Ocala Personal Injury Lawyer
Were you or a loved one recently involved in an accident in Ocala, FL? If your accident was due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced Ocala personal injury lawyers at Allen Law Firm, P.A., can help you fight to hold them accountable and maximize your financial recovery.
Since 2007, our experienced team of attorneys and certified insurance adjusters have helped countless clients recover hundreds of millions in life-changing compensation. We know how important money can be after an accident. Let our Ocala law firm help you fight for every dollar you deserve.
We offer a free consultation. Contact our Ocala office at (352) 351-3258 to arrange a time to discuss your case today.
How an Ocala Personal Injury Attorney at Allen Law Firm Can Help You After an Accident
Our Ocala personal injury lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience fighting on behalf of people after accidents, just like you. When you add in the 115 years of collective hard work our on-staff certified insurance adjusters have, we’re a force to be reckoned with. We get results for our clients, which is why insurance companies don’t want you to call us for help.
With our Ocala law firm in your corner, you can expect:
- Quality legal representation from award-winning and reputable Ocala accident lawyers
- An exhaustive investigation into the circumstances that led to and caused your accident
- Experts and specialists actively engaged in and involved in your case whenever necessary
- Transparency and open communication from our legal team
- A strong and forceful legal claim, built on solid evidence and persuasive legal arguments
- Aggressive negotiations with insurance adjusters, utilizing strategies that are designed to secure full compensation for you
- The willingness to reject lowball offers and take your injury case to the courtroom, if necessary
Allen Law Firm, P.A., knows how the other side thinks and operates – we’ve been there. We’ll draw on our unique experience and insight as we work for you. Since 2007, our approach has led us to recover over a hundred million dollars for Ocala accident victims. Give us a phone call to get started today. There is absolutely no charge for your initial case evaluation.
Ocala Office – 112 S Pine Ave, Ocala, FL 34471
Our office is located at 112 S Pine Ave, Ocala, FL 34471. We can be reached 24/7 at (352) 351-3258.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
If you’ve been harmed due to someone else – whether intentionally or in an accident – there is at least a possibility you have a case. The best way to know whether you have a case is to speak to our Ocala injury attorneys. We’ll be able to look into your situation and let you know whether you have a case during your free evaluation.
Until then, one factor to consider is whether you have suffered losses due to the incident – especially financial losses. If you haven’t, you might not have a case because there is nothing for the court to compensate you for.
Another factor is that the at-fault party must have at least been careless in their behavior for you to have a case. The majority of cases require you to demonstrate the negligence of the other party in order to prevail.
Contact our legal staff to talk about what has happened to you. We would be more than happy to look into whether you have a case.
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you hire a personal injury attorney, you’re giving yourself the best chance to achieve a favorable outcome for your claim.
Reasons why this is the situation include:
- Lawyers have access to experts, such as accident reconstructionists and forensic economists, that can greatly improve the strength of your claim. These experts can also testify on your behalf if your case makes it to trial.
- The other party to your case will likely have a legal team to assist them. Insurance agencies have entire legal departments dedicated to limiting their liability. With an attorney on your side, you will help to level that playing field.
- It’s also likely true that the other side will try to blame you for the accident. If they succeed in doing so, you might leave empty-handed because of Florida’s pure comparative negligence rules. A lawyer can help you effectively defend yourself against these allegations.
Would you like more information on why hiring a personal injury attorney is appropriate for your case? Contact Allen Law Firm, P.A. to set up your free case review.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Ocala, Florida
At Allen Law Firm, P.A., no case is complex or too challenging for our legal experts. Our law firm focuses entirely on representing injury victims like you.
We specialize in personal injury. Therefore, the laws and procedures that will apply to your case are second-nature to us.
We represent clients in all injury matters including those who have been injured as a result of:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Boating accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Product liability
- Medical malpractice
If an accident is fatal, our attorneys are also here to help families pick up the pieces. While money recovered through a wrongful death action might not bring a loved one back, it can provide great support for the years to come. No matter how or why you were injured, we are ready to help you recover maximum compensation from those responsible.
Contact us today to learn more.
Ocala Accident Statistics
Data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) show the following numbers of car accident statistics for Marion County in recent vintage:
- 2023 (as of February): 488 collisions and 5 fatalities
- 2022: 7,045 collisions and 109 fatalities
- 2021: 7,132 crashes and 93 fatalities
- 2020: 5,918 wrecks and 105 fatalities
- 2019: 6,353 crashes and 90 fatalities
- 2018: 6,113 collisions and 84 fatalities
These numbers encompass accidents involving cars, motorcycles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Of course, there are many more types of accidents than those related to vehicles. That means that more people within Ocala and Marion County are injured in preventable accidents than those mentioned here.
