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  • Gerald Schackow
  • Stephen Mercadante
  • Lynn Schackow
  • Brian Schackow
  • Marie Banks


Accidents can happen quickly, and your life can be turned upside down through no fault of your own.

The state of Florida recognizes a “tort”, or civil wrong, as admissible grounds for you to bring a well-documented lawsuit against the at-fault party or entity to seek compensation for economic and non-economic losses related to personal injuries and damages. Our state statutes identify liability laws designed to protect someone who was harmed by another’s negligence, recklessness, intentional actions, or lack of actions. Since you may be forced to depend solely on the compensation you are awarded through a personal injury lawsuit, it is an important choice you have to make concerning legal representation. At Schackow & Mercadante, our personal injury attorneys understand the legal process of recovery, which can include restitution for medical expenses and damages as well as future losses that must be correctly documented in your claim. We provided the highest caliber of legal representation both in and out of court, so you can pay your bills, recover lost income, and receive fair compensation for pain-and-suffering and other personal damages.

Legal Representation for Accident Victims & Wrongful Death Lawsuits

When personal injuries are caused by a defendant’s unreasonable behavior or lack of actions, only the injured person or certain surviving family members can seek restitution for the damages. Personal injury lawsuits are generally categorized into three distinct areas of culpability, which include: negligence, intentional or malicious wrongs, and strict liability claims. Nonetheless, civil lawsuits encompass a wide range of accident damage and personal injury, such as a slip-and-fall accidents, motorcycle crashes, collisions involving distracted driving, commercial truck accidents, dangerous drugs or failed medical devices, boating or personal watercraft accidents, an animal attack, premises liability claims, and other avoidable incidences. If an injury unfortunately becomes a fatality, the decedent’s beneficiaries can bring a wrongful death lawsuit that seeks compensation for the deceased’s personal injuries as well as present and future damages to the beneficiaries or the estate. At Schackow & Mercadante, our lawyers are experienced at documenting and presenting a lawsuit that seeks restitution for the injured person’s economic and non-economic losses to include physical injuries, lost earnings, loss 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 there are statutes of limitations that are already in play. Whether you decide to hire our law firm or not, we offer a FREE initial consultation to explain your rights and legal 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.


Caring Individuals, Unbridled Drive to Represent Our Interests, and Extraordinary Expertise are a handful of the terms I would use to share our perspective of this astonishing group of professionals. In our view, the success of our case depended upon a Team that were unafraid of a complex and convoluted situation leading to significant damages that had severely turned our lives upside down. To be successful, the Team that would have to heavily invest time and resources to dig through the nitty-gritty details with the very best medical personnel in order to assemble the basis for our case that was anything but simple. Strong leadership within the Team was essential, relentless pursuit of the facts, and non-stop caring for our Family from start to finish. Schackow and Mercadente, P.A. delivered success because of the strength and dedication of their Team. We are eternally grateful for their time, the expertise, and strength of "caring" they demonstrated without hesitation. Lynn, Jerry, and Brian Schackow worked together in a seamless manner to represent our interests and deliver a highly successful outcome. I know they were supported by a team that worked like Bulldogs behind the scenes to collect and document the information that led to our Team's success. We are eternally grateful to Schackow and Mercadante, P.A. for all they did to help put our lives back together. Our very best decision was our very first decision, hire Lynn at Schackow and Mercadente, P.A. Thank you for all you did on our behalf...we will always remember your being there in our time of need.

Brent Russell

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