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

Smart Estate v. Redwine – Personal Injury and Wrongful Death – Lance Avera

Confidential settlement amount. Plaintiff Smart was operating a motor vehicle in which her daughter, the decedent, Amberlyn Patricia Rand, was a passenger. Defendant Redwine crossed the center line and sideswiped the vehicle operated by Plaintiff. Plaintiff made claim for personal injuries, as well as a claim for wrongful death for the death of her daughter. Suit was filed for both claims and settled prior to trial.

Watts Estate v. USAA Insurance Co – Wrongful Death – Mark Avera and Dawn Vallejos-Nichols

Trial verdict in the amount of $2M awarded to the estate of the deceased, who was killed instantly when his car was struck by a truck operated by Mathews Trucking Company.

Sledge v. Fresenius Medical Care, N.A. – Workers’ Compensation – Lance Avera

Settlement in the amount of $217,500 for employee who injured her back at work while lifting a patient, which required several surgeries and loss of ability to work. Carrier remains responsible for client’s medical care related to her work injury.

Wiederhold vs. Domino’s Pizza LLC – Wrongful Death – Mark Avera and Benjamin Steinberg

An Orange County jury awarded the widow of Richard Wiederhold $10.1 million in damages in a disputed liability case. Mr. Wiederhold was rendered a quadriplegic as a result of the accident involving a Domino’s delivery driver and subsequently passed away due to complications from his injuries.

O’Hara Estate vs. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. – Wrongful Death – Mark Avera, Rod Smith, Dawn Vallejos-Nichols

A Pensacola Circuit Court jury returned a $34.6 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds tobacco company on behalf of the family of Garry O’Hara, a man who passed away from lung cancer at age 50 subsequent to quitting smoking at age 35.

Lucille Soffer vs R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company – Wrongful Death – Mark Avera, Rod Smith and Dawn Vallejos-Nichols

The Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of Avera & Smith client Lucille Soffer in a case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company that will have significant implications for other Engle progeny tobacco-related cases statewide. The Supreme Court ruling reversed a First District Court of Appeal decision from 2012 that affirmed the compensatory damages verdict in the case, but found that the plaintiff was not entitled to seek punitive damages on the unintentional tort claims for negligence and strict liability.

O’Neil v. Centurion – Workers’ Compensation – Lance Avera

Settlement in the amount of $1.8 million for an employee who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he fell off of a semi-truck.

Berg v. Tiner Communications Service, Inc. – Workers’ Compensation – Lance Avera

Settlement in the amount of $3.5 million for an employee who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he fell from a tower.

Farmer v. Safeco – Personal Injury – Lance Avera

In a case in which the Plaintiff’s foot was run over by the Defendant driver while attending a parade, Lance Avera negotiated a settlement in the amount of $500,000 where the insurance policy limits were only $25,000.

Quiros v. Builders FirstSource, LLC – Workers’ Compensation / Personal Injury – Lance Avera and Benjamin Steinberg

When Mr. Quiros finished a long day of work and climbed into the the passenger seat of van owned by his employer for his commute home, he had no idea that his life, and the lives of his wife and three children, would change in an instant. When his co-worker fell asleep at the wheel, the van violently rolled over, and Mr. Quiros suffered catastrophic injuries, including a significant brain injury. After his workers’ compensation benefits were wrongfully denied, Avera & Smith stepped in and brought suit against the responsible parties. Had he been confined to only a workers’ compensation claim, his wife and children would have been entitled to nothing as a result of his injuries. However, after an extremely complex case involving workers’ compensation and personal injury law, Lance Avera and Benjamin Steinberg were able to secure a recovery of over $11,000,000 to benefit his entire family.