Orlando Style Magazine features Chuck Smith

“As an attorney, placing the interests of your client above your own and listening to what your client truly wants and needs is imperative to the ethical practice of law. Being able to give your clients the best advice possible as to whether to accept a settlement or go to trial comes from actual experience and from listening to them. Being able to best help your clients comes from spending real time with them to prepare them in litigation for depositions, mediations, and trials.”

These are some of the reasons why Charles W. Smith, or “Chuck” as he is known to his friends and clients, started his own law firm, C.W. Smith Law, P.A. With a strong focus on honesty and integrity, he opened his doors in 2014. After well over a decade of working for different law firms, he was ready to run an office which incorporated these values and allowed him to serve his clients with the utmost attention to precision and personalized service. He wanted to better represent individuals with workers’ compensation claims and personal injury cases, as well as help individuals and businesses with insurance claims and insurance litigation. After 22 years of practice, he is doing just that.

Originally from Iowa, Chuck attended the University of Iowa for his undergraduate studies. He then attended law school at the University of Indiana in Indianapolis. After graduating in 1996, he moved to the Central Florida area where he started his career as an attorney, and this has been home to him ever since. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Iowa, and the District of Columbia. He has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is achieved by a significant number of his peers ranking him at the highest level of professional excellence due to his knowledge of the law, ability to communicate, and high ethical standards. He is a member of the Florida Justice Association, Florida Workers’ Advocates, the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association and the Orange County Bar Association. Chuck has tried over 72 workers’ compensation trials or final hearings, has tried many civil trials to conclusion, and has handled numerous appeals in several jurisdictions. He has handled cases to trial resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts and has settled multi-million dollar cases before going to trial, but believes that all clients deserve his equal attention, no matter how much money is attached to their case.

A dedicated family man, when Chuck is not at work, he can be found spending time with his wife and three children. He enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, coaching, attending Orlando City Soccer games, and rooting for any sport the Iowa Hawkeyes are playing.

Published in Orlando Style Magazine Sept Edition 2019

You Only Have 30 Days! Call Our Claims Attorney Today

If you are injured in a work accident in Florida, do not wait to file a claim. In the state of Florida and
absent special circumstances, you only have 30 days to notify your employer or its carrier of your
accident and injuries. Make sure not to wait because if you do not file a claim within 30 days, it will be
very difficult to prove your case. Also, if you wait too long between your accident and the time you file
a claim (even if less than 30 days), your case may simply be denied by an employer or adjuster who
does not believe you. Although there are some ways around the 30 day notice provision, it is always
best to place your employer on notice as soon as possible and preferably via e-mail or in writing. That
applies even if you think you will get better or are reluctant to file a claim. Our claims attorney at
C.W. Smith Law, P.A. urges you to file within the time limitations to receive the most for your claim.

You Only Have 30 Days!

In the state of Florida, injuries are usually covered by the Florida Worker’s Compensation Law and
certain occupational or repetitive injuries are also covered under this law. You must provide notice of
your injury within 30 days of the accident, otherwise your claim could be denied for untimely
reporting. This is slightly different with repetitive injuries and you should consult with an attorney as
soon as possible to discuss your claim. If you would like more details about this law, you can read
Florida Statute Section 440.185 which can be found on our web site at
https://www.cwsmithlaw.com/attorney/attorney-resources/ You should always immediately consult
with an attorney after giving notice of your accident and injury to your employer if you believe there
will be any issues with timely or proper notice.

Third Party Claims

When you file a workers’ compensation claim you do not have to prove negligence of your employer,
but you also do not have the right to recover damages for pain and suffering. If your case involves a
third party, such as a motor vehicle accident on the job, you may also be able to pursue other
compensatory damages. There is a possibility you can bring a separate civil suit against the owner of
the property you were injured on (even if your employer), another worker on a job site, or the owner
of the machinery that caused your injury. Although such third party claims are not subject to the 30
day notice provisions, you should still consult with an attorney as soon as possible. This is so that
preservation of evidence (and any videos) can be demanded by your attorney. Such third party cases
are, however, subject to statutes of limitations which limit when a suit must be filed. This is another
reason you should always consult with an attorney soon after your accident.

Contact Us

If you have been injured at work and need to be placed on disability but are not receiving the benefits
you deserve, or have other questions about your claim, please contact our claims attorney at C.W.
Smith Law, P.A. We can review your case with you and help determine what benefits you may be
eligible for under the Worker’s Compensation Law. Please contact us today at 407-801-2667 or visit
our website cwsmithlaw.com .