If you’ve suffered an injury in any type of personal injury accident, Allen Law Firm, P.A., can provide you with trusted legal advice and help.
What Types of Injuries Can I Sustain After an Ocala Accident?
Personal injury accidents can result in a wide range of serious injuries.
Some of the more common forms of injury our law firm sees include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Back injuries
- Leg injuries
- Organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Puncture wounds
- Wrongful death of a loved one
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Road rash
Reach out to us for help if you have incurred an injury in Ocala, Florida. We can help you seek compensation from the defendant.
What is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
There are many different factors that will ultimately influence what your settlement or jury verdict is worth.
- How severe are your injuries?
- What are your current medical costs? What kind of medical bills will you have?
- Will your injury prevent you from going back to work – temporarily and/or permanently?
- What are the costs associated with replacing or repairing damaged property?
- How has the accident and your injury affected you emotionally and/or psychologically?
- Do you share any of the blame for your injuries?
Generally speaking, the more serious the injuries, the higher a related injury claim for damages will be valued.
You can trust that our personal injury attorneys in Ocala will work hard to make sure that you get every cent you need.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Accident Victims in North Central Florida?
In Florida, compensatory damages fall into the following categories:
Economic damages are those awarded to make up for the verifiable financial losses associated with an injury.
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Funeral and burial expenses (if an accident results in wrongful death)
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are awarded to compensate for consequences of an accident that aren’t as easy to value in terms of dollars and cents.
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
In limited instances, punitive damages – those awarded to punish the defendant – might also be on the table. However, there must be clear and convincing evidence that the defendant acted intentionally or with gross negligence.
Our legal experts will exhaust every avenue as we work to identify the damages to which you’re entitled and strive to maximize your recovery.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
Our law firm operates on contingency. Simply: you don’t pay unless we win. There are no up-front costs. We take care of the administrative expenses, filing fees, and all litigation-related bills.
Our personal injury attorneys in Ocala only get paid if and when we negotiate a settlement or win a reward for your case. When we win, we simply earn a pre-agreed upon percentage of your net winnings.
There is zero risk in setting up an initial consultation and hiring our law firm. No win. No fee. Call us today to learn more.
Steps to Proving Negligence in a Personal Injury Case
The vast majority of personal injury cases are founded on the theory that our clients were injured because of the neglect of someone else. So, what is negligence, anyway?
Negligence is when someone had a responsibility to act in a certain way, didn’t, and, as a result, caused damage to another person.
Proving negligence involves establishing four separate elements:
The defendant (person being sued) owed the plaintiff (the person damaged) a duty of care. This means that the defendant had a legal obligation to act in such a way that would keep the plaintiff reasonably safe.
Example: Anyone who drives on the roads in Ocala must do so with care, caution, and in compliance with traffic laws.
The defendant did not satisfy the duty of care that was owed to the plaintiff. Their actions (or inaction) were insufficient to keep the defendant safe.
Example: A driver speeds or texts while driving, which prevents them from exercising the level of caution that’s necessary to drive safely.
The defendant’s conduct is the direct and proximate cause of harm to the plaintiff. This is:
- The plaintiff wouldn’t have been harmed “but for” the defendant’s conduct, and
- The plaintiff’s injury was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the defendant’s behavior
Example: The plaintiff’s car was rear-ended because the defendant was looking at their cell phone, rather than the road. Had the defendant been paying attention, they would have been able to see that the plaintiff’s car was not moving and hit the brakes, rather than slam into the back of the vehicle.
In order to be liable for negligence, the defendant’s conduct must have caused the plaintiff some type of injury or damage. This could be physical (e.g., broken bones, brain injury, whiplash), psychological (e.g., PTSD, anxiety), or economic (e.g., repairing a damaged vehicle, medical bills).
Your injury case is too important to seek out just any attorney. You want to work with a lawyer who really understands what you’re up against and knows how the system works. That comes from having represented cases like yours and knowing how to handle them. Contact our law office in Ocala to arrange an appointment to evaluate your accident case. Your first consultation is always free.
What is the Statute of Limitations for an Ocala Personal Injury Case?
For most personal injury matters, the statute of limitation is four years. The clock generally begins to run the moment you get hurt or discover your injury – whichever is later.
