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The personal injury lawyers at Steven A. Bagen & Associates concentrates on handling serious personal injury claims. If you have been injured by a motor vehicle, medical malpractice, or any other type of personal injury accident, then the time to act is now.

Personal injury can happen with little notice. No one wakes up one morning and expects to have a life-changing accident before the day is over. If you are one of the millions that is suffering from a personal injury accident, our Ocala legal staff is dedicated to getting you the maximum compensation you need to start your life over.

The Types of Accidents that Result in Ocala Personal Injury Claims

Officially named the Horse Capital of the World due to the presence of over 600 horse farms in the region, Ocala offers a lot more than horses to residents and visitors.

In Ocala, you can enjoy water and land sports, outdoor adventures, and plenty of places to take in the musical offerings of Ocala’s local performers and delicious meals prepared by one of our many amazing chefs.

Unfortunately, for all the fun times in Ocala, someone else’s carelessness or recklessness can injure you here.

At Steven A. Bagen & Associates, PA, we have helped recover millions of dollars on behalf of our Ocala personal injury clients after they suffered injuries from:

  • Motor vehicle accidents, including those that involve cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, commercial trucks, taxis or rideshares, scooters, bicycles, pedestrians, aircraft, and watercraft. There are more than 6,000 traffic-related crashes on Marion County roadways each year, resulting in dozens of fatalities, and more than 5,000 people injured.
  • Medical malpractice, which involves negligence by a doctor, nurse, or other provider that injures a patient. Common medical errors that can give rise to a medical malpractice claim include diagnosis errors such as misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis; prescription errors such as giving the patient the wrong medicine or the wrong dose; surgical errors including errors involving the administration of anesthesia, wrong-site or wrong-patient surgery, or leaving a surgical tool in the patient’s body cavity; birth injuries, such as failing to perform a Cesarean section when it is medically indicated or failing to monitor the newborn for signs of distress in the hours after delivery; discharge errors such as premature discharge or failure to provide followup care or aftercare instructions; and failure to obtain informed consent, which involves failing to disclose all risks associated with a recommended medical procedure, particularly risks that would result in the patient seeking an alternative treatment if they were disclosed.
  • Premises liability, which refers to the responsibility of the owners/possessors of residential, commercial, or public property in Ocala to regularly inspect the premises for hazards that could injure guests and promptly mitigate them. The most common premises liability claim is a slip and fall claim. Slip and fall accidents occur when an individual slips or trips over an obstacle, debris, or damages to flooring. Other premises liability claims include swimming pool accidents, elevator or escalator accidents, dog bites, fires or flooding, or negligent security.
  • Product liability, which refers to the responsibility of the manufacturing chain to ensure that the products purchased by consumers do not pose unreasonable risks if used according to label instructions. Product defects that can result in a claim include design defects in the planning of the product before manufacturing and manufacturing defects. Foods and medications are among the most common culprits in product liability claims, along with defective medical devices, auto parts, appliances, and children’s toys and clothing.

The Types of Injuries Incurred in Ocala Accidents

The types of injuries represented in a personal injury claim often depend on the accident.

Some examples of common injuries associated with each accident type include:

  • Car accident injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, injuries to internal organs, soft tissue injuries, burns, and deep cuts or lacerations. Car accidents are among the most common causes of catastrophic injuries, which pose a high likelihood of permanent deficits that affect the individual’s ability to earn an income or live independently.
  • Medical malpractice can result in sicknesses caused by improperly diagnosed worsening ailments, organ damage from prescription errors, damage to the brains and bodies of infants due to birth injuries; paralysis from surgical errors; and even death from a failure of the facility and staff to prevent common hospital-acquired infections.
  • Slip and fall accidents often result in bone fractures, including fractured hips, which are one of the biggest risks of loss of independence or even death in individuals over 65. These types of accidents can also lead to back and neck injuries, and other types of broken bones. Swimming pool accidents often produce anoxic brain injuries, which involve permanent brain damage from a lack of oxygen. Dog bites frequently result in cuts and lacerations, as well as a high risk of a potentially life-threatening infection.
  • Product liability claims can feature injuries such as severe burns or broken bones due to malfunctioning products such as vehicles, vehicle parts, and appliances. Children can suffer anoxic brain injuries as a result of choking over defective toys. Individuals who have a defective implanted surgical device can reinjure or worsen their condition because of the failure.

