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Jon D. Caminez


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Jon D. Caminez, who passed away September 25, 2016, was the founder of Caminez & Yeary, P.A. in Monticello, Florida.

For almost 43 years, he litigated cases primarily involving personal injury and wrongful death in North Florida, as well as serving as co-counsel for numerous cases in Georgia, Alabama and other states. He initially worked for the United States Department of Justice. He began his private practice in this area in 1972 and has specialized in personal injury work since 1974.

Mr. Caminez tried numerous jury trials during his long career and was in the first class of Board certified civil trial attorneys who were given their certificate in 1983. He was also the first Baker Act hearing examiner and was awarded Citizen of the Year for his work in that field.

Mr. Caminez was a longstanding member of the Florida Justice Association, formerly known as The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and a member of the American Association for Justice, formerly known as the American Trial Lawyers Association. He is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, the Florida Supreme Court, and all Circuit Courts in the state of Florida.

Mr. Caminez was successful in the first jury trial against the State of Florida, and his client was awarded a verdict greater than the policy limits. He obtained million dollar verdicts in jury trials, including a verdict against Walmart for $1,500,000.00.

Caminez & Yeary specializes in tractor/trailer accidents, as well as serious automobile accidents, products liability cases, premises liability cases, and medical malpractice cases. Mr. Caminez was known for taking cases to trial when they do not settle for a fair value and worked hard in any case whether big or small.

Mr. Caminez also handled the Wells v. TMH case, which went to trial and was affirmed by the Florida Supreme Court and established a valuable legal precedent in apportionment of liability awards, as well as being the last case tried with a jury against Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where a successful verdict was obtained.

Mr. Caminez was a Board certified trial lawyer, having been certified in the first class of lawyers to be certified in the state of Florida.

The law firm of Caminez & Yeary contiues the legacy that Mr. Caminez started over 43 years ago, to put the client's interest first.

Ryan Yeary


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fax: 850.997.5189
email: ryeary@caminezlaw.com

Ryan Yeary joined the firm of Caminez & Yeary, P.A. in 2016. Mr. Yeary began his legal career working as a trial court staff attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit. In this position he worked closely with members of the judiciary gaining invaluable insight into the judicial process.

Mr. Yeary then joined a Tallahassee law firm where he represented insurance companies in defense of lawsuits brought by those injured in automobile accidents.

Mr. Yeary now utilizes these past experiences to represent clients in the areas of personal injury, automobile accidents, slip-and-fall incidents, products liability and medical malpractice.

Mr. Yeary grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Accounting. He then attended Stetson University College of Law where he received his law degree with honors. While at Stetson he also earned his Master's Degree in Business Administration.

Mr. Yeary is married to Jessica Yeary, a Tallahassee attorney, and they have two young boys.

Scott Wolf


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fax: 850.997.5189
email: swolf@caminezlaw.com

Scott Wolf joined the firm of Caminez & Yeary, P.A. in 2009. Mr. Wolf brought a wealth of experience to the firm from his work in the legal field, education and computer information sciences.

Scott Wolf focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, automobile accidents, slip-and-fall incidents and medical malpractice.

Mr. Wolf is a graduate of Florida State University (Management Information Systems) and Mercer College of Law (Juris Doctorate).

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Wolf served as a consultant for numerous companies in the area of software development and network administration. For five years, Mr. Wolf served as a Graduate Faculty member teaching at American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Wolf's technical background and attention to detail have greatly aided his representation of clients in personal injury, automobile accidents, slip-and-fall incidents, and medical malpractice.

Shannon Brown


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fax: 850.997.5189
email: sbrown@caminezlaw.com

Shannon Brown, who has been employed with the firm of Caminez & Yeary for over 20 years as a paralegal and office manager, was born and raised in Madison County, Florida.

He attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2002.

He takes the client's initial information, and helps get the case ready for the trial stage.

Rachel Dodrill


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fax: 850.997.5189
email: rdodrill@caminezlaw.com

Rachel Dodrill was raised in Cape Coral, Florida and graduated from Florida State University in 2006. She has been working as a Paralegal for the past 10 years, starting her career in a small boutique firm and coming to Caminez and Yeary from a firm with offices throughout the US.

In addition to working as a Paralegal, she has owned a Crossfit gym with her husband Sean since 2009.

