About Eaton & Tirella

Eaton & Tirella takes pride in helping people. We represent individuals and families who have suffered a loss through the negligence or intentional acts of another. We pride ourselves on thorough preparation and in-depth fault investigation of claims, followed by aggressive representation through prosecution of the case in court. These are key factors that have come into play in building our record for success that is known throughout the country. At Eaton & Tirella, we offer our services in every city and county in Florida. We accept referrals from across the country to help out-of-state residents that have been injured in Florida.

We resolve Wrongful Death cases. Wrongful death is when a person is killed due to the fault of another, whether it is a defective product, automobile crash, truck crash motorcycle crash, medical malpractice, failure to provide adequate security, or any other situation where a loss of life has occurred that could have been avoided if others had been more careful.

We resolve Medical Malpractice cases. Medical malpractice is when someone has received improper medical care which has resulted in serious injuries or losses. We will investigate the matter and attempt to determine if a health care provider’s services have fallen below the “standard of care.” Medical malpractice cases are complex and require a great deal of skill and expertise. If you or a loved one has become a victim of medical malpractice, then please call our office today and ask us to mail to you a free copy of our book called Medical Malpractice – A Simple Guide To A Complex Issue.

We resolve Catastrophic Injury cases. A catastrophic injury requires an attorney who has experience and knowledge concerning the needs required to support a catastrophically injured person. The cause of the injury must be proven, and then the focus shifts to the costs required to take care of the victim. All too often people think that a million dollars is a lot of money, and that will take care of anyone, but they are wrong. The cost of good medical care to just maintain a catastrophically injured client is many millions of dollars. 24-hour attendant care is very expensive. Medication is expensive, hospital rooms are expensive, doctor care is expensive, testing, feeding, normal hygiene all are expensive. The costs of equipment needed to assist the victim is high, and the equipment wears out and needs replacing. All of these costs add up, and when you think about inflation, it takes a lot of money to just keep the victim comfortable. Sadly, the quality of their life has ended, they suffer from pain, disfigurement, the loss of the ability to enjoy life, their future income has stopped, and their expenses have skyrocketed. When it comes time to select a lawyer, make sure you find one who is Board Certified and has experience working with vocational planners, life care planners, and economists. All these experts are needed to quantify what the future costs of care and treatment will be. Sadly, if a catastrophically injured victim does not recover adequate funds for their medical needs, they may become a ward of the State, and receive only the minimal care that the State can provide. This becomes a burden on the taxpayers, and relieves the persons who caused the catastrophic injury of their financial responsibility.

We resolve Birth Related Injuries. If a child has suffered a loss of oxygen during their birth, the temporary suffocation may cause serious brain injuries. Cerebral Palsy is just such an example. Cerebral Palsy is not a disease, but an injury caused during the birth of a child. Cerebral Palsy is a medical mistake. The effects of such a mistake may take a few years to become apparent. If you have any fears or concerns that a child may have suffered a medical mistake, contact us at Eaton & Tirella immediately. We will be glad to discuss with you any questions you may have about any birth related injuries. In most cases these injuries are irreversible. The most common forms of debilitating birth injury are shoulder dystocia, brachial plexus palsy, Erb's palsy, and Klumpke's palsy. These are generally caused by doctor error during the birthing process and result in nerve damage and reduced motor function of the arm. Another common birth injury, prenatal asphyxia, can result in brain damage. If your child has suffered a birth injury due to the negligence of a doctor or medical provider, your child deserves compensation. Your child needs help for the long-term care and rehabilitation as well as the disability and loss of the enjoyment of life. If you have a question, call Eaton & Tirella today.

We resolve Burn Injury cases. Burns are avoidable! If you or someone you know has been a victim of a serious burn, you need to know your rights. Call Eaton & Tirella to discuss what happened. The pain associated with a burn, as well as the lifetime of scarring and the medical treatment and disability are all complex issues that require an experienced attorney who can protect your rights. Whether the burn is from chemicals, electrical, radiation, inhalation of gases, scalding, or any other source, having an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer on your side is important to protect your rights.

We resolve Paralysis cases. Paralysis injuries can occur from a number of causes including trauma, such as a fall or car accident which damages the spinal cord, and they can also be caused by pharmaceutical drugs, or food poisoning such as botulism. Other possible causes could be medical malpractice. If you or a loved one has suffered paralysis from an injury accident due to someone else’s negligence, please contact us about your concerns.

We resolve Brain Injury cases. Brain injuries are often caused by a sudden blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head, which causes the brain to move inside the skull, and cause microscopic tearing of the axons. Traumatic brain injuries cause serious problems like cognitive, behavioral, communication, or sensory processing problems. In more serious cases, a traumatic brain injury can result in a stupor, vegetative state, coma, or death. Some mild traumatic brain injuries occur without the victim even losing consciousness. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party you may want to call us at Eaton & Tirella to discuss your case. We have handled numerous brain injury cases, and have proven them in trial. The signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can range from mild to severe depending on the seriousness of the injury. Headaches, confusion, blurry vision, fatigue, dizziness, and difficulties with memory or concentration are all characteristics of mild traumatic brain injury. Moderate or severe cases of traumatic brain injury include all the same symptoms in addition to vomiting, nausea, seizures, slurred speech, unconsciousness, loss of coordination, agitation and difficulty swallowing.

