Results are what count

At Avera & Smith, we pride ourselves on the results that we achieve for our clients whether through negotiation or hard-fought trial. Avera & Smith’s proven winning court record can help you get the compensation and other results you deserve.

Avera & Smith is powerful and effective to get you the results you deserve. You are never a number or a file to us. We treat our clients like family. We care about you. We do the heavy lifting so you can focus on your recovery and getting your life back on track.

Verdicts & Settlements

Hall Estate v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. – Wrongful Death – Rod Smith, Mark Avera, Dawn Vallejos-Nichols

Trial verdict in the amount of $17.5M to the estate of Lamar Hall, who died in 1995 of lung cancer related to nicotine addiction. This case was the first to be heard in North Central Florida after a landmark ruling by the Florida Supreme Court in 2006, in which the high court upheld a jury verdict finding tobacco companies liable for smoking-related injuries and deaths, but said that smokers and their families must bring individual suits to prove that smoking harmed them. In this case, and others following, attorneys challenge whether or not the tobacco company concealed or omitted information for decades regarding the dangerous health effects caused by cigarette smoking.

Alexander Estate v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. – Wrongful Death – Rod Smith, Mark Avera, Dawn Vallejos-Nichols

Trial verdict in amount of $5M. Decedent John Alexander died in 1999 after suffering tobacco-related chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mack Estate v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, Inc. – Wrongful Death – Rod Smith, Dawn Vallejos-Nichols

Trial verdict in the amount of $2.9M for the estate of Peter Mack, Sr., who suffered from laryngeal cancer and COPD as a result of smoking

Arbuckle v. Comtrak Logistics, Inc. – Tractor Trailer Truck Accident – Mark Avera

Settlement for 2008 accident in which Comtrak Logistics driver crashed into the rear of a Marion County school bus, killing one child and injuring dozens of others.

Corbin v. Subaqueous Services, Inc. – Personal Injury – Rod Smith and Marian Lee

Trial verdict in the amount of $1.9M in damages to plaintiff, a commercial crabber whose boat collided with an unmarked dredge pipeline near Horseshoe Beach, Florida.

Scott v. Crete Carrier Corporation – Tractor Trailer Truck Accident – Mark Avera and Lance Avera

Settlement for the crash in which Crete Carrier’s driver smashed into the rear of a car behind a stopped school bus, killing two Scott children.

Gonzalez v. J.K. Roofing, Inc./ALM Home Services, Cenimark Corp., Crum Resources – Workers’ Compensation – Lance Avera

Settlement in the amount of $300,000, including purchase of an annuity. Gonzalez, an illegal alien working as a roofer, fell from 2nd story of building, resulting in traumatic brain injury. Dispute regarding employee/employer relationship resulting in Judge’s decision that this relationship did, in fact, occur.

Berry v. Romac Lumber & Supply – Workers’ Compensation – Lance Avera

Mediated settlement in the amount of $235,000 in workers’ compensation disability claim for worker involved in a motor vehicle accident while driving a company vehicle. Subsequent mediated settlement for $325,000 for personal injury claim.

Lipira Estate v. Krishna Rao, M.D., P.A. – Wrongful Death – Mark Avera

Settlement in the amount of $250,000 (physician’s policy limit) for 80-year-old patient with hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) who had been prescribed statin medication to control the condition, medication which also may cause rhabdomyolysis, a condition that causes muscle cells to break down and, if untreated or unrecognized, may lead to death. Statin drugs were not discontinued, causing patient to die of complications from rhabdomyolysis.

Funderburk Estate v. Jang Lee/JL Trucking Co. – Personal Injury – Lance Avera

Settlement for plaintiff. Defendant’s driver abandoned the vehicle in a moving lane of traffic on U.S. 301 for the purpose of buying boiled peanuts causing the decedent to crash into the rear of the truck.