Together they have a 4 year old son and live in Tallahassee. She assists both Ryan Yeary and Shannon Brown with cases in pre-litigation and litigation status involving personal injury, automobile accidents, slip-and-fall incidents, product liability, and medical malpractice.

Barbara Walker


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email: bwalker@caminezlaw.com

Barbara Walker is a life-long resident of this area, having been born in Greenville, FL and raised in Waukeenah, Florida.

She handles the firm's accounts payable and numerous other records and is a liaison with Farmers and Merchants Bank.

Barbara has been working for Caminez & Yeary, P.A. for over 20 years. She is married to Wayne Walker, who owns Walker's Store in Waukeenah, FL. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Charlotte Schesse


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email: cschesse@caminezlaw.com

Charlotte joined the firm in 2016. Prior to joining the firm she worked at Intermediate Care Facilities where she worked with people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Charlotte can be found greeting clients as they come in the door and answering the telephone. When not tending to clients needs, she assists Ryan and Shannon with many daily tasks around the office.

Charlotte earned her degree in Business Administration in 2012. She is a long time resident of Monticello and is married to Martin Scheese. They have one daughter, Elizabeth.

Danielle Merritt


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email: dmerritt@caminezlaw.com

Danielle Merrit was born and raised in Monticello, Florida.

She attended Tallahassee Community College and was awarded a degree in Paralegal and Legal Studies in 2014.

She has been employed with Caminez & Yeary, P.A. since 2010. She assists both Ryan Yeary and Shannon Brown with cases in pre-litigation status involving personal injury, automobile accidents, slip-and-fall incidents, and medical malpractice.

Cathy Johnston


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fax: 850.997.5189
email: cjohnston@caminezlaw.com

Cathy Johnston joined the firm in 2015 as an assistant.

Prior to coming to Caminez & Yeary, P.A., Cathy was a legal assistant with the firm of McConnaughhay, Duffy, Coonrod, Pope & Weaver, P.A. in Tallahassee, FL for thirty-five years, with fifteen years experience in other firms and entities.

She is a resident of Monticello, Florida and has been married to Felix Johnston for thirty-four years and has three children and three grandchildren.

Car Accidents


The frequency with which automobile accidents occur has increased over the years. In 2016, there were over 395,000 traffic accidents in Florida – up over 100,000 accidents per year since 2012. With an increase in annual accidents, Florida has also seen an increase in the number of people injured in car accidents. In fact, over 250,000 people were injured in Florida accidents in 2016.

With the rise in automobile accident injuries each year, the compensation insurance companies willingly pay to the injured has decreased. Insurance companies hire lawyers to defend cases even when their insured driver is clearly at fault. They fight you over your medical bills, lost wages, and the property damage to your vehicle. And to add insult to injury, they do this while you are attempting to recover from the wrongful injury you sustained due to the negligence of their driver.

At Caminez & Yeary we represent victims of car accidents ranging from the soft-tissue injuries that develop in the days and weeks following the accident to the catastrophic injuries including paralysis or death. We stand up for you and fight the insurance company to make sure you get your medical bills paid, lost wages reimbursed, and that you are compensated for the pain, suffering, and inconvenience you have wrongfully endured due to the careless actions of another. So, if you or a loved one have been injured in an automobile accidents, call us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

Trucking Accidents


The number of large trucks – commonly referred to as semi-trucks or tractor-trailers – has increased over the years. It has been estimated that nearly 70% of all consumer goods are delivered by semi-trucks. These trucks typically stretch more than 70 feet and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Given the massive size of these vehicles, it is easy to see the serious danger they pose to other vehicles on the roadways. It’s also easy to understand how a (massive) truck can cause serious injuries or death when it is operated in a careless or negligent manner.

Both Federal and Florida laws regulate the operation of semi-trucks. These laws require strict compliance with regards to the number of hours a driver can operate a semi-truck, the gross weight of the truck, and many other factors that can cause or contribute to an accident. Failure to comply with these requirements can create additional liability on the part of a negligent driver and his employer. Moreover, with ever-changing technological advances in the transportation industry, trucks are now equipped with devices that can monitor and record critical information such as the speed of the truck. This information can be vital in a lawsuit against a trucking company. However, much of this information may legally be destroyed, or purged, after a very short period of time. Immediately hiring an attorney is an important step to assure that all essential evidence from your accident is properly preserved.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a large truck – semi-tractor trailer or otherwise – contact the attorneys at Caminez & Yeary to set up a free consultation to see we can protect your rights, preserve the relevant evidence, and get you the compensation you deserve.

