MEET MR. ANDRES I. BEREGOVICH, ESQUIRE
Andres is a personal injury lawyer who strives to meet his client’s complex legal issues and exceed their expectations through strategies based on experience, a strong work ethic and tangible customer service. He is admitted to practice in Florida, New Jersey, the District of Columbia and before the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator. Andres’ legal practice comprises exclusively in serving people and their families affected by injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice.
His passion for public service, government, and international affairs is reflected in a rigorous academic curriculum for which he holds degrees from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the London School of Economics in London, England. Andres received his Juris Doctor from Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, in Orlando, FL, where he sat as a Senator of the Student Bar Association for two consecutive terms and was recognized as receiving the highest-grade award in White Collar Crime.
While in law school, Andres produced an original essay on flags of convenience and vessel nationality that was written as a directed research paper under Barry Hart Dubner, a professor of law, and expert widely renowned for his work on sea piracy and traditional ocean zones. The essay, Offshore Vessel Registration and the Legalities Affecting Vessel Nationality was later published several times and most notably by the Trial, Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association and Escape from America Magazine. Andres was also recognized by the Miami-Dade County Bar Association as a contributing author.
At the start of his legal career, Andres worked for maritime attorney Stephen Hibbe in Miami, Florida where he licensed private yachts under the jurisdiction of the Bahamas and British Virgin Islands and prepared private yacht charters and registration papers in accordance with maritime law, often frequenting international waters. He also served as a Congressional Intern to former Florida Congressman Robert Wexler and later received the honor to serve as a White House Intern at the office of the United States Trade Representative, Office of Public and Media Affairs, Executive Office of the President where he acted as a liaison to journalists, foreign embassies, Congressional leadership, and other high-level government officials on official trade programs and trade treaties.
Before starting The Beregovich Law Firm, Andres was a litigation associate at a large Plaintiff’s personal injury law firm where he litigated cases on behalf of persons impacted by serious personal injuries in auto negligence and premises liability cases. Andres believes that in order to maximize a client’s settlement, the case must be handled zealously and with great dedication to detail, holding his opponent’s feet the fire (so to speak), in every case, every time.
Several years ago, Andres was approached by a friend about injuries she sustained after having a double botched breast cosmetic surgery procedure in Miami with a medical doctor by the name of Osakatukie O. Omulepu. Andres investigated the case for medical malpractice and found that neither the medical doctor nor the clinics that the doctor operated out of maintained medical malpractice insurance, a financially irresponsible practice called “Going Bare.”
Andres was the first lawyer in the state to sue Dr. Omulepu for medical malpractice in Miami-Dade County. Soon after, Andres began to receive calls from around the country from women and the families of women who died at the hands of Miami’s plastic surgery mills from serious injuries and even death.
While most attorneys decline to take cases where no insurance policies exist to cover a loss, Andres and his team built a practice area serving this underrepresented segment of the public and consistently take cases against plastic surgeons and medical doctors which maim and kill people and who do not carry medical malpractice insurance.
The line Andres gets most from defense counsel representing the surgeons against my medical malpractice claims is, “Are you really going to go forward with this lawsuit with the knowledge that my client and his practice are uninsured? Fortunately, my client retained a lawyer many years ago on how to protect himself and his business from judgments.” In the face of this despicable yet honest truism, his answer has always been, “yes.” Uninsured doctors are not immune from liability because tort lawyers won’t prosecute claims if there is no prospect of recovery. Andres is championing this cause and in the process, providing his colleagues with a model in which to prosecute medical malpractice claims against certain doctors and the surgical clinics from which they operate who have all elected to not maintain malpractice insurance in order to avoid liability.
Because of his efforts in this field, Andres has been interviewed by and seen on various news stations and news agencies as one of the only lawyers in the state of Florida that will take medical malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis against doctors that are uninsured. Andres Beregovich was featured in the Orlando Style Magazine and is a member of the Florida Justice Association, Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association of Justice, organizations devoted to trial work.
Andres takes challenging and complex cases, including representing clients in the tragic FIU-Sweetwater Bridge Collapse case in Miami-Dade County. Andres and his legal team are ready to speak to you about the value of your potential case. You can and should call now or write to us for a free consultation with Andres and his team. Tell Us Your Story.
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