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General FAQs

  • How much money is my case worth?

    Your case is worth either what you agree with the insurance company it’s worth or the amount of a cash award granted by a judge and jury. We examine all of the conditions surrounding your case in order to arrive at a figure that we believe the insurance company must pay for your injuries. Generally, the dollar value is dependent upon the type and extent of your injuries. Other factors influencing the dollar value of your auto accident case are the amount of medical bills, length of treatment, frequency of treatment, future medical bills, permanent disabilities, and any other damage that can be documented. We study every detail so that we can get you the money you deserve for your injuries.

  • How long will it take to get a fair and reasonable settlement offer?

    Auto accident cases can vary in length from weeks, months, even to years in some instances. Typically, you will get paid after you have healed from your injuries and have been released by the doctor. This is the best way you can be assured of receiving full compensation for your injuries. We want you to get this compensation for your injuries, so we wait until treatment is completed before telling the insurance company how much your case is worth. We never rest, however. While we wait for your treatment to be completed, we gather the information that increases the value of your auto accident case. We constantly do everything we can to move your case forward toward settlement.

  • Will I have to go to court?

    If the insurance company agrees to pay what we agree your case is worth, and you wish to settle for that amount, then your case will not go to court. This is what happens in most situations. Some cases do require a formal trial proceeding, however. In either situation, hiring a law firm like Steven A. Bagen & Associates with experience in handling personal injury cases is critical. We prepare all of our cases as if they are going to court, and this is the very reason why most of our cases get settled outside of court. We are always prepared, and our preparation allows us to negotiate from a position of strength, helping you get the maximum award for your injuries.

  • How much will Bagen and Associates charge?

    There are several ways that a personal injury lawyer charges for services. At our law firm, this is how we charge: There is no charge for your first visit or telephone call. All your questions will be answered and there is no obligation. We never charge an attorney’s fee unless we obtain a recovery for you. Our fee is a percentage of your recovery. If a recovery is not made, you pay nothing for attorney’s fees. We do not charge any fee for helping you settle your claim for damage to your vehicle.

  • Is it true that the best lawyers in law firms never handle the small cases?

    At Steven A. Bagen & Associates, only the best will handle your case. We’re a team. More than one person will probably work with you, but all of our employees are skilled at their jobs, from our attorneys to our receptionists. Whether you’re talking with a personal injury lawyer, receptionist, or case manager, you will get all the professional attention you deserve. Also, we stay personally involved in all of our cases, and we are always accessible to deal with any problems you may have.

  • Can’t any lawyer handle any type of case?

    It’s true that you could hire any lawyer licensed to practice in your state, but not all lawyers have the training, expertise and trial experience that we have at Steven A. Bagen & Associates. We always represent our clients’ best interests. Think of it this way: if you needed surgery, would you rather have it done by a surgeon who is a specialist or a general practitioner? Both are doctors… right? Yes, but the surgeon has the training and experience you need. The same is true for lawyers. The family lawyer who prepared your Last Will and Testament may not have the personal injury trial experience that you need. You have a right to ask about the experience and training of the lawyer you hire. You should exercise this right.

  • Should I release my medical records to the insurance adjuster?

    Definitely not. Releases should only be signed under limited circumstances and after consulting with a qualified personal injury lawyer. If your medical information gets into the insurance adjuster’s hands, it could hurt your case.

  • Who will pay the doctor bills and fix my car if the other person has no insurance?
    Even if the other driver doesn’t have any insurance, you may still be covered. Check with our office. We can look at your policy and tell you if you have uninsured motorist coverage, coverage which can compensate you if you have a car accident with someone who has no insurance.

    Auto Accident FAQs

  • Who will pay the doctor bills and fix my car if the other person has no insurance?

    Even if the other driver doesn’t have any insurance, you may still be covered. Check with our office. We can look at your policy and tell you if you have uninsured motorist coverage, coverage which can compensate you if you have a car accident with someone who has no insurance.

  • Motorcycle Accident FAQs

  • How dangerous is a motorcycle accident compared to an auto accident?

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are about 18 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a motorcycle accident and about three times as likely to be injured.

  • What should I do if I have been involved in a serious motorcycle accident?

    If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is crucial to have a personal injury lawyer on your side who will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact Steven A. Bagen & Associates today. Our main office is located in Gainesville but we have successfully advocated for clients throughout Northern and Central Florida, including the major metropolitan areas of Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando, and Daytona.

  • Nursing Home FAQs

  • If I take legal action against the nursing home, will the abuse stop?

    It should. If it is clear from the start who committed the neglect or abuse, the nursing home will probably remove those people on their own. If it is not clear who committed the nursing home abuse, our investigators will attempt to find out. We will push for the abusers to be removed from their positions immediately.

  • How do I remove my  loved one from a nursing home?

    If the resident is in danger and you feel that you must remove them from the home at once, we suggest contacting a local at-home health service that you feel comfortable with. Check your Yellow Pages to find a service or call our office. We can recommend a home health service for you. If you can’t afford an at-home service, you might consider hiring a nurse to watch your parent in the nursing home.

  • What if a resident says the nursing home is abusive, but the resident has dementia or Alzheimer’s?

    Listen to the resident. If you see any of the signs of nursing home neglect or abuse, call us. We’ll consult with you for free, and, if we believe neglect or abuse has occurred, we’ll put our private investigators to work on the case.

  • Can a nursing home evict a resident?

    Residents can only be discharged for the following conditions:

    • If they fail to pay rent
    • If they pose a danger to other residents
    • If they need special medical attention that the home doesn’t have.
    • If their condition improves so that they don’t need the home any longer.
    • Residents cannot be discharged for minor issues like how clean they keep themselves or their room. Residents have the right to appeal any discharge.
  • How long will it take to remedy the situation and get my loved one safe?

    Our first move is always to help you understand your options, so you can get your loved one safe as soon as possible. The total length of time that a nursing home neglect or abuse case takes depends on the specific case. In some cases the neglect and abuse are so terrible that the nursing home wants to settle out of court right away. In other cases, the nursing home doesn’t feel that the neglect and abuse was significant, and they take a longer time to make an acceptable offer, or they may wait and let a judge and jury decide the penalty for them. We constantly do everything we can to move our clients’ cases forward toward settlement.

  • How do courts measure the worth of a nursing home abuse injury?

    Courts use rulings and awards from previous negligence and abuse cases to help determine the worth of a victim’s pain and suffering. We also use these previous rulings and awards to estimate our offer to the nursing home. However, your case will be worth either the maximum amount the nursing home will offer us to settle or the maximum amount of an award offered by a judge and jury if your case goes to court. The worth of your case depends on many things, like how the neglect or abuse occurred, what injuries were suffered, future medical problems or other pain and suffering, the amount of medical expenses, and future medical costs.

  • Why do nursing home abuse and neglect occur?

    Most experts would rate stress as a major contributing factor to neglect and abuse in nursing homes. Nursing home employees are usually paid less than hospital employees and are expected to see more patients in a shorter period of time, a very stressful situation. Other contributing factors can be psychological, social, or economic problems of the abuser. None of these factors are excuses for nursing home neglect or abuse. We trust nursing homes to take good care of the people that we love. No excuse can justify the pain of seeing a loved one hurt.