Motorcyle Accidents


Motorcycle accidents are becoming all too common in Florida despite public awareness campaigns to “check twice”. The reason for this appears to be based on the fact that motorcycles are becoming a more popular, cost efficient way to commute, yet other drivers are not keeping a proper lookout. Whether the driver is distracted by a cell phone, screaming kids in the back seat or simply the daily stress that comes with life, other drivers are not observing motorcycles on the roadways and are causing accidents. Because motorcycles provide virtually no protection to the rider, these accidents commonly result in injuries that are catastrophic.

Those who survive a motorcycle accident are often left with large medical bills and the need for future medical services. Moreover, due to their injuries they are unable to work and may have lost their job. At Caminez & Yeary, we represent motorcyclists who have been injured due to someone else’s careless acts. We will fight with the insurance company to obtain the compensation you deserve. So if you or a loved one have been injured while riding a motorcycle, contact the attorneys at Caminez & Yeary today so that we can fight for you while you recover from your injuries.

Bus Accidents


If you have ever been a passenger on a bus – city, school, private charter, or otherwise – you can understand the potential for severe injuries arising out of a bus accident. Unlike a car, truck or SUV, buses do not have seat belts or airbags to help prevent injuries in the event of an accident. Therefore, bus accidents commonly result in injuries to the passengers on board.

As an injured passenger you have rights. Whether the accident was caused by the bus driver, a third party, or some mixture of both, you are entitled to compensation for the injuries and damages you sustain from the bus accident. However, navigating the legal minefield of suing the local government can become very complex. There are more stringent requirements which the injured party must comply with including stricter time limits and notice requirements. The attorneys at Caminez & Yeary successfully bring claims against the state and local governments on a regular basis have the experience necessary to get you the compensation you deserve. So, if you or a loved one has been injured in a bus accident, call the attorneys at Caminez & Yeary today to learn more about your rights.

Premises Liability


Premises liability is a legal theory which says that owners and/or occupiers of a premise have a legal duty to protect those individuals on their property from injuries caused by dangerous conditions that they know or should have known existed. Whether the dangerous condition be spilled water on the floor, a poorly lighted parking lot, an uneven step or an unstable chair, the owner of the property is the person in the best position to know about the dangerous condition and insure that it patrons are adequately protected from the dangers posed by the condition.

Cases involving injuries on another’s property are one of the leading causes of accidental injuries – second only to automobile accidents. As such, insurance companies dedicate time and money to fighting the wrongfully injured. At Caminez & Yeary, we have represented clients while injured at major stores including Walmart, Publix, Winn Dixie and many more. If you have been injured while on the premises of another, contact the attorneys at Caminez & Yeary today to find out how we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents


Slip/Trip and Fall accidents are very common. They make up a large portion of the premises liability cases we handle at Caminez & Yeary. While some falls may cause no injury, other falls can result in surgery, paralysis or even death. These injuries can result in medical bills piling up, missed time from work, and also the inconvenience, pain and suffering you endure because of someone else’s negligent behavior.

Florida law applies various burdens upon the claimant when it comes to proving their slip/trip and fall case. For instance, if the dangerous condition is considered a transitory foreign substance – such as a banana peel or spilled water – the claimant has the burden to prove that the property owner had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition. A competent attorney can help guide you through the legal hurdles and develop your claim into one that the insurance company will have no choice but to pay.

It is because of these legal nuances that it is imperative that you meet with an attorney to determine your legal rights. Moreover, corporate retention policies can lead to the destruction of critical evidence in your case if the company is not instructed to preserve the evidence in a timely manner. So, if you or a loved one has been injured in a slip/trip and fall accident, call the attorneys at Caminez & Yeary today to see how we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Dog Bite


Man’s best friend can turn into man’s worst enemy at any moment. While most dogs are harmless, they can cause serious injuries when they turn vicious. Under Florida Law, a dog owner is liable for injuries and damages caused to a person bitten by their dog. Whether the bite left a small scar or required extensive reconstruction surgery, you may be entitled to compensation.

If you have been the victim of a dog bite, contact the attorneys at Caminez & Yeary to learn more about your rights.

Defective Products


Defective products are one of the leading causes of personal injury. As a society, we are regularly hearing about products malfunctioning in the form of product recalls. This is typically of a sign that someone has been injured by a defective product. Upon receiving notice of the injury, the manufacturer goes into damage control mode by sending out a mass notice in the form of a recall. While recalls may prevent some injuries, they do not prevent all.

