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Boating Safety: How to Stay Safe on the Water this Summer

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jul 20, 2021 10:00:00 AM

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Recreational boating is a great way to get out on the water with your friends and family, but it’s important to make good choices and take precautions to avoid turning your day in the sun into a day at the hospital. 

Boating accidents can lead to significant physical and emotional injuries. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 5,265 boating accidents occurred in 2020, resulting in over 3,000 injuries and 767 deaths. The numbers were higher last year due to the pandemic and will potentially increase this year as well, with everyone itching to get outside and see their friends and loved ones. For this reason, it’s more important now than ever to use good judgment and take extra care to keep safe while cruising the water this summer. 

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Topics: Boating Accidents, Personal Injury Law

Safe Biking for Fun and Fitness

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jul 7, 2021 9:45:00 AM

Untitled design (5)Using human power rather than gas to get around makes a lot of sense, especially in Gainesville and Ocala where the weather is great for biking. Safety is a big concern, though, even in the quietest neighborhoods.

When a vehicle strikes a biker, there is nothing between the biker and the road, and the risk of serious injury is very high. When biking it’s always best to buddy up, and bike with a friend. Let others know where you are going, and what route you plan to take.

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Topics: Personal Injury Law, bike safety

FAQs About Injury Claims Involving a Family Member

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Dec 7, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Just when you thought family dinner couldn’t get any more painful than the unprompted political discussion, it happens: the unthinkable occurs. Uncle Joe backs into your modest sedan with his towering pickup truck. Your car is totaled and you are hurt to boot. You need to file an injury claim for compensation. 

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Topics: Personal Injury Law

What is a Property Damage Claim?

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Sep 16, 2020 3:01:00 PM

The complexities of insurance policies could confuse anyone. While some policies cover certain types of damage, other policies will not touch a particular type of damage. Worse, the names of some policies might lead you tobelieve you are covered when, in fact, you are not covered.

This is particularly frustrating when you want reimbursement for car repairs in case of an accident. You may need to involve a personal injury lawyer when you need to collect your due from a property damage claim. An experienced property damage attorney can make all the difference when it comes to receiving fair compensation.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Personal Injury Law, property damage

How to Choose the Right Personal Injury Attorney

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Jun 27, 2020 8:00:00 AM

While dealing with an injury from an accident is always an incredibly challenging time, it can ultimately be a force of change for the better in the long run. The result hinges upon who you choose to represent you.

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

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

7 Mistakes That Can Affect Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Nov 14, 2019 12:32:00 PM

After an accident, it can be easy to make a mistake: a mistake that could cost you dearly, and may prevent you from receiving the money you deserve. These seven common mistakes may not seem like a big deal, but they can have a profound effect on the outcome of your case. A little attentiveness can go a long way towards reaching a successful settlement or award!

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Topics: Personal Injury Attorney(s), Serious Accidents & Injuries, Personal Injury Law, suing your employer, auto accident, personal injury cases for minors, Tips

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

Know Your Rights Under Florida Statutes

Posted by Steven A. Bagen

Sep 3, 2019 12:45:00 PM

If you are injured because of another person’s or company’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses caused by your injury under Florida statutes. However, these statutes for personal injury outline specific requirements for filing a personal injury claim in the state. Here is what you should know about Florida’s personal injury statutes if you are considering filing a case.

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Topics: Boating Accidents, Wrongful Death, Truck Accidents, Personal Injury Law, auto accident

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