Common Legal Questions
Answers from Our Gainesville & Ocala Personal Injury Attorneys
When you’ve been injured, we know you have questions. Find answers to some frequently asked about issues below or call us in Gainesville at (352) 331-6789 or Ocala at (352) 351-3258 to schedule a complimentary individual case review.
What determines whether my claim settles or goes to court?The vast majority of insurance claims are settled before litigation. Settling before litigation means that you receive your settlement check sooner and without the expenses associated with litigation. However, it is important that your lawyer has a proven record of taking cases to trial. Many times the insurance company will not settle the case fairly if they do not believe your attorney is ready to go to court.
Can I deal with the insurance company myself?You certainly can but that is not in your best interest. Remember, the adjuster works for the insurance company, not you. Insurance company adjusters go through extensive training – they are licensed and trained to handle your claim in the best interest of the insurance company. As Attorney Allen says, “We even the playing field for our clients.” We know exactly what the insurance company is supposed to do and we make sure that they do it.
What is a deposition? What is mediation?A deposition is a sworn statement, taken under oath, concerning the issues of the case. Once a lawsuit is filed, many depositions are taken as part of the “discovery” phase of litigation. A deposition is generally conducted in the attorney or the court reporter’s office. A court reporter records the complete statement, which may later be used at trial. Mediation is a settlement meeting that occurs prior to trial. At mediation, each side appears with their attorney to meet with a mediator. A mediator is a licensed certified attorney who acts as a neutral party. Both sides present their case to the mediator, who then works to help the parties reach a settlement agreeable to everyone. All information at mediation is confidential and cannot be used later at trial.
How long will it take for my case to settle?The duration of your case depends on the length and type of medical treatment needed. We want to be absolutely certain that you have received the proper diagnosis and prognosis for your injury so that we can factually demonstrate to the insurance company the value of your claim. Generally, most auto injury claims take anywhere from three to twelve months to settle. However, this process may take longer depending on the severity of your injuries, the extent of your physical recovery, and the existence of any complex liability disputes.
What if the person who hit me has no insurance?If the at-fault driver is uninsured or is underinsured, you can still make a recovery if you have purchased uninsured/underinsured motorists (UM) coverage with your own insurance company. We will verify all available coverage(s) for you, and will check the personal assets of the at-fault driver and vehicle owner.
Are expert witnesses necessary to prove fault in a truck or auto accident case?If there is a dispute over liability, the trucking company will have an expert on their side. At Allen Law Firm, P.A., we know who to retain when you need an expert witness on your side, and we know how to deal with the trucking company’s expert witness. Some of the experts we use can help determine and prove the following:
- Driver fatigue
- Alcohol and drug use
- Driver errors
- Improper maintenance
- Bad brakes/li>
- Tire blowout
- Tread separation
- Failure to comply with federal regulations
- Excessive speed
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Why Hire Allen Law Firm, P.A.?
Our Gainesville & Ocala Personal Injury Lawyers Treat You Like FamilyThere are a number of reasons why hiring an attorney from our firm is in your best interest. We always work hard on your behalf and we know that when you’ve been injured, the last thing on you mind should be dealing with insurance companies or fighting an uphill legal battle. Let us deal with the law and courts while you focus on healing. Call our personal injury lawyers in Gainesville at (352) 331-6789 or in Ocala at (352) 351-3258.
How Our Firm Can Help YouAt the Allen Law Firm, P.A., you are always treated like family. We take the time to listen to your needs and create a case that best fits your goals. Filing a personal injury claim can be difficult, but with help from our firm you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Our attorneys have:
- 193 years of combined experience
- AV Preeminent® Rating, the highest possible in legal ability and ethical standards
- Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb
- 24/7 availability when you need us most
- Hospital and home visits at your request
- We go to court and take your case as far as needed
- An uniquely experienced staff composed of seven former insurance adjusters who have over 100 years of combined experience working for insurance companies. We know exactly how the other side works
- Recovered over $130 million in settlements for clients
- You pay no fees or costs unless we win your case
Our Personal Injury Attorneys Go Above & BeyondNo matter what your circumstances, the Allen Law Firm, P.A. has your best interests in mind. This includes assistance with car damage, such as:
- Arranging a rental car
- Ensuring car repairs are done properly
- Negotiating the absolute best value when car is totaled
- Presenting a diminished value claim for lost value on car
- Notify all insurance companies of claim
- Get medical bills, lost wages, and mileage claims paid
- Negotiate all bills and liens at end of your case