Defective products claims come in many shapes and sizes. They range from medical devices that malfunction to an unreasonably dangerous blender. They can arise from a defect in the product’s design, the manner in which it was manufactured, or the failure to provide an adequate warning. Some products liability cause very minor injuries while others can result in loss of limb or even death.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a product, you should immediately seek the guidance of an attorney. Often times there is important evidence that needs to be preserved in order to build a strong products liability case. Product manufacturers and distributors vigorously fight defective products cases, so it is critical that you build a strong case early on in the process.

At Caminez & Yeary, we are experienced in pursuing defective product cases on behalf of our clients. We have the experience necessary to fight the manufacturers and distributors on behalf of the injured to recover monetary damages for medical bills, lost wages, and inconvenience, pain and suffering. If you or loved one has been injured by a product, contact the attorneys at Caminez & Yeary to learn more about defective products cases and how we can help get you the compensation you deserve.

Medical Malpractice


We go to medical professionals when we are most vulnerable. We seek their expert care and advice to diagnosis, treat and cure medical issues we experience. However, medical professionals are human and they make mistakes. These mistakes can often times have serious consequences.

“Medical Malpractice” is a term used to describe the negligence, or mistake, of a medical professional such as a doctor, nurse or dentist. There is a prevailing standard of care that medical professionals are expected to (comply with). When a medical professional makes a mistake and causes a severe injury to the patient, their actions may fail to meet that standard of care that is expected. In cases such as this, the patient may have a claim against the doctor or nurse.

Although medical malpractice cases are founded on negligence, they are different than other negligence cases. The most striking difference is the pre-suit requirements. If you are involved in a car accident, you can walk into the courthouse and file suit against the negligent driver the next day. However, with medical negligence actions, there are stringent pre-suit requirements with which you must comply. Most notably, medical malpractice claims require that another medical professional from the same specialty provide an opinion that what the treating provider did, or did not do, fell below the prevailing standard of care. From there, there are notice requirements with which the injured party must comply. Navigating this process can become costly and burdensome.

At Caminez & Yeary, we strive to help those who have been wrongfully injured by a medical professional’s negligence. Contact us today to schedule a conference during which we can evaluate the case and determine whether you may have an action for medical malpractice.

Nursing Home Negligence


There comes a time in life when we realize that our loved ones need specialized care that we are not capable of providing. It is at this time that we place our family and their well-being in the hands of professionals. Nursing homes tend to provide outstanding care; however, like anything in life, there are times where the level of service our loved ones receive does not meet the basic standards that we have come to expect.

Nursing home negligence cases tend to be based on one or more of the following problems:

  • Negligent hiring
  • Inadequate training/supervision
  • Failing to have adequate staffing
  • Physical Abuse
  • Mental/Emotional Abuse
  • Medication Errors

If you or a loved one has been the victim of one of these problems, it is important to seek the advice of an attorney that can evaluate the situation and advise you regarding your rights. At Caminez & Yeary, we can advise you of your and your loved one’s rights.

Wrongful Death


The untimely death of a family member is one of the most difficult life experiences you may ever experience. Aside from the initial shock and emotional strain, there are often substantial financial burdens that arise from the death of a family member. In addition to the expense of laying the deceased to rest, families must also adapt to the lost support they received from the deceased – financially and emotionally. When accumulated over time, these losses are often substantial.

Although financial compensation may be the furthest thing from your mind when going through such a tragic experience, it is important that you seek counsel soon. Often times, there is critical evidence that needs to be preserved. Moreover, the time for bringing a wrong death action in Florida is much shorter than other claims. Speaking with an attorney sooner than later can ensure that the surviving family members receive the maximum compensation.

At Caminez & Yeary, we represent the families of individuals that have lost their life due to the acts of another. Whether the wrongful death arose out of a negligent act or intentional misconduct, family members of the deceased may be entitled to monetary damages. We understand that no amount of money will replace the loss you have suffered. We are here merely to guide you through the aftermath of this unfortunate incident and obtain you compensation to help ease the burdens you may experience moving forward in the future.

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ABOUT Caminez & Yeary

At Caminez & Yeary, we are dedicated to providing our clients a first-class legal representation with a hometown feel. With offices in Monticello and Tallahassee, we have served injury victims and their families throughout North Florida for over 40 years. Our attorneys will work closely with you to achieve your goals. We have the experience and resources necessary to fight the big insurance company and get you the compensation you deserve.

