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Edwin A. “Trip” Green, III

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Edwin A. “Trip” Green, III

 Edwin A. “Trip” Green, III

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Trip Green was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. Following his graduation from Leon High School in 1987, he served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1989.

Mr. Green used the GI Bill and Army College Fund to pay his way through school and graduated from the University of Florida in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.

While he was a student at the University of Florida, Mr. Green was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and served as President of the Interfraternity Council in 1993. He was inducted into the prestigious Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary in 1994.

Mr. Green graduated from law school in May, 2000 and has been working for the firm since December, 2001. He has been a partner with the firm since July, 2006.

Mr. Green is a trial lawyer who practices primarily personal injury, medical malpractice and employment/labor law. He regularly tries cases in Central and North Florida in both Federal and State Court.

Mr. Green has obtained large verdicts and settlements for his clients. Mr. Green recently obtained a jury verdict in favor of a client that exceeded $450,000. He has also successfully negotiated several million and multimillion dollar Plaintiffs’ lawsuits in both the State of Florida and Louisiana.

Mr. Green is a member of the Florida Bar, the Florida Justice Association, and is admitted to practice before the Federal District Court in the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.

Mr. Green currently serves as a Director of the Florida Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation and is a member of the Church Council and Staff Parish Committee for First United Methodist Church in Ocala.

"Over the years as a medical malpractice attorney in Ocala, Florida, I have learned that there are several common but avoidable mistakes made by victims of medical negligence. These mistakes often reduce and can eliminate an individual’s chances of success in medical negligence litigation.

First, victims of medical negligence need to seek legal counsel immediately. Many people wait far too long to see an attorney after malpractice occurs and end up losing their right to sue because of the delay. In Florida, the Statute of Limitations for a medical malpractice claim is only two years from the date that the victim knew or should have known that medical negligence took place, whichever is later.

Although two years seems like a long time to bring a claim, it is not in the medical malpractice context. Often, it takes four or five months for medical malpractice lawyers to compile a client’s medical records and then find medical experts to review them prior to initiating litigation. Consequently, many attorneys will not take good medical negligence cases even when they arise within the two year Statute of Limitations because of the complexity of claims and the length of time it takes to prepare and file a lawsuit. Therefore, the quicker you seek legal counsel, the higher the likelihood that your legal claim will be pursued.

Another common mistake made by potential medical malpractice clients is not asking for and keeping copies of medical records when or soon after medical services are rendered. This simple step can greatly speed up case review by an attorney and will reduce costs significantly.

Furthermore, it is always preferable for a patient to request copies of their medical records from a healthcare provider as opposed to a records request coming from a lawyer’s office. In my experience, healthcare providers that receive a records request from a lawyer’s office are immediately alerted that a lawsuit may be coming. When this happens, healthcare providers often consult with defense attorneys and begin taking steps to defend potential legal claims before they begin. As a result, the patient’s advantage of surprise is often lost. By requesting copies of your records when medical treatment is rendered, you have the records in your possession for quick review and avoid alerting healthcare providers that they may be sued in the future."