Shana Nogues is an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney focusing her personal injury practice on wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases involving product liability, automobile accidents, workplace injuries, premise liability, trucking accidents, maritime law, and industrial accidents.
Some of Shana’s most notable verdicts and settlements include obtaining a $4.9 Million Verdict for a Single Mother injured in a Rear-end Crash. The young mother suffered severe injuries which prevented her from caring for her young child. In another case, Shana was able to obtain a confidential settlement against the firearms manufacturer for the severe and painful injuries suffered by our client.
Shana has been selected by her peers for the Best Lawyers of America for her work on behalf of plaintiffs in Personal Injury Litigations. She has also been named to the Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. She has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, which denotes the highest standard of professional ability and ethical standards.
A graduate of Tulane University School of Law, Shana has been published in newsletters and journals on topics ranging from workers’ compensation claims to trial strategies. In law school, she served as Managing Editor of the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property.
As part of her pro bono practice, Shana serves as a mentor for children committed to Florida’s dependency system.
Prior to joining the firm, Shana practiced corporate and insurance defense litigation. She served as temporary in-house counsel for an international car rental company, overseeing a team of attorneys and leading the transition from their in-house claims department to a third-party administrator. The six-month project provided a unique insight into the inner workings of the claims process – specialized knowledge that she frequently employs in her personal injury practice. In 2011, Shana served as extern to a federal judge, the Honorable Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt.
At Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Littky-Rubin & Whitman, Shana represents clients throughout Florida and the United States who have been significantly injured by the negligence of others.
Female Trial Team Obtains $4.98 Million Verdict their deserving client, Jennie Pagan, who suffered significant injuries as a result of a rear-end collision accident.
Ms. Pagan was on her way to work in her Honda Accord when she was stopped in traffic. Unfortunately, the defendant driver of a Ford F-550 truck crashed into her from behind. The sudden impact resulted in a painful C5-6 disc herniation in her neck. The injury required Jennie to undergo physical therapy, pain management treatment, and ultimately necessitated cervical disc replacement surgery.
While the defendant admitted fault for rear-ending Ms. Pagan and admitted that she did, in fact, sustain “some” injuries, the Driver and his Insurance Company, Progressive, refused to accept that she was permanently injured, or that her life-changing surgery was caused by the crash.
Ms. Pagan incurred about $186,000 in medical expenses and is expected to require future medical treatment.
In trial, Ms. Nogues and Ms. Dinetz proved that Ms. Pagan suffered a permanent injury. They focused on the extensive medical treatment and therapy she underwent in her effort to get better. They highlighted the immense pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life that Ms. Pagan has suffered and will continue to endure for the rest of her life, and how those injuries sidelined this single mother from being able to fully participate in life with her young daughter.
By taking the time to understand the full scope of how this accident and injuries impacted our 43-year-old client, attorneys Shana P. Nogues, Jennifer A. Dinetz, and Nancy La Vista were able to convince a Broward county jury to fully compensate Jennie Pagan for all that she has suffered and will continue to suffer into the future.
Defective Garment Steamer Impales Client, Leads to Severe Injury
Our client suffered severe injuries from a defective household steamer. The steamer was purchased from a foreign company and delivered to our client’s home through the Amazon marketplace. It was marketed as a commercial-grade steamer intended to withstand all day, everyday use. The steamer never left our client’s laundry room after purchase. After only 80 uses, while the steamer pole was in our client’s hand, there was a fatigue failure in the rod at a connector junction between rod segments. As a result of the failure, our client was shocked and fell with the broken, sharp end of the rod in her hand which impaled her body resulting in serious injuries and leaving a gaping, open wound and necrosis that required emergency surgery and multiple skin grafts. After identifying the designer and manufacturer of the steamer, we successfully obtained service outside of the United States.
After having the design documents translated into English and with the help of a retained engineering expert, Shana Nogues, was able to determine that the steamer had both design and manufacturing defects relating to the thickness and threads in the steamer’s rod. Shortly before trial in federal court was scheduled to begin, Shana Nogues was able to secure a confidential settlement on the client’s behalf.
Products Liability Case Against Gun Manufacturer For Drop Fire Incident Results in Confidential Settlement
Firm client sustained a devastating gunshot wound when his firearm discharged upon falling on the floor. The stray bullet entered his leg and struck his tibia then fragmented causing our client to suffer from compartment syndrome. Our client underwent emergency surgery and extensive rehabilitation in his recovery.
The lawsuit alleged a defective design in the firearm that allowed it to fire under inertia. Ultimately, on the eve of trial, Attorney Shana P. Nogues was able to obtain a confidential settlement against the firearms manufacturer for the severe and painful injuries suffered by our client.
- No Consent, No Liability: New Fourth DCA Case Reinforces Florida’s Take on Vehicle Theft and Conversion and Provides Guidance for Instructing the Jury, September 2017
- Blurred Lines: Understanding Workers’ Compensation Immunities, Trial Advocate Quarterly Spring 2015
- Huge Medical Bills and Questionable Surgery in LOP Cases: How the 4th DCA Upholds Our Strategy to Expose the Physician, September 2013
- Paving the Way to Fair Jury Trials: Using Batson Challenges; Minority Trial Lawyer – American Bar Association Section of Litigation, April 2012
- “Early COVID Era Trial – Takeaways!” – Florida Justice Association 2021 Annual Convention, June 2021
- “Navigating Spoliation Risks Void of a National Standard.” Client Seminar, Sunrise, FL – May 2018
- “Litigation Success: From Accident, Investigation, Discovery and Trial.” Client Seminar; Tampa, FL – February 2018
- “Workers’ Compensation Immunity,” FDLA Advance Litigation Boot Camp, Orlando, FL – October 2016
- FAWL in Love with GAL
- Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options (JAFCO)