Williston Personal Injury Lawyers
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Levy County
Founded in 1965, Schackow & Mercadante has long been helping victims of serious injuries and the families of those wrongfully killed fight for the justice they deserve. We are known for our aggressive approach to negotiating, litigating, and trying cases, along with our compassionate and empathetic approach to helping our clients navigate the legal system. With more than 126 years of combined experience, our attorneys have the knowledge, resources, and skills to effectively advocate for you.
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident or otherwise harmed by the negligent or wrongful conduct of another, reach out to the Williston personal injury lawyers at Schackow & Mercadante today to learn how we can help. We offer free initial consultations and contingency fees, so you do not owe any upfront or out-of-pocket costs when you hire our firm. Instead, we only collect attorney fees if/when we recover compensation for you.
To schedule your complimentary case evaluation, call (352) 261-6767 or fill out and submit a secure online contact form.
Our Practice Areas
At Schackow & Mercadante, we represent people in Williston, Levy County, and all of the surrounding areas who have been injured or lost loved ones in all types of accidents and due to all types of negligence.
Our personal injury practice includes complex claims involving:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Large truck accidents
- Scooter accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Animal attacks
- Catastrophic injuries
- Defective drugs
- Medical negligence
- Medical product liability
- Nursing home abuse
- Pool and water accidents
- Slip and falls
- Wrongful death
Our team also handles workers’ compensation claims on behalf of employees who suffer all types of employment-related injuries, illnesses, and medical conditions. In addition to helping you file your initial claim, we can assist you in requesting an appeal if your workers’ compensation claim is denied.
Our experienced attorneys are here to provide the personal attention, direct communication, and dedicated counsel you need throughout the legal process. We are zealous advocates for our clients and work tirelessly to maximize their recoveries as quickly and efficiently as possible. While we strive for favorable settlements, we are always prepared to take cases to trial whenever necessary.
One of the most important elements of your personal injury claim is the issue of liability. “Liability” refers to the defendant’s legal responsibility for your injuries and damages. Following an accident or traumatic event, it can be difficult to prove that someone else is liable—but Schackow & Mercadante can help.
Our Williston personal injury lawyers have extensive experience and the resources needed to effectively investigate claims, gather important evidence, and aggressively negotiate with insurance adjusters and other liable parties.
We evaluate all pertinent factors, including:
- The cause of the accident or injury
- The defendant’s role in causing our client’s injury
- The severity of our client’s injury and its effects on their life
- The extent of our client’s losses, including future damages
- All available insurance coverage
- Possible secondary and alternative avenues of compensation
- Whether the defendant acted negligently, wrongfully, or intentionally
Our team works with accident reconstructionists, economists, medical professionals, and other experts when investigating and building cases. This allows us to present a clear picture of your injury and damages to the insurance company and/or judge and jury. We meticulously build thorough cases and tailor our legal strategies to the unique details of each individual situation, allowing us to effectively pursue maximum compensation on behalf of our clients.
What Compensation Is Available in a Personal Injury Claim?
After a serious injury or the tragic loss of a loved one, you are likely to experience numerous financial hardships. From mounting medical bills to lost income, these challenges can be extremely difficult to navigate.
The purpose of filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim is to recover financial compensation for certain damages, including both financial losses and non-economic hardships resulting from or associated with the injury or death.
Some examples of common damages available in personal injury claims include:
- Medical expenses, including ongoing and future care costs
- Lost income, wages, and employment benefits
- Loss of earning ability and future earnings
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Medical equipment, such as wheelchairs or prosthetics
- In-home assistance and care
- Modifications to a home or vehicle
- Emotional distress and anguish
- Treatment for PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions
In a wrongful death case, it may be possible to recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses associated with the deceased’s final treatment
- Funeral and/or burial costs
- Loss of income, inheritance, and financial support
- Services and support provided by the deceased
- Loss of parental guidance, counsel, and companionship
- Loss of love, comfort, society, and consortium
In certain personal injury and wrongful death cases, it may also be possible to recover punitive damages. Also known as exemplary damages, punitive damages are not meant to compensate the victim(s) for specific economic and non-economic damages, like the compensatory damages outlined above. Instead, punitive damages may be awarded in cases involving gross negligence or intentional misconduct as a way to punish the defendant and send a message that such conduct will not be tolerated.
It is important that you do not delay in contacting a personal injury or wrongful death lawyer. In Florida, you only have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit and just two years to bring a wrongful death lawsuit (in most cases). If the applicable statute of limitations passes before you bring your claim in court, your case will most likely be dismissed.
At Schackow & Mercadante, our Williston personal injury attorneys are here to guide you through the legal process. We work quickly and efficiently on behalf of our clients, and we are always available to answer questions and address concerns along the way. If you believe you may have a personal injury or wrongful death case in Levy County, reach out to our firm today to set up a free initial consultation.
To get started, call (352) 261-6767 or contact us online using our secure submission form.
“I met with Marie Banks to go over Car Accident Preparedness. She was awesome and so full of knowledge. Patient with all my questions and I left her office feeling good about the insurance I had and felt prepared if an accident were to happen. She treated me like family. Thank you! 10 out of 10 would definitely recommend.”
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