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June 26, 2014

openFDA: More than 3 million adverse drug event reports at your fingertips

The Food and Drug Administration has publicly released a huge amount of data on drug side effects that it hopes will lead to new research.  Under its open FDA project (   , the agency has released more than 3 million reports on adverse drug events and medication errors recorded between 2004 and 2013. These […]

June 25, 2014

Lawyers can look at jurors’ social media sites

I am thrilled that the ABA has finally come out and taken a position on  trials and the musings of potential jurors and jurors on social media sites.  The ethical issues with investigating jurors was a dicey area for many lawyers so I know I cannot be the only one who is applauding the ABA. The […]

November 1, 2013

Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. ranked in 2014 “Best Law Firms”

 Jacksonville, FL, United States — Friday, November 01, 2013 — Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. has been ranked in the 2014 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® in the following areas: METROPOLITAN AWARDS Tier 1, Jacksonville, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs Tier 2, Jacksonville, Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs […]

October 1, 2013

Judge tosses key provision of medical malpractice law

A Florida federal judge recently threw out part of a state medical-malpractice law enacted earlier this year, saying it attempts to circumvent federal law that protects the improper disclosure of patients’ medical information. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle concluded that the new law violates the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act with a provision […]

July 31, 2013

Lindsay Tygart receives AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Rating

  Lindsay L. Tygart, an associate at Edwards & Ragatz P.A., has received an AV Preeminent rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Peer Review. Ms. Tygart ranked 4.6 out of 5 points, which according to the Martindale-Hubbell’s website, “means her peers hold her to very high criteria of ethical standards.” She is the 3rd attorney […]

July 1, 2013

State Toughens Rules for Expert Witnesses

New rules for physicians and others who testify in medical malpractice cases will kick in today but the Florida Board of Medicine is already showing zero tolerance for “experts” who may not measure up, the Tampa Tribune reported on June 7, 2013.   Recently, the Florida Board of Medicine threw out a settlement that would have offered mild punishment […]

June 24, 2013

Florida justices reject medical malpractice agreement in patient’s death

Thursday, June 20, 2013: The Florida Supreme Court has ruled for the first time that an agreement between a physician and a patient requiring the patient to arbitrate their medical malpractice claim and significantly limit the damages they can recover is unenforceable.  Arbitration of malpractice claims has long been an option; what is significant about this decision […]

May 13, 2013

Lindsay Tygart Appointed to Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors

  April 23, 2013:  Attorney Lindsay Tygart has been appointed to the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Only 17 young lawyers are appointed to the Board out of the entire state of Florida. She will serve on the Board for 1-year. The Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar has over 21,000 […]

April 5, 2013

E&R hosts 4th Annual Law Day in May Celebration

On Thursday, May 2nd, 2013, Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. will host its’ 4th Annual Law Day in May Celebration. The event will be held on the Lobby & Veranda level of EverBank Plaza, 501 Riverside Avenue, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. All guests are encouraged to bring a $25 donation to Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. This […]

January 24, 2013

Thomas S. Edwards, Jr. Invited to Become a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers

1/24/2013 JACKSONVILLE, FL:  Thomas S. Edwards, Jr., senior partner at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. has been extended an invitation to become a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.  Membership in the Academy is limited to 500 Trial Attorney fellows under the age of 70 in the United States. The organization is composed of […]

November 21, 2012

Say No to Expert Witness “Certification” in Medical Malpractice Cases

Another attempt to prevent medical malpractice victims from having their day in court – Say No to Expert Witness “Certification”  Florida’s medical malpractice law is unique and very difficult to navigate. Before beginning any medical malpractice case, we must obtain an affidavit from a “quailifed” expert stating that malpractice ocurred. With the affidavit in hand […]


Thomas S. Edwards, Jr. Appointed to Judicial Management Council by Florida Supreme Court

JACKSONVILLE, FL: On November, 15, 2012 Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston appointed Thomas S. Edwards, Jr., senior partner at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. to the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Management Council.  The Council is composed of fifteen (15) voting members, including the Chief Justice and one other Justice. The Florida Supreme Court recreated […]

October 24, 2012

Support a Fair & Impartial Judiciary

Join Edwards & Ragatz and others in support of the merit retention process and the beliefs upon which it was founded: a fair, impartial and depoliticized judiciary.  On Tuesday, November 6th, cast your vote and mark “yes” to retain Justices Pariente, Quince and Lewis on the Florida Supreme Court.  Read our Blog on why Partisan […]

October 10, 2012

Partisan politics should butt out from Florida’s high court retention vote

Florida’s highest court is under attack.  A campaign to remove three of the Supreme Court Justices  in November’s election  was recently started by the Florida Republican Executive Committee and financed by Charles and David Koch, who are behind the conservative Super PAC Americans for Prosperity.   Being targeted are Barbara Pariente, Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince. […]

May 1, 2012

E&R 3rd Annual Law Day in May

On May 3, 2012, Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. hosted its 3rd annual Law Day in May Celebration. The social/fundraiser for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid was held at EverBank Plaza Lobby and Veranda, 501 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32202 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This year’s event raised $5,784 for JALA. “Our Law Day in […]

January 23, 2012

Jury Finds HCA-Memorial Hospital Negligent, Fraudulent

A lawsuit conducted in Duval County Circuit Court against Memorial Hospital concluded when the jury awarded Clay Chandler and his family $168 million in liability and $10 Million in punitive damages. In addition to the compensation awarded, the jury found that Memorial Hospital committed medical negligence and fraud in the Chandler case. This verdict is one of the largest seen in Northeast Florida and the charge of fraud is a rare occurrence in a civil case.