Whatever type of injury you incurred, in whatever accident, our personal injury attorneys at Steven A. Bagen & Associates, PA, can provide information about how to seek compensation for the expenses of those injuries.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ocala Personal Injury Claims

Personal injury claims, with all of their legalese and court formalities, can confuse many individuals. Here are answers to the questions we are most frequently asked about the process by our Ocala clients. For more information, contact us at Steven A. Bagen & Associates, PA, today.

What Can I Obtain Compensation For Through an Ocala Personal Injury Claim?

Florida allows personal injury claimants to seek compensation—referred to as damages—for the expenses you incurred because of your injury (known as economic damages), as well as the psychological impacts you have suffered (known as non-economic damages).

Some expenses and impacts that plaintiffs regularly list in damage claims in Ocala personal injury cases include:

  • Medical expenses, such as the cost of emergency treatment, ambulance transport, surgical services, physician services, prescription medication, physical therapy, rehabilitation, the provision of crutches or a wheelchair, and the provision of long-term care if the individual is no longer able to live independently as a result of the injury.
  • Wage loss, which involves the wages you could not earn while you were too injured to work.
  • Loss of future earning capacity, which involves injuries that result in permanent disabilities that render the person unable to work at all, or unable to earn what they did before the accident. The most common injuries to result in permanent disabilities involve the organs that make up the body’s central nervous system: the brain and the spinal cord.
  • Property damage your vehicle sustained in the accident.
  • Pain and suffering from the injuries themselves or particularly painful medical treatments. For certain injuries, you may obtain future pain and suffering for injuries that normally have a high impact on the sufferer’s life, such as a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries come with complications that can increase pain and suffering.
  • Emotional distress from the injury, including post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, anxiety with being in public while visibly scarred from the injury, or stress if you can’t pay the bills or lose independence.
  • Loss of the enjoyment of life, which occurs if your injury renders you unable to participate in activities that were previously very important to you,

How Do I Prove Who Was Liable for My Accident?

To prove who was liable for your Ocala accident, you must show:

  • The at-fault party had a general duty to take safe and legal actions to protect others from injury or property damage.
  • There was a breach in this duty when the at-fault party violated the duty to protect others from harm.
  • This breach resulted in the accident, in which you became injured and from which you incurred expenses and psychological impacts.

More than one person or business can cause a personal injury accident.

Examples of multiple sources of liability in an accident include:

  • A car accident in which a driver, while following too closely, rear-ended a vehicle with a defective taillight. Liable parties could include the manufacturer of the taillight, as well as the tailgating driver.
  • A medical malpractice claim in which a doctor, who was an independent contractor at the hospital, made a surgical error that a nurse witnessed and attempted to cover up. Liable parties could include the doctor and the hospital that employed the nurse and was responsible for their actions.

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Ocala?

The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in Ocala is four years from the accident. If you lost a loved one due to an Ocala accident, you can seek compensation for your losses by filing a wrongful death claim within the statutory deadline of two years from the death.

How Much Is the Average Ocala Personal Injury Settlement Worth?

A settlement reflects not only the unique aspects of the claim but also the willingness of both parties to work together. Personal injury claims cover injuries sustained in many ways, from injuries that resulted in little time away from work to those that result in life-altering impacts such as the ability to earn an income or live independently. Because of this, there is no “average” settlement to an Ocala personal injury claim.

There are, however, factors that can affect the value of your claim, such as:

  • The amount of insurance the at-fault party has. Insurance pays most personal injury claims.
  • The money you earned before the accident. Income levels impact several damage categories, including wage loss and lost earning capacity, which are calculated based on your average weekly earnings directly before your accident.
  • The severity of your injury. More severe injuries generally result in more time away from work, a higher likelihood of permanent disabilities that will affect your earning capacity, more intense medical treatments, a higher risk of costly complications, and more pain and suffering. These additional costs and impacts will result in a higher-valued claim.
  • Your patience. Settlement negotiations can last from the time the at-fault party receives a demand package from your attorney until a jury renders a verdict.

What Can an Attorney Do to Help Me With My Claim?

The most important things an attorney can bring to your claim are experience and knowledge of the process. The claims process is difficult to comprehend, with its deadlines and requirements. Likewise, insurance adjusters commonly use tactics against unrepresented claimants to reduce their claims. An attorney’s experience is the answer to keeping those tactics at bay.

From determining the value of your case and identifying the liable parties—and their insurance resources—to examining witnesses in the courtroom while litigating your case and collecting your settlement or award, a personal injury lawyer from Steven A. Bagen & Associates, PA, can provide the guidance and services you need.
To learn more about how we can help you with your claim, contact us online or by calling (800) BAGEN-LAW. Steven A. Bagen & Associates, PA, is here to help.