There are some exceptions to this rule. It is possible that you can really have more or less time. One thing is certain, however. You lose the right to recover anything, at all, if you miss the deadline that applies to your case.
Do not let compensation slip through your fingers because of a procedural technicality. Get Allen Law Firm, P.A., involved from the get-go. We will work to negotiate a fair settlement with insurance providers, but keep an eye on the clock, too. If the settlement doesn’t pan out or if your damages exceed the benefits that are available, we will be ready to take your case to the next level.
Personal Injury FAQs
What Should I Do After an Accident?
What you do in the moments after an accident can be impactful down the line when it comes to pursuing compensation.
Here are a few things to consider regarding what to do (and not do):
- Stay at the scene and collect evidence if it is safe to do so. This can include taking down contact information from any witnesses and taking photos and videos of the accident. If you flee the scene, it could hurt your case, and evidence will be helpful for your claim.
- If you can, call 911 and alert the authorities of the accident. This may be required by law if the accident was serious enough, but its a good idea regardless.
- Do not apologize or accept any blame for the accident. If you do, it could reduce or eliminate your ability to receive a monetary reward for your injuries.
- Receive prompt medical attention whether or not you’ve sustained an obvious injury. Some injuries are not revealed until later; medical evidence could be a critical component of your claim.
You should also consider reaching out to an injury attorney after an accident. A lawyer can offer you legal help and advice.
What Is a Personal Injury Case?
Is a legal dispute in a court of law between an injured victim, who is the plaintiff, and the at-fault party, who is the defendant. Types of scenarios that can lead to an injury case include motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, dog bites, and bicycle accidents.
There is a slight difference between a claim and a case. Many cases begin as claims, especially when the injured party is working with the insurance company of the defendant. In those instances, you’ll initially file a personal injury claim with that insurance company.
Sometimes, it becomes necessary to bring the claim to court, such as when the company refuses to offer an adequate settlement. At that point, once the lawsuit has been filed, it is considered a case.
Why Should I File a Personal Injury Claim?
Filing a personal injury claim might be your only way to recover compensation for the losses and injuries you’ve incurred. In almost every instance, the other party will not write you a check simply because you have asked them to. Instead, you will need to pursue a monetary sum from them via a personal injury claim.
One thing is certain, and that is that you deserve compensation if you have been harmed due to the carelessness of someone else. Allen Law Firm, P.A., can take care of every aspect of your claim while you heal from the accident. Talk to us today for more information.
Will My Case Go to Trial?
Statistically speaking, it is unlikely that your case will go to trial. Even if it does go to court, it can still settle all the way up to (and even during) trial. Most cases settle before making it to court in the first place.
However, it can be beneficial to keep the possibility of litigation in court above the defendant’s head, so to speak. One reason for that is that if your case reaches court, our legal experts will have access to the pretrial discovery process. This process could reveal the necessary evidence to prove it. In other words, the threat of court and trial could increase your bargaining power significantly.
If you choose Allen Law Firm, P.A., to take on your case, we will make it a priority to maximize the value of your claim. We won’t be afraid to go to court or trial for you if that’s what’s best for the situation.
Does Florida Have Comparative Negligence Rules and What Does That Mean?
Yes, Florida is a comparative negligence state. When multiple people (or parties) contribute to an accident, Florida law mandates that everyone shares some of the blame. If you contribute to an accident in Ocala, it’s not an automatic bar to monetary recovery. You can still seek and obtain monetary damages, someone else just has to be partaker of the blame.
However, your role in the accident will affect the amount you can ultimately take home when your case is resolved. Under Florida’s comparative fault rules, your damages will be reduced to reflect your level of accountability.
For example, let’s say you’re allocated 10 percent of the blame for a motor vehicle accident because you were speeding. You sustain $100,000 in damages as a result of the crash. Under the state’s modified negligence rule, your damages will be reduced by 10 percent. So, you will be entitled to, at most, $90,000 from your insurance provider and/or careless parties.
Insurance agencies love to use this rule to their advantage. Be prepared for adjusters to attempt to shift as much of the blame to you as possible. The more blame attributed to you, the less the insurer will ultimately have to pay.
Do not let these efforts go unchecked. Call us and let us defend you. We will work hard to either prove the allegations are false or, at the very least, limit how much of the blame is allocated to you. The more successful our efforts are, the more awards you can potentially get.