October 17, 2011

Albert Lechner named President of the JJA

Albert H. Lechner, an attorney of counsel to Edwards & Ragatz P.A. was named President of the Jacksonville Justice Association during the JJA’s Quarterly Meeting.

October 5, 2011

Edwards named 2012 Best Lawyers “Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year”

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Thomas S. Edwards, Jr. as the “Jacksonville Best Lawyers Medical Malpractice Law Lawyer of the Year” for 2012.

September 12, 2011

Thomas Edwards selected by peers for inclusion in 2012 Best Lawyers

Thomas S. Edwards Jr., Esq., has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an extensive and rigorous peer-review survey, comprising of more than 3.9 million confidential evaluations by fellow top attorneys.

July 22, 2011

Partners Tom & Eric Speaking at Annual FLABOTA Convention

Partners Tom Edwards and Eric Ragatz are speaking at this year’s 14th Annual FLABOTA Convention at the Hammock Beach Resort. Both are speaking Friday morning during the Educational Program held on Friday, July 22, 2011. Tom giving an update on the 2011 Legislative Session Report, Eric will give a presentation on Updates in Trial Practice Case Law.

April 18, 2011

Albert Lechner receives AV rating from Martindale Hubbell

Albert H.Lechner, an associate at Edwards & Ragatz has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available by the national attorney peer review rating service. An AV ® Rating signifies that the lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence, has usually practiced law for a number of years and is recognized for the highest levels of ethical standards and legal ability.

April 7, 2011

E&R announces plans for 2nd Annual Law Day in May Celebration

Edwards & Ragatz, P.A., will host its 2nd Annual Law Day in May Celebration, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011 which will benefit Jacksonville Area Legal Aid features a live DJ, dancing, open bar with frozen margarita machines, locally brewed beer and heavy hors d’ oeuvres.

March 9, 2011

In Memory of Judge Jeff Morrow

Partner, Thomas S. Edwards Jr. on his friend Jeff Morrow as quoted in the March 7, 2011 Daily Record: “Both as a lawyer and as a judge, Jeff’s great talent was that he loved people and treated everyone with respect. If he leaves a legacy to our bench, it would be a legacy of patience and respect for […]

January 19, 2011

Update on Memorial Cases:Motion for Punitive Damages filed in Chandler case

A motion was filed in the matter of George Clay Chandler v. Memorial Hospital Jacksonville, et. al. seeking punitive damages on Mr. Chandler’s behalf. The evidence filed shows that in 2008 and early 2010 Memorial Hospital was cited by AHCA for deficiencies in its care of patients and particularly for numerous failures relating to nursing and wound care.

December 30, 2010

Edwards & Ragatz receives JALA President’s Award

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid presented Edwards & Ragatz with it’s prestigious President’s Award at the annual Equal Justice Event Nov. 30, 2010 at the River Club.

December 28, 2010

Albert Lechner joins E&R

Albert H. Lechner, Esq., has joined Edwards & Ragatz P.A. as a civil litigation attorney.  Lechner specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home and product liability cases. He is licensed to practice in Florida, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle Districts […]


Katherine Loper rejoins E&R

Katherine E. Loper, Esq., has rejoined Edwards & Ragatz, P.A., as a civil litigation attorney, following a leave of absence.  Loper specializes in estate litigation, personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from premises liability disputes, nursing home abuse and vehicle negligence. She is licensed to practice in Florida, and is admitted to practice before […]

November 15, 2010

E&R collecting donations for march of dimes

2010 is rapidly coming to a close, and November not only brings the cooler weather but also the Holiday season. As we start to plan the big feast for Thanksgiving and buying presents for Christmas, it is important to think of others. This year, Edwards and Ragatz, P.A. is teaming up with the local, Jacksonville March of […]

November 9, 2010

Car Accident Settlement featured in AAJ Law Reporter

Edwards and Ragatz’s policy-limit settlement in a semi vs. car accident case made the American Association for Justice’s Motor Vehicle Law Reporter. The October 26, 2010 article describes how the semi truck driver swerved and hit our client causing multiple, painful injuries that will affect the mother and son for the rest of their lives. […]

October 21, 2010

What Do You Know About Debt Collection Abuse?

