Vinas & DeLuca, PLLC

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Firm Overview

Main Office

Main Office
7700 North Kendall Dr.
Suite 303
Miami  FL  33156

Phone
  • (305) 372-3650
Fax
  • (305) 541-5074

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. No Fee if No Recovery

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We do not charge attorneys fees unless we make a recovery for our clients.

Office Information

Office Hours

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English & Spanish

Other Offices

  • Palm Beach County Office
    105 East Palmetto Park Rd.
    Boca Raton,  FL  33432
  • Tampa Office
    506 N. Armenia Avenue
    Tampa,  FL  33609
Auto Accident
Our practice is dedicated to representing people and businesses that have suffered significant loss due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of others.
Vinas & DeLuca, PLLC handles all forms of motor vehicle accidents, including those involving pedestrians, motorcycles, buses, tractor-trailers, and commercial vehicles. These accidents cause thousands of injuries and deaths each year. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2010 there were 32,885 traffic fatalities and an estimated 5,419,000 police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes, nearly half of which resulted in injury. NHTSA also reported in 2010 that an average of 90 people die each day in traffic crashes. 1 every 16 minutes.

If you or a loved one were involved in a motor vehicle accident, waiting to call an attorney will not help your case. But, it might seriously impair your ability to prevail in a lawsuit. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can investigate your case and begin preserving and analyzing critical evidence. As time passes, accident scenes change, eye-witness accounts waver, vehicles are salvaged, tire marks disappear, "black box" and electronically stored data may be erased, and other important evidence might become hard to obtain. Serious collisions often result in vehicles being salvaged because they are a "total loss." If contacted in time, our law firm will obtain and store the vehicles involved in your crash so that forensic engineers can photograph, measure, and analyze accident scenes, vehicular crush damage, tire marks, tread depth, and paint transfers all of which may be crucial to presenting and winning your case at trial.

Negligence on the road endangers us all. Despite considerable advances in federal motor vehicle safety standards, motor vehicle negligence such as speeding, texting while driving, distracted driving, intoxication, and fatigue continues to cause needless injury and death each day. Based on hand-held cell phone use rates in 2008, NHTSA estimates that there are 812,000 vehicles being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone at any given time.

"In 2008, 5,870 people lost their lives and an estimated 515,000 people were injured in police-reported crashes in which at least one form of driver distraction was reported on the crash report. While these numbers are significant, they may not state the true size of the problem, since the identification of distraction and its role in the crash by law enforcement can be very difficult." An Examination of Driver Distraction As Recorded in NHTSA Databases, September 2009.

That was 2008. Today, more and more people use cell phones while driving as those devices are capable of performing more and more functions. They are no longer limited to just calling, texting, and e-mailing.

We understand that automobile accidents can have a devastating impact on your life. Even low speed collision can cause long life-altering injury and lead to extensive medical care and medical bills.

If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact Vinas & DeLuca, PLLC for a free and confidential consultation by calling (305) 372-3650.
Medical Malpractice
Our practice is dedicated to representing people and businesses that have suffered significant loss due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of others.
Medical malpractice is a specialized and complex area of personal injury law. Because special statutes and procedures govern these cases, they are often expensive to litigate and commonly raise complex legal and medical issues. If you believe you or a loved one may have a claim for medical malpractice, it is important that you find an attorney experienced in this area of the law. It is also important that you seek legal advice sooner rather than later as these cases have a two-year statute of limitations in Florida and regularly require considerable time to properly evaluate.

Before a medical malpractice case can be filed, medical records must be obtained and reviewed by a medical expert. Unlike other personal injury cases, medical malpractice actions cannot be filed in Florida without a verified written medical expert opinion corroborating reasonable grounds to support a claim of medical negligence. So, time must be allotted for an expert to review all pertinent medical records after they are obtained. This can be time consuming and expensive. If a medical malpractice lawsuit is initiated, the parties are first required to participate in a 90-day "presuit period," during which time the parties exchange information, review and investigate the claim, and explore a resolution of the case. If the case is not resolved during the 90-day period, a formal lawsuit can be filed.

