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Ocala Auto Accident & Personal Injury Lawyer

Central Florida Personal Injury, Car, Truck & Motorcycle Accidents

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Marianne Howanitz, P.A. is an Ocala auto accident & personal injury lawyer practice representing victims of car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, dangerous premises and products, dog bites, and more—in any way an individual can be harmed by the carelessness, recklessness, or wrongdoing of another, we can help. We also offer legal support and guidance to parents of injured children, as well as those who have lost a family member in a tragic accident. For us, no case is too extreme or too inconsequential when people’s lives have been affected.

Perhaps nowhere is it more apparent than in the field of personal injury law that life does not come with guarantees.

Circumstances can change in the blink of an eye. One person’s careless move or bad decision—even a momentary lapse—can literally and figuratively impact the life of another. In turn, when someone is hurt in a car crash or another type of accident, the injuries suffered by that single person can affect numerous people, including his or her spouse, children, parents, friends, and employer. The first link in this sad chain of events—the truck driver who decided to get back on the road after only two hours of sleep, the property manager who never fixed that broken step—should be held accountable.

  • We help car accident injury victims in all matters, including uninsured motorist coverage, drunk driving accidents, and rear-end collisions.
  • Marianne Howanitz knows how to represent victims of truck accidents. She understands the complexity in prosecuting large truck crash cases. These cases involve complex Federal and state regulations and may have many more responsible parties than just the truck driver or the trucking company.
  • We are strong advocates for Florida motorcyclists, understanding that to obtain maximum compensation for victims of motorcycle accidents, we must overcome the bias that motorcyclists are unsafe drivers.
  • Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to serious injuries. After pedestrian accidents, we help victims recover from vehicle owners, drivers, and their own auto insurance policies.
  • Suddenly losing a loved one in an accident is something most of us wouldn’t wish on our worst enemy. Ms. Howanitz helps grieving family members pick up the pieces after a wrongful death.

When you are involved in an accident, you didn’t ask to be involved in an accident. Someone else’s choices or actions crossed into your orbit, throwing your life off its axis through no fault of your own.

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In fact, the word “accident” is a bit of a misnomer. On the one hand, an accident is an unexpected, undesirable event, but an accident is not entirely a chance event. Yes, you may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time; however, the party responsible for your accident should not have been texting behind the wheel, driving home after spending three hours at the bar, or whatever the case may be. These parties cannot say they “accidently” picked up the phone, or “accidently” drove drunk, and you should not bear the cost of these bad decisions.

  • Ms. Howanitz handles all types of premises liability matters, from slip and fall accidents to cases involving faulty building design, improper maintenance, lax security, and more.
  • Dangerous and defective products injure people every day. We hold designers, manufacturers, retailers, and other responsible parties liable for putting dangerous products into the marketplace.
  • From experience, we know dog bites and vicious animal attacks are some of the most traumatic personal injuries a person can sustain. We work tirelessly to hold owners accountable for their animals.
  • Children are naturally curious about the world around them. Adults are responsible for protecting children from harm such curiosity may cause. We hold negligent adults responsible for injuries to children.

We are very sensitive and compassionate to our clients’ individual needs, and we’ll go to the ends of the earth to give you the help you need. In prosecuting claims, however, we are the consummate professionals. We give the insurance companies every opportunity to do the right thing, but if they don’t, it’s across the street to the courthouse we go. Ms. Howanitz is a very experienced trial attorney who is not afraid to argue her clients’ cases in court. Even when we do not go to trial, her reputation as a skilled and dynamic litigator helps achieve better settlements for our clients.

Car Accident Injuries and Compensation

While there is no guaranteed amount of money you can expect after a car accident, guidelines do exist that can help you estimate your damages. Many accident victims worry that, because of their injuries, they won’t be able to work, pay their medical costs, other bills, or provide for their family. An Ocala car accident lawyer knows how to get you the greatest compensation for your claims following an accident, and at the office of Marianne Howanitz, P.A. we are here to help.

Basic Accident Compensation Formula

A basic formula exists for determining the amount of money you will receive in an accident settlement. First, you calculate the full value of your damages and multiply it by the percent that the other party was at fault. While this formula is no guarantee of the amount of your settlement, it is typically the first step in determining how much money you will receive following an accident.

To determine the full value of your damages, you must combine your out of pocket expenses for medical bills, auto repair bills, lost wages, and the pain and suffering caused because of the accident. Out of pocket medical expenses and auto repair bills include all costs that are not covered by personal injury protection or other insurance. Lost wages include all time not at work during your time in the hospital, rehabilitation, or other recovery. Pain and suffering is the most difficult factor to determine because of its subjectivity. Typically, pain and suffering increases with the severity of the injuries, the seriousness of the medical procedures, and length of recovery. An accident attorney can help you navigate the uncertainty of calculating these costs when determining the proper amount for your settlement.

Aggravating and Mitigating Factors

 In addition to the basic formula for accident damages, other factors may impact how much money you receive in an accident settlement. These issues include the following:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • Any permanent disfigurement, disability, or death
  • Total costs of reasonable medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Level of insurance coverage you (personal injury protection) and the other party hold
  • Documentation, witness statements, and other supporting evidence
  • Degree of fault in the accident

Florida operates on a pure comparative negligence doctrine when it comes to determining the degree of fault in an accident. This means that a judge or jury determines the amount of fault for each party in an accident, and your damages are reduced by how much you are found at fault. For example, if you are involved in a car accident with another person for a total $100,000 in damages but the court finds you 25% at fault, you will only receive $75,000 for your injuries.