Has a debt collector violated your rights?  If you have been contacted by a debt collector who is using abusive tactics, making harassing phone calls or threatening you in any way, you may be entitled to compensation. Debt collectors have the right to collect debts, but must abide by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, […]

August 31, 2010

Partner Tom Edwards honored

Numerous Jacksonville attorneys, including partner Tom Edwards were recently recognized by Super Lawyers and Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite. Both publications are respected for the peer review formulas used in selecting their honorees. Tom was honored in the following categories: Insurance Coverage Personal Injury Plaintiff – General Personal Injury Plaintiff – Medical Malpractice Source: Daily […]

August 13, 2010

Family receives $1 million policy limit for crash with cocaine-impaired truck driver

Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. obtained a policy-limits $1 million settlement resolution July 19 for a Jacksonville mother and son who were injured by a semi tractor-trailer driver at the interchange of Interstate 95 and Interstate 10. The collision was every motorist’s nightmare.  A 60,000-pound semi tractor-trailer inexplicably swerved out of its lane, careening off the […]

August 3, 2010

Hospital ER’s negligence leads to nurse’s disfigurement

A local 39-year-old mother of two lost both legs, all of her fingers on both hands and suffered disfiguring injuries to her face.  Jean Law can no longer live any part of the life she had before she sought treatment this past February from the ER at Baptist Hospital South.  She suffered a high fever, […]

August 2, 2010

Eric Ragatz receives AV Rating

Eric C. Ragatz, a senior partner at Edwards & Ragatz has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available by the national attorney peer review rating service. An AV ® Rating signifies that the lawyer has reached the heights of professional excellence, has usually practiced law for a number of years and is […]

June 28, 2010

Tom Edwards named to Florida Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section Executive Council

Thomas S. Edwards Jr., a partner at Edwards & Ragatz P.A. and former Jacksonville Bar Association president, was named a member of the Florida Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section Executive Council during the Bar’s annual convention June 23-26 in Boca Raton, Fla. Edwards previously served as president of the Florida Justice Association/Academy of Florida Trial […]


Duval County Courthouse Q&A

On June 10, David Schneider, senior project manager for the City of Jacksonville talked with newsletter editor Jayne Krichbaum about the new Duval County Courthouse construction. How is the construction progressing? Very well – on schedule and within budget. The structure was topped out Tuesday, June 8, 2010 and there is much work going on […]

June 21, 2010

Sandra K. Johnson joins E&R

Sandra K. Johnson has joined the law firm of Edwards & Ragatz, P.A., as a legal assistant. Johnson has 17 years experience as a paralegal. She earned her paralegal degree from Florida Community College at Jacksonville. Edwards & Ragatz, P.A., is a law firm located in Jacksonville, Florida, that represents the injured, victims and consumers […]

June 14, 2010

Daily Record: Florida drivers not the most knowledgeable

Florida drivers are among the least knowledgeable drivers on the road out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to GMAC Insurance based on its National Drivers Test. For 2010, Florida drivers rank No. 41 with an average score of 75.2, compared with the drivers in Kansas, the best at 82.3, and […]

June 1, 2010

Jennifer Millis to speak on panel at Florida Bar Convention

Jennifer Millis, an attorney at Edwards & Ragatz P.A., has been invited to speak on a panel about patient privacy and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act issues, at the 2010 Florida Bar Convention in Boca Raton, Fla.  The symposium is part of the bar’s continuing legal education program and will be chaired by three […]

May 11, 2010

Daily Record: First ‘Law Day in May’ held in Riverside

Supporting Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and having fun doing so were the goals of the first “Law Day in May” event sponsored by the Edwards & Ragatz law firm. Click Here to View the Whole Daily Record Article The firm wanted to contribute to “Law Week” festivities by hosting a signature fundraiser for JALA. It achieved […]

May 6, 2010

Press Release: Edwards & Ragatz hosts first annual law day

Edwards & Ragatz, P.A., will host its 1st Annual Law Day in May Celebration, a benefit for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6. The reception and fundraiser will be held at EverBank, 501 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, and will feature music, cocktails, and some of Jacksonville’s best barbecue and locally brewed beer. The […]

April 23, 2010

Jeffrey Totty Makes's Business Movers

Jeffrey T. Totty has joined the law firm of Edwards & Ragatz, P.A., as a litigation attorney. Totty has 10 years experience practicing in the areas of personal injury, commercial litigation and criminal defense. He is admitted in the State Courts of Florida, Georgia and New York; the U.S. District Courts in the Middle District […]

April 19, 2010

Memorial Bed Sore Cases-February 2010

Memorial Hospital  faces six  lawsuits for related medical negligence “Never Events” February 23, 2010 Six families are in the process of filing suit against Memorial Hospital for neglect and negligence that allowed patients to contract decubitus ulcers (bedsores) that led to complications ranging from disfigurement to death. The United States Department of Health and Human Services classifies bedsores […]

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