PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS IN GAINESVILLE
Through no fault of your own, an accident can quickly turn your life upside-down.
Liability laws are designed to protect those harmed by the negligent, reckless or intentional actions of another person or entity. Our state recognizes a tort (or civil wrong) as sufficient grounds to bring a lawsuit against the "at-fault" party to recover losses caused by an injury or other types of harm. The process of recovery may include restitution for existing damages as well as expected future losses. At Schackow & Mercadante, we understand you may be depending solely on the compensation you are awarded to make up for lost income and to pay your medical bills, so you can always count on our personal injury lawyers to provide you with the highest caliber of legal representation both in and out of court.
Representing Accident Victims & Wrongful Death Claims
In Florida, an injured person or certain surviving family members are allowed to seek recovery for damages caused by the defendant's unreasonable behavior. Generally speaking, personal injury lawsuits are categorized into three areas of culpability to include negligence, intentional or malicious wrongs, and strict liability claims. These civil cases can encompass a broad range of accidents such as a distracted driver, a slip & fall, a dangerous drug, a motorcycle crash, a boating accident, a scooter accident, a medical device failure, an animal attack or nursing home abuse. When an injury becomes a fatality, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by a decedent's beneficiaries to seek compensation for the deceased's personal injuries as well as the beneficiaries' present and future damages. When a lawsuit is filed, we can seek compensation for your economic damages to include physical injuries, lost earnings, impairment of future income, lifestyle changes, loss of support to loved ones, disability or deformity, and property damages as well as any past, present and future costs of medical care. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an accident, seek the advice of legal counsel without delay. As a victim, you have numerous rights, but it is important to remember that there are statutes of limitations. Whether you decide to hire our law firm or not, we offer a FREE initial attorney consultation to explain your rights and options. Call our Gainesville office toll free at 1-877-798-7700 or use this website's DO I HAVE A CASE? form for a prompt response.
In October of 2014 I was riding my motorcycle when a truck pulled out in front of me. After months of dealing with a lackluster attorney I was referred to Gerald (Gerry) Schackow at Schackow & Mercadante. I felt welcomed and was treated very well throughout the entire process. Gerry was able to close my settlement for a larger sum than I had expected and was able to do so in less than 5 weeks from the day I first contacted him. Dealing with insurance after an accident is not easy but the folks at Schackow & Mercadante will treat you well and explain your options in a clear and concise manner. Very appreciative of the professionalism and courtesy of this office and would recommend that anyone use their services.
— Casey King