Although the legal and factual complexity of medical malpractice cases often drives up litigation expenses, at Vinas & DeLuca there is never a fee for attorney's time or a charge for litigation costs unless we are able to make a recovery for our client.

Patients and their families are often unsure whether medical negligence is to blame for an injury or death. More commonly, patients simply suspect a medical error has occurred. This is not surprising as medical errors are sometimes committed while patients are under anesthesia or in surgery, and may be hard to detect absent specialized medical knowledge. The lawyers at Vinas & DeLuca have experience investigating, reviewing, and successfully pursuing medical malpractice and birth injury cases. Our goal in each medical malpractice case is to bring clarity and transparency to the facts and circumstances that caused injury and help our clients received the justice they deserve.

Why You Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer:

Medical malpractice actions are extremely complex. Attorneys handling these claims must have a comprehensive knowledge of the numerous Florida Statutes governing malpractice claims and an understanding of the medical issues involved in each claim. Our law firm often hires nurse paralegals and investigators to thoroughly review records in medical malpractice cases to ensure our lawyers have the necessary appreciations for the medical issues of each case.

If you or a loved one suffered injury or loss due to medical negligence, contact Vinas & DeLuca for a free and confidential consultation by calling (305) 672.3650.
Product Liability
Our practice is dedicated to representing people and businesses that have suffered significant loss due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of others.
Over the years, prescription drugs, medical devices, commercial equipment, tools, and other consumer products have been pulled from our streets and shelves because of dangerous product defects and serious safety concerns. Product defects can be caused by the way a product is designed, manufactured, assembled, or constructed. Further, a product may be defective if it does not contain adequate instructions, labeling, or fails to warn users of potential injuries. Shockingly, large manufacturers sometimes allow consumer products to be distributed and sold to the public knowing they are unreasonably dangerous and will likely cause harm or death to a portion of those who use them.

Product manufacturers have a legal responsibility to ensure products are not unreasonably dangerous when they reach the public. This includes properly labeling products in order to warn consumers of potential injuries which might occur from product use and to reasonably guard against such injuries.

Product liability claims may involve any consumer product, including:

Construction Equipment, Tools & Vehicles
Automobiles & Motorcycles
ATVs, Four-Wheelers & Recreational Vehicles
Medical Devices & Surgical Implants
Pharmaceutical Drugs & Dietary Supplements
Child Safety Seats
Tainted Foods & Dietary Supplements

A successful product liability action can have industry-wide effects and can prompt changes in the way consumer products are built, labeled, and sold. In some instances, they can even lead to industry-wide product recalls. Product liability lawsuits have lead to some of the largest and most significant verdicts in our country. But, large manufacturers also have the financial means to vigorously defend these lawsuits and often do. Although successfully litigating a product defect claim can be complex, time consuming, and expensive, at Vinas & DeLuca there is never a fee for attorney's time or a charge for litigation costs unless we are able to make a recovery for our client.

When retaining a product liability attorney, it is important that you contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. Perhaps more important, be sure your lawyer has the necessary time and resources to devote to your case. Lawyers at Vinas & DeLuca are experienced in handling these cases. We deliberately accept only a fraction of the cases referred to our lawyers so we can give each client and case the attention they deserve.

If you believe you or a loved one were injured by a defective product, contact Vinas & DeLuca for a free and confidential consultation by calling (305) 372-3650.
Trucking Accident
Our practice is dedicated to representing people and businesses that have suffered significant loss due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of others.
Commercial vehicles, such as tractor-trailers and semi-trucks, pose serious and unique dangers on the road. These vehicles can greatly outweigh passenger cars, be difficult to steer, stop, and operate, and often carry hazardous materials. Drivers hired to operate commercial vehicles must understand and appreciate these dangers and exercise the utmost care when operating commercial vehicles on our roads.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 276,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes in the United States during 2010, resulting in 3,675 fatalities and 80,000 injuries. Of these deaths, 76 percent were occupants of other vehicles and 10 percent were non-occupants. Of those injured, 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles.

Between 2009 and 2010, fatalities in crashes involving large trucks increased 9% and injuries increased 8%. The number of registered large trucks in the U.S. increased over 37% during that same time.