We resolve Spinal Injuries. Your spine is one of the most sensitive areas of your body. A simple fall can lead to a herniated disc, which is a serious injury that can stay with you for your whole life. At Eaton & Tirella, we have dedicated our careers to helping people seek compensation for spinal and paralysis injuries of all sorts, from those resulting in spinal cord paralysis to those resulting in paraplegia or traumatic brain injury. We are prepared to find the party responsible and hold them accountable for their actions.

Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers

David G. Eaton
Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar

David T. Tirella
Board Certified by National Board of Trial Advocacy

Board certification recognizes attorneys' special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice.

"Board certification is a valuable credential that is becoming a significant trend in the legal profession," said Florida Bar President Frank Angones Jr. "Specialization recognizes lawyers' expertise and professionalism, and is a natural progression for lawyers who can demonstrate high skill levels in particular areas of law."

Certified attorneys are the only Florida lawyers allowed to identify or advertise themselves as "Florida Bar Board Certified," as specialists or as experts. Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.

A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards prescribed by the state's Supreme Court may become board certified in one or more of 22 certification fields. Approximately 4,300 Florida lawyers are board certified. Minimum requirements for certification are listed below; each area of certification may contain higher or additional standards.

  • A minimum of five years in law practice
  • A satisfactory showing of substantial involvement in the field of law for which certification is sought
  • A passing grade on the examination required of all applicants
  • Satisfactory peer review assessment of competence in the specialty field as well as character, ethics and professionalism in the practice of law
  • Satisfaction of the certification area's continuing legal education requirements

Basically, the Florida Bar, National Board of Trial Advocacy, and their peers have agreed that David and David have the highest skills in trying injury cases that can be measured by the Florida Bar.

AV® Peer Review Rating


An AV rating is a significant accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

David G. Eaton is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubble.

David T. Tirella is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubble.

And the law firm of Eaton & Tirella is AV rated by Martindale-Hubble.

Peer Review Ratings - Explanation
There are two components to each Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating:

  1. General Ethical Standards Rating
    The General Ethical Standards Rating denotes adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities.

    The General Recommendation Rating is:
    V - Very High

    A lawyer must receive a General Ethical Standards Rating before his or her review can proceed to the next step.

  2. Legal Ability Ratings
    Legal Ability Ratings take into consideration the standard of professional ability in the area where the lawyer practices, the lawyer's expertise, and other professional qualifications. If a lawyer's practice is limited or specialized, Peer Review Ratings are based on performance in those specific fields of law.

    Legal Ability Ratings are:
    C - Good to High
    B - High to Very High
    A - Very High to Preeminent

Profiles of the Attorneys


Books We Have Written

Eaton & Tirella are pleased to offer these free books entitled Automobile Accident Injury Guide – What To Do In Case You Are In An Automobile Accident and Medical Malpractice – A Simple Guide To A Complex Issue.

Automobile Accident GuideAutomobile Accident Injury Guide – What To Do In Case You Are In An Automobile Accident

Download a PDF of the guide

The Automobile Accident Injury Guide focuses on the step by step procedures you may want to take to handle your case without a lawyer. The information in this book includes:

  • What you should do at the scene of the crash
  • What evidence you need to preserve
  • What to do when the police arrive
  • Things that you should not do
  • Injuries what to watch out for
  • What to expect from the emergency room
  • Medical Treatment and proper documentation of your injuries
  • Insurance Adjusters, know who you are dealing with
  • How to document and recover your lost wages
  • How to know what is fair compensation for your losses
  • Fault the concept of negligence and comparative negligence
  • Do you really even need a lawyer, or can you handle the claim yourself
  • How to get your car fixed without a lawyer
  • Which insurance company will pay, and for what
  • How much will the insurance company pay to fix your car
  • Renting a car
  • Insurance propaganda
  • Insurance coverage what they are and what you should have to protect yourself
  • What are your rights if you drive a motorcycle
  • What time limits should you know about

Medical Malpractice – A Simple Guide To A Complex IssueMedical Malpractice – A Simple Guide To A Complex Issue

Download a PDF of the guide

The Medical Malpractice book explains many of the complex issues regarding the laws of medical malpractice, the procedures required to bring a medical malpractice claim, the facts and issues that must be addressed in every medical malpractice claim. The information in Medical Malpractice – A Simple Guide To A Complex Issue includes:

  • Your rights concerning medical malpractice
  • What to do if you suspect medical malpractice
  • What is medical malpractice
  • Who can commit medical malpractice
  • What is the acceptable standard of care you should expect from your doctors
  • What is “causation” and how does it apply to a medical malpractice claim
  • Common defenses used by insurance companies for doctors
  • How to find out if a doctor has breached the standard of care
  • What about consent forms you signed when you went to the doctor
  • What you should do if you have been injured by a health care provider
  • What you should not do if you have been injured
  • How should you select a lawyer for a medical malpractice claim
  • What you can expect your attorney to do on your behalf
  • How to find the best experts to prove your claim of medical malpractice
  • Laws that delay medical malpractice claims
  • Critical time limits that affect all medical malpractice claims
  • Children and medical malpractice
  • Tort reform and limits on recoveries for children
  • The so called medical malpractice lawsuit crisis
  • How can you avoid medical malpractice
  • What is your medical malpractice case worth
  • What if someone changes your medical records, what can be done
  • What if your doctor does not carry medical malpractice insurance



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