Common Personal Injury Cases in Ocala, FL
We regularly represent clients in all personal injury matters. Our practice areas include:
Car Accidents: Under Florida’s no-fault insurance rules, you will have to use to your own insurance provider to recover PIP benefits after a crash. However, sometimes PIP benefits aren’t enough to cover the full expenses of an auto accident. And, often, insurance adjusters attempt to wriggle out of their responsibility to pay you everything you should get. Our Ocala car accident lawyers will help you navigate the claims process and, if necessary, pivot to file a civil lawsuit against guilty parties so that you can be made financially whole.
Truck Accidents: It takes too much attention to navigate these vehicles safely. Unfortunately, drivers are often distracted, overtired, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. So, accidents with these big rigs happen. It’s usually other parties who suffer the consequences. Our Ocala truck accident attorneys will work diligently to determine why it happened and who must be held accountable for the catastrophic consequences.
Motorcycle Accidents: Drivers don’t always like sharing the road with motorcyclists Their actions behind the wheel make that clear. Tailgating, speeding past riders, and aggressive lane maneuvers aren’t uncommon. This behavior can and do put riders at risk. To make matters worse, they can have the audacity to blame the riders for wrecks when they occur. Our Ocala motorcycle accident lawyers know that, often, the rider shares little-to-no real blame. We’re here to help you prove that and hold negligent motorists accountable for your injuries.
Bus Accidents: These accidents might not happen every day. However, they tend to cause a lot of damage, devastation, and death when they do unfold. Following a bus crash, it’s important to work with an attorney who has the knowledge and skills necessary to untangle the details of these complex matters. Our team has expertise in these types of situations, and we’re ready to bring experts on board to help us as we investigate, build, and value your claim.
Uber Accidents: Uber drivers aren’t professionals – they’re just everyday people trying to earn some extra cash. They do not undergo any special training and aren’t subject to any special safety rules. Uber accidents, not surprisingly, aren’t all that uncommon. Often, it is an inexperienced or distracted Uber who’s to blame. Getting compensation after an Uber accident can be challenging. There can be many moving parts and several parties involved. Our lawyers can skillfully navigate the complexities of these cases, determine liability, and work to get maximum compensation for you.
Pedestrian Accidents: When pedestrians are struck by cars at intersections, the consequences can be catastrophic. Brain injuries, spinal cord damage, amputations, and even death aren’t uncommon results. Between current and future medical expenses, injuries tend to be costly. Many pedestrians find that they’re never able to return to work after an accident, which makes matters worse. Filing an injury claim and pursuing damages from distracted and negligent drivers can be the only way to make things even a little bit better. Our Ocala pedestrian accident lawyers will be by your side every step of the way.
Wrongful Death: When an accident is fatal, the person or parties responsible can’t just be allowed to walk away without consequence. And, while money might not turn back time, it can help to provide tremendous relief to grieving family members for years to come. That’s why our Ocala wrongful death lawyers will work around the clock, if necessary, to secure a little bit of justice for families who are grieving a devastating loss.
Slip and Fall Accidents: Slip and fall accidents shouldn’t occur. However, thanks to property owners who fail to take adequate maintenance of their premises, they do. If you have slipped and fallen in Ocala, it is essential to report the accident immediately and then waste no time in calling our legal offices. An early investigation can be critical in preserving evidence that will be the foundation of a claim against the negligent owner. Our attorneys can coordinate an in-depth analysis of your case as soon as you bring us on board.
Child Injuries: Children take risks. They do not always appreciate the potential consequences of those risks. So, adults have to exercise a little bit of extra caution to balance things out. Whether that involves putting up a fence around a swimming pool or double-checking that a dog is restrained when kids are running around. When an adult fails to take these steps, a child can become seriously injured, or even die. Our attorneys will be here to help you make that negligent adult (and all liable parties) accountable for the full extent of your child’s injuries and suffering.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Ocala Personal Injury Lawyer
You may be entitled to compensation for, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more if you or a loved one have been injured in an accident. Do not let insurance agencies push you around or bully you into accepting less than the value of your case. Call Allen Law Firm, P.A., and get help from Ocala personal injury attorneys.
We have been fighting on behalf of injured people since 2007. We’ve won fair agreements and jury awards for our clients. Let us put our reputation and knowledge to work for you. We will do everything in our power to obtain compensation for you, too.
We offer a free initial consultation, so do not hesitate to reach out to our law office to get started.
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- Marion County Clerk of Courts – 110 NW 1st Ave #1, Ocala, FL 34471
- US District Court – 205 NW 2nd St, Ocala, FL 34475
- Family Court Case Management – 110 NW 1st Ave, Ocala, FL 34475
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