"Large trucks were more likely to be involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle crash as opposed to a fatal single-vehicle crash than were passenger vehicles (82% of fatal crashes involving large trucks are multiple-vehicle crashes, compared with 58% for fatal crashes involving passenger vehicles)." NHTSA

Commercial vehicle and trucking accidents can be caused by:

Driver Fatigue
Aggressive and Careless Driving
Falling Cargo
Poorly Maintained Equipment
Speeding
Improper Use of Mobile Devices
Inadequate Training
Improper Weight and Load Distributions
Poor Visibility
Inattentiveness
Following Too Closely
Driver Distraction

These are serious cases and deserve attention and diligence in prosecuting. An inadequate or untimely investigation can compromise any chance of achieving justice for those hurt and injured.

Accidents involving tractor trailers, cranes, large trucks or other commercial vehicles are very different than those involving standard automobiles and lawyers handling these claims must have specific knowledge of the Federal and State laws governing the proper and safe operation of commercial vehicles. There are numerous federal and state laws that govern the regulation and operation of commercial vehicles. For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) is a comprehensive set of laws which were enacted in order to ensure drivers of commercial vehicles follow specific rules to keep our roads safe.

Who must comply with commercial trucking regulations?

All non-exempt commercial motor vehicles that cross state lines, including big-rig trucks, are subject to the federal motor carrier safety regulations. If these semi-trucks are operating within one state, they need to abide by state-equivalent motor carrier safety regulations. The intent of the regulations is to cover all persons and entities involved in operating commercial vehicles, including:

Drivers
Hiring managers
Trainers
Supervisors
Managers
Dispatchers
Additional truck/commercial vehicle regulations covered by the FMCSA

As well as identifying all types of drivers, companies and vehicles required to comply with the FMCSA, the Act also reguates:

CDL requirements
Driver qualification and testing
Operating or Driving a commercial truck or large vehicle
Proper equipment and Parts for safe operation
Logging hours of driving or operation
Routine inspection and maintenance requirements
Drug testing and screening
Insurance requirements
Maintaining and proper record keeping
Within each of these regulations, there are specific duties and requirements imposed on drivers, owners and operators of trucks and commercial vehicles.

Understanding the rules and regulations of the FMCSA is necessary when representing an individual injured in an accident caused by a truck or commercial vehicle. Over the years, trucking companies have developed standards and industry practices common to all trucking companies. It is important to understand not only the rules and regulations, but also how the industry has changed and implemented management and operational practices to comply with the rules and regulations of the FMCSRs.

It is important to speak to an attorney who is familiar with trucking and commercial vehicle laws

If you or a loved one was injured in a commercial vehicle accident, contact Vinas & DeLuca for a free and confidential consultation by calling (305) 372-3650.
Wrongful Death
Our practice is dedicated to representing people and businesses that have suffered significant loss due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of others.
Coping with the loss of a family member when that loss was caused by another's carelessness or negligence can be especially difficult. When a person is killed as the result of another's negligence, that person's estate and survivors may have a claim for wrongful death. These lawsuits take considerable time, dedication, and personal attention to effectively pursue. A lawyer must truly learn how a death has affected individual family members, both emotionally and financially. Under Florida law, these lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date of death.

What can be recovered in a wrongful death case?

Florida Statute 768.21 governs what may be claimed as damages in a wrongful death action. Under Florida Statute 768.21, each statutory survivor may recover the value of lost support and services from the date of injury until death, with interest, and future loss of support and services from the date of death forward. "Support" includes contributions in kind as well as money. "Services" means tasks, usually of a household nature, regularly performed by the decedent that will be a necessary expense to the survivors of the decedent. If the decedent was married, his or her surviving spouse may also recover for loss of the decedent's companionship and protection and for mental pain and suffering. A decedent's minor children (and all children of the decedent if there is no surviving spouse and the claim is not one based on medical malpractice) may also recover for lost parental companionship, instruction, and guidance and for mental pain and suffering. If the decedent was a minor child, then each parent may also recover for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury. If there are no other survivors, each parent of an adult child may also recover for mental pain and suffering provided the action is not one for medical malpractice. Medical or funeral expenses may be recovered by a survivor who has paid them.

