The Injury Law Clinic, P.A.
Nova Southeastern University
1998 - 2001
Diana I. Castrillon, is the founding attorney of The Injury Law Clinic, P.A. and is experienced in the areas of Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Workers’ Compensation.
Throughout her years as an attorney, Ms. Castrillon has been able to use her knowledge and experience to obtain significant economic results for individuals who have suffered as a result of the negligence of others.
Recently, Ms. Castrillon was able to obtain a $350,000.00 settlement for a client who was struck in the face by a sheet of metal at the mechanic shop he worked at, injuring his face, neck and back. She was able to get him much-needed medical care which saved him from future disfigurement and disability. In the end, he and his family were delighted with the results which helped them pay off their debt and purchase a home to get back on their feet.
In 2007, Ms. Castrillon went before the Honorable Judge Kathryn Pecko in a trial to ensure the right to benefits of illegal immigrants who are injured while working. In this important case, a young man fell off a roof while working for a local roofing company. His employer knew that he was not legally able to work in the United States and paid him cash for his work. However, when he was injured, his employer’s insurance company tried to hide behind the fact that he was an illegal alien to deny him his right to medical care and monetary benefits for lost wages. Ms. Castrillon, successfully argued that the Employer cannot use his immigration status as both a shield and a sword. They used his illegal status to be able to pay him reduced wages without tax consequences but then tried to use this same fact against him to deny him benefits when he fell down while working for them. Now, thanks to the efforts of Ms. Castrillon, this is the precedent in Broward County and her argument is being used by other attorneys in other counties in Florida.
Ms. Castrillon recently represented a 16-year-old boy who was hit by an automobile while on his bicycle. The accident resulted in severe damage to the boy’s growth plate and will require future surgery and treatment. Mrs. Castrillon was able to get a significant economic result for the family as well as a guarantee of payment on all the medical treatment he required.
Diana I. Castrillon was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on August 5, 1976. At only 21 years old, she graduated with cum laude honors from the University of Florida and entered Nova Southeastern University’s Sheppard Broad Law Center as a Goodwin Scholar, an honor that is granted her a scholarship to attend. In 2001, she graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude. During her time there, she was nominated by the law center and awarded the honor of being named in the Woman’s Lawyers Journal as the Outstanding Female Law Student for 2001-2002, an award which is given to those students whom are considered among the best and brightest of the nation and whom have had a significant impact on the community. She was also chosen as a Senior Staff Member for Nova’s Journal of International & Comparative Law.
Ms. Castrillon was admitted to the Florida Bar on September 13, 2001, and since then has become involved with various organizations including the Florida Justice Association, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Florida Association of Hispanic Attorneys, the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association, the Broward County Justice Association, and the Florida Workers’ Advocates.
In 2007, she was elected by her peers to be on the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section. Ms. Castrillon was also given the high honor of speaking on the panel at the Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute’s Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida in 2008 to discuss the topic, “Ethics and Professionalism in Legal Practice.” She has now been invited to speak again at the 2009 convention on the same important subject.