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Darren Coleman has been practicing workers’ compensation and personal injury law in Central Florida for over 10 years. Originally from Virginia Beach, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. After his undergraduate studies, Mr. Coleman worked as an insurance adjuster in Columbus, Ohio, representing many large insurance companies in automobile and slip and fall accident claims.
During this time in his life, he also worked as a teacher in several developing countries. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Mr. Coleman traveled to the Republic of Latvia (his mother’s homeland), where he helped start the nation’s first charitable organization for the aid of orphaned or abandoned children.
Mr. Coleman took his law school entrance exam while teaching in Seoul, Korea, and thereafter, obtained his law degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He began his legal career defending insurance companies and employers in workers’ compensation claims. Seeking greater job fulfillment, Mr. Coleman joined Rue & Ziffra in 2004 and was named a partner in the 40 year old firm in 2014. He now uses his first hand knowledge of the insurance industry to fight for the rights of Florida’s injured workers. Mr. Coleman is also accredited through the Veterans’ Administration to represent veterans with their claims. You must be individually accredited by the VA in order to represent any Veteran.
For more than a decade, Mr. Coleman has supported a disadvantaged African child through the Children’s Fund and a chimpanzee rescued from a research lab through Help Save the Chimps. For enjoyment, Mr. Coleman played rugby for many years and now engages in the much safer sport of running. He likes to run in Central Florida 5K’s, several of which have been sponsored by Rue & Ziffra. He is also the very proud owner of a very handsome but rambunctious Irish Setter named Riley. If you ever pass by someone in Port Orange running with a big red dog, it will be Mr. Coleman and Riley.
One of Mr. Coleman’s most memorable cases was a 2008 workers’ compensation claim involving a 63-year-old grocery store employee who was hit in the head by a carton of ice cream which had fallen a short distance off of a freezer shelf. The following day, the client developed an aneurism which burst causing a very grievous injury. The employer’s workers’ compensation carrier denied payment of benefits on the basis that the injury was merely coincidental and not causally related to the industrial accident. Prior to trial this case settled for approximately $850,000.
Over the past 10 years, Mr. Coleman has obtained over $30,000,000 on behalf of his clients. In one workers’ compensation settlement, Mr. Coleman filed suit on behalf of a client who had been offered $15,000 to settle a claim. After litigating the case, he secured a $347,000 settlement for his client. Successful in handling automobile accident cases as well, Mr. Coleman has also settled cases in the amount of $200,000 and $30,000.
As a dedicated lawyer, Attorney Darren Coleman listens to all his clients closely and fights to deliver the best possible outcome in every case. Although focusing his practice on workers’ compensation cases, Mr. Coleman is equally as successful in personal injury cases.