Finally, the estate of a decedent is entitled to recover medical or funeral expenses due to the decedent's injury or death that have become a charge against the estate, or that were paid by or on behalf of decedent. The estate may also recover what are referred to as "net accumulations," which are the part of the decedent's expected net business or salary income, including pension benefits, that the decedent probably would have retained as savings and left as part of her or his estate if the decedent had lived her or his normal life expectancy.

If you have questions about filing a wrongful death lawsuit, contact Vinas & DeLuca for a free and confidential consultation by calling (305) 372-3650.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

When clients put their trust and confidence in our firm after a catastrophic injury or financial loss, we take that responsibility seriously. We limit the number of cases we accept so we can devote more time to each client and remain easily accessible to them.

If your lawsuit is not settled out of court, you can be confident the lawyers at Vinas & DeLuca have devoted the necessary time, attention, and resources to carefully prepare your case for trial. We know that putting the pieces back together after a serious physical or financial loss can be extremely difficult. Let us help.

We are committed to earning the respect of our clients and adversaries. We know this can be achieved only though skilled legal representation, careful case preparation, unwavering dedication to our clients and above all-hard work. We strive to remain assessable to our clients, answer their questions, and stand by them through each step of the litigation process. We also know that results matter and we are committed to being zealous and stalwart advocates for our clients.

At Vinas & DeLuca, we believe effective legal representation requires personal attention, consideration of each client's unique circumstances, and an exhaustive command of the facts, details and legal issues in each case. This is especially true in cases involving complex business, medical or legal issues. That's why Vinas & DeLuca accepts only a fraction of the cases which are referred to its lawyers. We feel our commitment to handling fewer cases helps ensure that our clients receive the focused representation they deserve and the necessary time, effort and resources to best position them to win their cases.

Jarrett DeLuca

Jarrett DeLuca focuses his practice on complex personal injury, wrongful death, and business tort litigation. Over the years, he has obtained significant settlements and verdicts for his clients, including various multi-million dollar awards and settlements. From 2008 to 2011, he served as an adjunct faculty member at St. Thomas School of Law where he lectured and worked with law students on the St. Thomas Trial Team. During that time, he also tried multiple personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits with members of his former law firm. Two of those trials resulted in confidential settlements while another resulted in a $20,000,000.00 verdict against three of America's largest tobacco companies. That verdict followed a four-week wrongful death trial involving three adult children who lost their mother to a tobacco related illness in the mid 1990's. In 2012, Jarrett was involved in a complex product liability trial against Ford Motor Company as well as a trial against CSX Transportation, Inc. which resulted in a $472,819.00 verdict for a railroad employee injured during a train derailment.

Jarrett was recognized by Florida Super Lawyers magazine in 2012, 2013, and 2014 as a Rising Star in the area of plaintiff's personal injury litigation, a recognition given to only 2.5% of Florida's lawyers. He has also written articles for state and national legal publications discussing trial strategy, arbitration agreements, cruise ship liability and other legal topics. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Florida Justice Association Young Lawyers Board and also serves on the Florida Justice Association's medical malpractice committee. Jarrett also regularly participates in lobbying efforts at the state legislative level to help preserve legal rights for those hurt by medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, nursing home neglect, and defective products.

Before attending law school, Jarrett graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business Administration with a degree in Finance and interned with the Commercial Service at the United States Embassy in Paris, France. As a law student, he clerked for judges at the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court where he worked on a variety civil litigation cases and had the opportunity to view trials from the judges' perspective. He then started his legal career as an associate with a full-service civil litigation law firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, litigating cases related to corporate fraud, shareholder disputes, local government authority, breach of contract, eminent domain, patent and copyright infringement, and other complex commercial disputes and business torts.

