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

Hill v. State Farm – Motor Vehicle Injury – Rod Smith and Benjamin Steinberg

Almost three years after suffering a traumatic brain injury which kept Mr. Hill from continuing his career as a schoolteacher, he learned that he had insurance available from State Farm. Instead of resolving the claim, the insurance company called him a “malingerer” and offered him only $500 for his personal injury, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. In response, he hired Avera & Smith. Rod Smith and Benjamin Steinberg took his case all the way through to a jury verdict in federal court in Jacksonville, Florida. The jurors disagreed with the insurance company’s evaluation and awarded our client a verdict of over $1,600,000.

Marion County Jury Awards $2.5 Million Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

A Marion County jury handed down a $2,500,000 verdict to an Avera & Smith client who was the spouse of a patient who passed away after a family practice physician failed to identify the signs and symptoms of a deadly disease.

The Ocala jury determined, after a week-long trial, that the patient’s physician failed to meet the required standard of care, resulting in the patient’s death. By the time diagnostic tests were performed identifying the problem, the patient was already near death.

Avera & Smith attorneys Mark Avera and Ben Steinberg tried this case to verdict with the support of Avera & Smith staff.

Avera & Smith has represented Floridians for more than 60 years with a legacy of personal service and genuine care for clients and the local community. Visit for more information.