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2930 W. New Haven Ave.
Melbourne FL 32904
(866) 333-7920

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Couture Law P.A

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Tara C. Couture is the founding attorney of Couture Law P.A. She graduated with honors from the University of California San Diego, then obtained her law degree from one of the most prestigious schools in California, the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1999. Ms. Couture is licensed to practice law in Florida and California. Ms. Couture served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles prior to starting her own law firm. In addition to successfully representing clients in courts throughout Florida and California, she has also successfully negotiated, settled and litigated various types of legal matters, including, but not limited to, serious personal injury claims, wrongful death cases, car accident claims, truck & big rig accident claims and bus accident claims. Ms. Couture is a member of the Brevard County Bar Association, the Florida Bar, the State Bar of California, the Brevard County Association of Women’s Lawyers, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the Viera Women’s Club.

Each and every day in Brevard County and across Central Florida, the rights of those seriously injured are threatened.

At Couture Law P.A., we believe that by fighting for the rights of the injured we can help restore well being to those who have been victimized by the fault of another. Our goal is to help you recover fully from your loss. Of course, this means we are dedicated to fight to recover the maximum amount of money damages available under the law.

Couture Law P.A. is a Florida personal injury law firm that represents people who have been seriously injured. To most effectively serve the special needs of our clients, we limit our practice to matters involving serious personal injuries and wrongful death. We do NOT charge a fee until there has been a monetary recovery in our client's case and we advance all costs and expenses. At Couture Law P.A. we are committed to providing the highest quality of legal representation to help you get through this difficult time. Our professional yet personal approach to your case is what sets us apart. We are easy to talk to and genuinely care about you.

All consultations, whether in our offices or your home or hospital room, are free. Please call (866) 333-7920 for free accident counseling.

Tara Couture is admitted in the following jurisdictions:

  • Florida, California. She also has Federal Court approval.
     

Tara Couture is qualified to practice in:

  • Middle District of Florida, the State courts of Florida, State courts of California and the Central District of California.
     

Areas of Practice:

  • Medical Malpractice, Spinal Cord Injuries, Brain Injuries, Slip and Fall, Auto Accidents, Truck Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Wrongful Death, Nursing Home Abuse, and many others. Call (866) 333-7920 to discuss your circumstances now.
     

Tara Couture is a member of the following organizations:

  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • Young Professionals of Brevard
  • The Vassar B. Carlton American Inns of Court
  • Armenian Bar Association
  • Co-Director for Special Events of the Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers
  • Brevard County Association for Women Lawyers- President Elect 2010-2011
  • Junior League of South Brevard - Chair of Community Resources Project Development Board - 2010-2011
  • Vassar B. Carlton American Inns of Court - Co-Captain 2010-2011

CHARLES T. BECKER, Of COUNSEL

Mr. Charles T. Becker is a graduate of Albion College in Michigan and Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan in 1971. He has been practicing law since 1971 when he was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan, and then the State Bar of Florida in 1979. Charlie Becker has been practicing as an attorney for 39 years and exclusively focusing on personal injury for the last 32 years.

Mr. Becker is a former insurance defense lawyer, and was in house counsel for Kemper Insurance Company. He was also a former Florida Certified Circuit Court Mediator.

Mr. Becker has lived in Brevard County since 1989. He is a member of the Brevard County Bar Association as well as the Florida Justice Association.  


MARIANNE HEUBERGER CARTER, FLORIDA REGISTERED PARALEGAL

Marianne Heuberger Carter, born in Jacksonville, Florida, grew up living in several east coast seaport cities, and eventually relocated to San Diego, CA, in 1975. She remained in San Diego for 17 years, where she obtained her Associates degree and continued her education at San Diego State University, majoring in Spanish and Philosophy, earning her Bachelor's degree in 1988. Her post-baccalaureate studies were completed at the University of San Diego School of Law, where she obtained a Certificate of Completion of its nationally accredited Lawyer's Assistant Program, specializing in General Litigation. Marianne worked for over five years as a licensed bail agent in San Diego. In 1994 she relocated to Westchester County, New York, where she worked as a legal assistant for an attorney specializing in civil and corporate litigation. Marianne also enjoyed working as the copyreader/writer for a local newspaper, The Yorktown Observer, and served as Secretary of the Yorktown Zoning Board of Appeals.

Since moving to Brevard County in 1997, Marianne has worked as a paralegal for law firms specializing in personal injury and wrongful death, including 8 years for Childress & Charpentier, P.A., until Hubert C. Childress, Esq., retired in 2007. After working two years with Gary Holland, Esq., at Donoghue & Holland, she then joined the firm of Couture Law, P.A., in January 2010.

Marianne was one of the first paralegals in Florida to be registered with the Florida Bar as a Florida Registered Paralegal in 2008. She has also written several articles which were published in 2009 in the Florida Justice Association Journal, a bi-monthly periodical for Florida trial attorneys.

With her specialized legal training, expert knowledge of the English language, well-rounded background working in various fields of law, and over thirteen years of Florida personal injury litigation experience, Marianne is well qualified to assist attorneys in the handling and litigation of personal injury and other claims.

In addition to being dedicated to her work as a paralegal, she is a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem, volunteering her time to advocate for children of Brevard County who have been removed from their homes because of alleged abuse, abandonment, or neglect.

Marianne is married to Doug, the Brevard County Assistant Fire Marshal, and together they have three daughters. During her personal time, Marianne loves cooking, photography, traveling, art, canyoneering, and playing board games with her family.