Education:

University of Florida, Levin College of Law
Juris Doctor
Trial Team
Moot Court

University of Florida Warrington College of Business
Summa Cum Laude
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Major: Finance

Bar Admissions

Florida State Courts
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida

Organizations

Florida Justice Association
Medical Malpractice Committee, 2012-Present
Young Lawyers Board of Directors, 2009-Present
Chair, Young Lawyers Board, 2013-2014
Chair-Elect, Young Lawyers Board, 2012-2013
Board of Directors, 2012-2014

American Association for Justice
Business Torts Section
Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Section
Products Liability Section

Dade County Bar Association
DCBA Young Lawyers Schools Committee, 2012
Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association
Miami Dade County Trial Lawyers Association
American Bar Association

Publications

The Wake of the 2010 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act
The Sidebar, American Association for Justice, Spring 2014, at 4-5.

Remedies for Spoliation of Evidence
Journal of the Florida Justice Association, July/August 2013, at 40-42.

Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements
Journal of the Florida Justice Association, December 2012, at 44-47.

Protecting Your Verdict from Juror Misconduct
Journal of the Florida Justice Association, May/June 2011, at 58-59.

Basic Rules Governing Compulsory Medical Examinations
Journal of the Florida Justice Association, July 2010, at 30-32.

National Security Policy and Ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
32 Hous. J. Int'l L. 1 (contributing author and researcher).

Awards

2012, 2013, 2014 Rising Star,
Super Lawyers Magazine (plaintiffs personal injury)

Best Oral Advocate,
University of Florida, Levin College of Law
License
  • Bar Number: 025878
    Florida , 2006
Education
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2006
    Best Oral Advocate
    Honors Award, Appellate Advocacy
    Honors Award, Trial Practice

Francisco "Frank" Vinas

Francisco (Frank) Vinas has been practicing civil litigation since 1997. While insurance companies and large corporations often attempt to delay or avoid being held accountable for their negligence or wrongdoing, Mr. Vinas has devoted his career to "uncovering the truth" for this clients and pursuing justice and compensation for their losses. In recent decades, the public has been flooded with misleading commercials, information, and other propaganda aimed at convincing people that all lawsuits are frivolous. Mr. Vinas has made it his professional mission to expose this falsehood and uncover the truth one client at a time.

Early in his career, Mr. Vinas defended insurance companies, product manufacturers, nursing home owners, and large hospital conglomerates. He knows first hand how these well-funded companies defend against lawsuits and often try to manipulate the legal system in their favor. He also knows what it takes to uncover the truth for his clients and effectively combat these defense litigation tactics. The moment an injury occurs, corporate defendants with vast resources can and often do hire teams of lawyers and investigators to gather favorable statements, admissions, videos, photographs, and other evidence which can be used against an injured person during litigation. On many occasions, Frank has seen victims unknowing waive their legal rights and critical evidence destroyed, hidden, lost, and stolen. That is why Mr. Vinas goes to work early for his clients, thoroughly investigating claims, gathering and preserving essential evidence, documenting the facts of a case, and guarding against any defense attempts to limit his client's rights or ability to prevail at trial.

Mr. Vinas has nearly 20 years of experience representing people and businesses who have needlessly suffered harm and loss due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of others. While representing people throughout Florida, he has handled cases involving medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, tractor-trailer collisions, construction site injuries, boating and personal watercraft injuries, hospital and nursing home neglect, product liability, negligent security, assaults, and slip/trip and falls accidents.

Frank began his legal career in 1995 as a prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office in Jefferson County, Florida, representing victims of crime on behalf of the State of Florida. He learned early in his career the suffering his clients felt after being victimized. After years of representing insurance companies to defend claims, Frank established his own law firm in 2002 and returned to representing those victimized and harmed by the wrongful conduct of others.

Mr. Vinas attended the University of South Florida (USF) and Florida International University (FIU), where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance in 1992. He then attended law school at Florida State University (FSU), earning his Juris Doctor degree in 1995.

Frank is a member of the Florida Justice Association, the Cuban American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and is a former Board of Director for the Miami-Dade County Justice Association. Frank is fluent in English and Spanish and currently resides in Miami with his wife and two daughters.

Education

Florida State College of Law, Juris Doctor

Florida International University
University of South Florida

Organizations

Florida Justice Association

American Association for Justice

Miami-Dade County Trial Lawyers Association

Cuban American Bar Association (Former Board of Directors)
License
  • Bar Number: 76228
    Florida , 1996

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