Our approach to representing accident victims is simple – we put your needs first. With attention and compassion we guide you through the personal injury claim process from start to finish. The insurance company will fight to keep from paying you a fair settlement. There are many ways they attempt to discredit you and attack your claim. We will help you avoid falling into these traps thereby maximizing the value of your claim.

WHY CHOOSE Caminez & Yeary?

There are plenty of options available when it comes to personal injury attorneys. The question becomes, “What sets Caminez & Yeary apart from the others?” The answer lies in our focus on putting the client’s interest before our own. Our primary mission is to help people. Many attorneys may say this, but when push comes to shove they seem to take the lion’s share of the settlement. Ask yourself – is this fair? At Caminez & Yeary, the client’s best interest will always come first.

OUR HISTORY

Caminez & Yeary P.A. was originally founded in 1972 by attorney Jon Caminez. Mr. Caminez earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina. He began his legal career working for the United States Department of Justice. After gaining trial experience working for the Department of Justice Mr. Caminez entered private practice.

When Mr. Caminez first founded the firm it was headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida. Like many young lawyers beginning their own law practice, Mr. Caminez would accept any client that could walk in the door. This allowed him to practice in many different areas of law including criminal, business litigation and personal injury. It was during these early years that Mr. Caminez grew an affinity for representing injured people that needed help. As he would often say, he was “in the business of helping people.” By 1974 the practice’s focus was on personal injury law and the firm began to grow.

Mr. Caminez quickly grew a reputation for taking cases to trial when his clients were not offered a fair settlement. He took on large corporationsincluding the Buckeye Plant in Perry, Florida, Walmart, Lowe’s, and many other Fortune 500 companies. Despite gaining notoriety throughout north Florida for his success in the courtroom, he continued to put forth the same effort on every case – whether big or small – that he did when he first started. He understood that each case is important to the client involved and that he, as their attorney, should treat it that way.   This is a standard that the firm still adheres to today.

By the early 1980s Mr. Caminez was expanding his practice into the counties surrounding Tallahassee. It began with people in need of an attorney coming to his residence in Monticello, Florida, for legal advice. He decided to open an office in Monticello to better service clients in Jefferson, Madison and Taylor county. As the practice expanded in these areas, the firm’s headquarters migrated to Monticello.

The firm now operates two offices – one in Monticello and one in Tallahassee – allowing accident victims throughout the Big Bend easier access to legal representation. Over the years the practice has evolved from a one-man show to law firm with multiple attorneys working towards a common goal – helping injured people. Mr. Caminez has maintained a loyal staff over the years that includes attorney Scott Wolf and paralegal Shannon Brown. They combine for 35 years of experience of assisting personal injury victims. The firm has continued to evolve with the times and utilizes the latest technology in representing its clients.

Mr. Caminez first met Mr. Yeary while he was working for a Tallahassee firm representing insurance companies. The two individuals litigated many cases against one another over the years including one that ended in a jury trial. After gaining respect for each other and the manner in which they practiced law, Mr. Yeary was invited to join the firm in 2016. The addition brought something new to the law firm that it never had in its 44-year history – an insider’s view of how insurance companies evaluate and defend claims. This new insight allowed the firm to further enhance its representation of injury victims.

Mr. Caminez passed away in September 2016. He left behind a legacy of providing diligent legal representation to injury victims through hard work and focusing on the client’s needs, not those of the attorney. The current members of the firm work every day to continue the legacy left by Mr. Caminez.

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Practice Areas


There are many ways in which you can be injured by someone else’s negligence. While some are obvious, others are not. For this reason, it is critical that you immediately seek the guidance of a qualified personal injury attorney if you have been injured.

There is no charge for the initial consultation. More importantly, there is often critical evidence in your case that must be quickly recovered to ensure that it is properly preserved.

At Caminez & Yeary, we are experienced in representing individuals that have been injured in many different ways. Below you will find information on the various ways that individuals are commonly injured and how we are able to help them receive the compensation to which they are entitled.

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Meet the Firm

 

We want to empower our clients

At Caminez & Yeary, we work to make sure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.

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Tel: 850.997-8181
Toll Free: 877.997-8181
Fax: 850.997.5189

1307 S. Jefferson St.
Monticello, FL 32344

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