You have nothing to lose by telling your story, but you do have justice, compensation, and a strong legal advocate to gain.

Hiring an Ocala auto accident lawyer can mean the difference between receiving just compensation for the harms you have suffered or being victimized again by wrongdoers who refuse to accept responsibility for their actions, and by their insurance companies who deny, delay, and vigorously defend all claims. With Marianne Howanitz, P.A. on your side, telling your story, you will never be made to feel like a victim again. No one takes advantage of our clients without being taken to task. Your first consultation with us—at our office in Ocala or at your home or hospital room—is free of charge, and you pay no attorney’s fees until we win or settle your case.

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What Clients are Saying

Attorney Marianne Howanitz has successfully represented many Ocala area accident victims. Numerous clients have gone on to refer friends and family based on their own great experience.

  • Compassionate, Caring

    Marianne and her staff, including April Baxter, are hands down some of the most brilliant women I've ever known. Compassionate, caring and just, thorough and calculating, patient and personable. The experience that Marianne and her team brings to the table is the experience you want on your side....

    — Lacey Gardner —
  • Committed

    Marianne Howanitz and her dedicated team go above and beyond to right the wrongs that befall her clients. She's the only attorney that I know personally that you can reach on her cell phone at any time. This says a lot about her commitment to her clients. She's definitely the attorney you can swear...

    — Carlo Knight —
  • “True Advocate”

    Marianne and her staff are awesome! Stephanie makes fantastic coffee/cappuccino to get you started. Cory helps answer the phones and is a sweetheart and very respectful! April is very thorough and helpful when putting all important matters together. Last, but not least, Marianne is a true advocate...

    — Tammara Dunfee —
  • Passionate

    Marianne is one of the good guys. She believes in what she does and is passionate about her clients. Give her a call and work with an Attorney you can trust!

    — Patrick Harlow —
  • You did an
    unbelievable job

    Dear Marianne,

    I just want to take a minute and thank you for all you did for Emily and our family. It was a year ago this April when Emily was in her car accident. As you know during that time I was totally focused on Emily and her injuries. It was hard for me to think straight about...

    — Nancy Langlois —
  • Experienced

    Very experienced and knowledgeable about the law and her abilities to fight for you!

    — Dorienne Kriegstein —
  • Responsive

    Marianne and her team are Excellent at what they do. I felt so comfortable trusting them to represent me, while I could heal from my car accident. Always professional with a caring touch. I actually spoke directly with Marianne, as my personal Advocate. I've heard stories from friends- that with...

    — Jeanine Ordway —
  • Thank you
    a “million”!!

    Marianne Howanitz and April together make such a great team! They were always there for me and when I needed them they called me to make sure I was okay. They were always going that extra mile to get me taken care of. I couldn’t of ask for two better people to take my case and have my back in time...

    — Tim Sullivan —
  • She really

    After the accident we were shaken and worried about how to proceed. We don’t know the law. We were afraid we would be left in a terrible situation. Thankfully a friend told us to call the team at Marianne Howanitz, PA and we are SO glad we did. We felt like we received personal one on one...

    — Gabriel Hernandez —
  • They all
    genuinely cared

    Marianne Howanitz is one of the nicest, down to earth professionals I have ever met. Her staff is kind & courteous, they all genuinely cared about making sure all of my needs were met and to get me better after such a terrible accident! I would recommend Marianne Howanitz to everyone. She truly made...

    — Shayla M —

Meet Florida Injury Attorney Marianne Howanitz

The youngest of eight children, I was raised in Ft. Lauderdale and am a native Floridian. I’ve always had a strong work ethic and put myself through school, earning a double Bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Business from Florida International University, graduating cum laude. I earned my law degree from Florida State University College of Law in 1991, and am licensed to practice in both state and federal courts.

I always knew I wanted to be a plaintiff’s lawyer because I like helping victims and have always had a passion for fighting for the underdog. At the beginning of my legal career I interned at the State Attorney’s office. This is where I fell in love with the jury trial system. I found that if evidence was properly secured, presented to the jury and subjected to cross-examination, the truth would come out. And in most instances, the jury would get it right and make the correct decision.

After graduation from law school I worked as an Assistant Public Defender. Many people ask how I could defend the criminally accused. It was my honor to do so. In this country, a person is innocent until proven guilty
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A trial lawyer by trade, Marianne Howanitz is used to tough competition and hard work. She brings those same qualities to her passion for horses. In 2009, Ms. Howanitz and her horse, Stingray Whiz, competed in the finals of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Rookie of the Year competition at the 2009 NRHA Futurity and North American Affiliate Championship Show in Oklahoma City. At the end of the day, the verdict was in...Marianne and “Stingray” brought home the World Championship title.

  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Florida Association Women Lawyers
  • Floria Justice Association Member 2018

Community Involvement

As a resident of Marion County, Florida, I firmly believe giving back to the community is important.

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    Serving as a mentor for Take Stock in Children in Marion County

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    Sponsoring youth sports leagues in football, baseball & high school sports teams

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    Raising and showing horses, and competing on the national stage

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    Riding Stingray Whiz to an NRHA Rookie of the Year Championship

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    Raising money for the Marion County Literacy Council with a special reining exercise


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