smaller vehicles are less expensive than larger, more traditional vehicles, and are often friendlier to the environment. Yet they come with their own challenges regarding insurance matters.

Taking time to learn the laws regarding insurance and personal injury claims is vital if you choose to ride a motor scooter. Should an accident happen, a strong understanding of your rights to insurance claims and compensation will help you to receive all the compensation you are entitled to.


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Topics: Personal Injury, Insurance Company, Compensation

Gainesville Auto Accident Leaves Five Injured

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Mar 16, 2016 2:03:01 PM

Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted how much of a privilege driving is; other times it’s easy to take for granted how dangerous it can be. A recent automotive accident right in the heart of Gainesville left several hospitalizedincluding one who was ejected from her vehicleproving that even under safe conditions and in safe vehicles, disaster can strike at any time.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Serious Accidents & Injuries, Car, auto accident, Gainesville

Why the Age of Tires is Important

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 22, 2014 9:42:00 AM

Car owners are used to car parts getting old and needing replacement. However, tire aging is not necessarily a well understood auto condition. That’s because people either replace their tires when they go flat or when the tread life expires. However, what happens when a car owner buys tires and ends up with “new” tires that actually have been on the shelf for quite a while? A number of risks can occur with aging tires that tire shops don’t necessarily advertise with their product.

Tire aging is a process of structural degradation in a tire over time. Tires are made of steel radial and rubber molded together. However, time can cause separation of rubber layers as the rubber starts to dry out. Cracking and layer separation begin, even a miniscule level. Add in heat, road wear, sunlight and time when the tires are on the car, and the process accelerates. Warmer climate areas will see this process happen faster than colder climates. Ironically, keeping a car in the garage and not using it often can also contribute to faster tire breakdown as well. So, bottom line, an aging tire is a bad thing both ways.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer for your Personal Injury Claim

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 8, 2014 9:03:00 AM

Have you experienced a personal injury due to another party? If you have, then you should immediately contact a personal injury defense attorney in Gainesville. Depending on the extent of your injury, you could be facing some seriously costly medical and doctor bills. These are expenses that the offending party should pay for. Not to mention the fact that you should also be compensated for the pain and suffering resulting from the injury as well as any punitive damages owed to you due to the negligence of the offending party. If you have been injured, you should never try to take the offending party to court or deal with the insurance company on your own. There are a number of reasons why you’ll be able receive better compensation if you are working side by side with a personal injury defense attorney in Gainesville or Ocala. The following are just a few of the reasons why you should take advantage of the services of a local attorney.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Personal Injury Attorney(s)

The Florida Legal System and Bicycle Crashes

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jan 6, 2014 8:54:00 AM

According to statistics from the National Highway Transportation Association, injuries and fatalities from bicycle crashes are on the upswing after years of years of decreasing rates. This alarming statistic is important to cyclists in our state because Florida is the state with the greatest amount of fatalities stemming from bicycle accidents. Nevertheless, what about bicyclists who survive an accident, but suffer severe or catastrophic injuries as a result? This is where the services of an experienced bicycle accident attorney Gainesville, FL are needed most.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Bicycle Accidents

Do I Pay Taxes on Money I Receive From a Personal Injury?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 30, 2013 11:30:00 AM

When you are trying to recover from an injury, the last thing you probably want to focus on or even consider is that of taxes. If you are receiving money from the insurance company as a result of your accident, you might not have another choice but to think about whether you are going to be responsible for paying taxes on the payout you receive. Depending on the type of insurance policy you are dealing with and the type of settlement you are going to receive, some of the money received might be subject to taxes.

To find out more information about your payout, you can speak with a Gainesville personal injury attorney to discuss your case further. Steven A. Bagen Law Firm has offices in Gainesville and Ocala, Florida, serving all of the surrounding areas. Beyond being able to provide you with information about the settlement itself, your attorney will make sure that you receive everything you are entitled to receive and not shorted out of money due to the insurance company taking advantage of you. Recovering from an accident is difficult enough; you shouldn’t have to worry about whether you are going to be jilted by the insurance company along the way.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Compensation

How Soon Should I Bring my Personal Injury Claim?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 27, 2013 8:30:00 AM

Being injured due to the negligence or intentional conduct of another person or by a place of business is a frustrating situation. Most victims find that being injured is also a confusing time. This is a time when a lot of questions will arise, such as “How soon should I bring my claim?” and “Do I really have grounds for a winning case?”

These are very good and commonly asked questions that Gainesville personal injury lawyer Steven A. Bagen  is both experienced with and happy to answer. Steven A. Bagen Law Firm has offices in Gainesville and Ocala, Florida. Knowing the answer to these commonly asked questions is crucial to developing your case. The answer to these questions are most often presented to personal injury victims in an encouraging manner to first and foremost seek medical help for their injuries. Next, contacting a Gainesville personal injury lawyer will determine if an injury victim has a case.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Serious Accidents & Injuries, Insurance Company