LORY L. BITTNER

Lory L. Bittner graduated from Florida State University and then Stetson College of Law, where she was on the Dean’s List. In addition, she authored an article, Searching a Car Without a Warrant, which was published in the award-winning statewide, monthly magazine, The Florida Police Chief, published by the Florida Police Chiefs Association. She has experience practicing law in three states; Florida, North Carolina and California. Prior to attending Law School, Ms. Bittner worked as a Claim Superintendent for State Farm Fire & Casualty Company, supervising a staff of nine and overseeing the adjusting of Personal Lines and Commercial Lines Property and Casualty Claims. After attending Law School, Ms. Bittner joined State Farm’s Claim Litigation Counsel where she practiced Insurance Defense handling all phases of litigation. She then moved to State Farm’s Corporate Offices to work as an Assistant General Claim Counsel where she oversaw complex insurance coverage and claim litigation. Ms. Bittner relocated to North Carolina and worked as Claims & Coverage Counsel for Royal & SunAlliance Insurance for several years. In total, Ms. Bittner has over seventeen years experience in insurance claims, coverage matters and insurance defense litigation. She has over 10 years experience as an attorney handling such matters from the initial claim through trial.

Ms. Bittner is a member of the Florida Bar, the Brevard County Bar Association and previously served as the Secretary of the Brevard County Association of Women Lawyers. She is also an active volunteer with the Brevard County Legal Aid Office and since 2009 has donated over 175 hours of pro bono time.

Her areas of Practice include auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, boating accidents, premise liability, dog bites, disability, insurance coverage disputes, including, auto insurance, property insurance, homeowner’s insurance, health insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and disability insurance, and many others.  

Please Call : (866) 333-7920

Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury is a life-shattering experience for the victim and his or her loved ones. Those that survive a spinal cord injury may never be the same again. Family and friends have to adjust to the necessary changes in lifestyle that inevitably happen after such a devastating injury. Understanding spinal cord injuries can help the victim and his or her family and friends cope with the effects.


What is a spinal cord injury?

The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves and supportive tissue that extends from base of the brain to just beyond the first lumbar vertebra. It is protected by the bones in the spinal column, but does not extend the entire length, as is commonly assumed. A spinal injury is damage to the nerve fibers as a result of an (either traumatic or chronic) event. A traumatic event, such as an accidental blow or act of violence, crushes, compresses, dislocates or fractures one or more of the vertebrae in the spine, thereby damaging the spinal cord. A chronic (non-traumatic) spinal cord injury is generally from a more long-term condition, such as disc degeneration, arthritis or inflammation. [1]


What causes spinal injury?

Many spinal cord injuries are from a traumatic event. Motor vehicle accidents, falls and acts of violence are the leading causes for spinal injury in the U.S. [1] In Florida, spinal injuries are primarily caused by : [2]

  • Falls: 38.3%
  • Motor vehicle accidents: 33.6%
  • Other accidents: 15%
  • Assaults: 5.7%
     
Common causes in each region within Florida may vary based on demographics. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of spinal injuries for people between 16 and 30 years of age. [1] Spinal cord injuries for those over the age of 65 are most often due to falls; almost 60% of spinal injuries in Florida occur in victims age 45 and older. [2] The causes and severity of spinal cord injury in Brevard, Melbourne, Titusville, Palm Bay, and throughout Brevard County may deviate from the average in Florida and the U.S. based on demographics.



What are the effects of spinal cord injury?

The devastation of a spinal injury is defined as either complete or incomplete. Complete means the total loss of all motor and sensory function below the affected area; incomplete means that some motor and/or sensory function remains below the injury location. [1] Symptoms associated with spinal injury are:

  • Paralysis
  • Loss of sensation
  • Incontinence
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Sexual function changes
  • Spasms
  • Nerve pain
  • Back pain or pressure



How we can help

Couture Law, P.A. works with a number of leading spinal cord injury treatment providers in Brevard County, and can provide referrals to those who are best able to answer your questions.

  • Neurosurgeons *

The B.A.C.K. Center

2222 South Harbor City Blvd.,
Melbourne, FL 32901
(321) 723-7716

Mitchell L. Supler, MD, FACS

Dr. Supler is affiliated with the following hospitals:

  • Holmes Regional Medical Center – Melbourne, FL
  • Cape Canaveral Hospital – Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne, FL and Rockledge, FL
  • Central Florida Regional Hospital – Sanford, FL
  • Providence Saint Peter Hospital – Olympia, WA


Deuk Spine Institute

8043 Spyglass Hill Road
Melbourne, FL 32940
(321) 255-6670

836 Century Medical Drive
Titusville, FL 32796
(321) 383-8092

6150 Metrowest Blvd, Suite 102
Orlando, FL 32835
(407) 290-6322

Dr. Ara J Deukmedjian, MD

Dr. Deukmedjian is affiliated with the following hospitals:

  • Parrish Medical Center – Titusville, FL
  • Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne, FL


Jonathan Paine, MD

1305 Valentine St, Melbourne, FL 32901
(321) 727-2468

Dr. Paine is affiliated with the following hospitals:

  • Holmes Regional Medical Center – Melbourne, FL
  • Cape Canaveral Hospital – Cape Canaveral, FL


Aaron Smith D.O.

5005 Port St John Pkwy
Cocoa, FL 32927
(321) 433-2247

Dr. Smith is affiliated with the following hospitals:

  • Parrish Medical Center – Titusville, FL

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