Karl F. Pansler

Karl F. Pansler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Lakeland, FL

The Pansler Law Firm PA
 | 223 North Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801
Phone: 863-683-7500
Fax: 863-284-0774
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2010, 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile
Karl F. Pansler has been awarded an AV rating by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and has been included in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since the 83rd edition. He is Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and The Florida Bar as a specialist in civil trial law and is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law. Karl is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum where membership is limited to trial lawyers who have achieved a trial verdict or settlement in the amount of $2 million or more.

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

About Karl Pansler

Admitted: 1985, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.pansler.com/attorneyprofiles.php?view=karl

Honors/Awards:

  • Karl has been awarded an AV rating, the highest possible marks from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and was honored to be included in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 83rd and 84th editions. He is board certified by The National Board of Trial Advocacy and The Florida Bar as a specialist in civil trial law, and is listed in both Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law. Karl is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum whose membership is limited to trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience, and excellence in advocacy by achieving a trial verdict or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more.
  • Has been conferred the 2014 Litigator’s Award, the firm ranks among the Top 1% of all lawyers for: Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Automobile Accident, and Brain Injury Litigation.
  • Named one of the ”Premier 100” Trial Attorneys for Florida by the National Academy of Jurisprudence 2016
  • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Has been named in Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America, where less than one percent (1%) of the attorneys of America have been invited to be a member
  • Received the America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Named "Most Client focused Personal Injury Law Firm-Florida" for the 2016 Legal Elite Awards

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, The National Board of Trial Advocacy and The Florida Bar for 25 years

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Admitted to the Oklahoma Bar, 1985
  •  Admitted to practice in all Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma Courts; Member of the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Oklahoma.
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, 2011
  • Member, American Bar Association; Member, National Trial Lawyer; Member, Polk County Trial Lawyers Association; Member, The Lakeland Bar Association; Member, American Justice Association; Member, National Trial Lawyers Association; Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum; member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1990
  • Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Florida by The National Trial Lawyers
  • Admitted to the Florida Bar, 1987
  • Admitted to the Georgia Bar, 2010

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Karl was honored to be named Chairman of the founders Club for the development of Southeastern University’s new football program., 2013
  • Karl was appointed to serve on the Southeastern University Presidential Search Committee., 2010
  • 4 years,Chairman of the Board, Board of Directors for Beacon Christian Academy; Board of Directors, HUG Home of Polk County; Board of Advisors, Farrell Academy; President, Southeastern University Alumni Association; Coach, Youth Baseball, 2 years; Coach, Youth Soccer, 2 years; Coach, Youth Football, Lakeland Eagles, 7 years
  • President of Southeastern University's Football Booster Club, 2013-present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Karl has appeared live on NBC's national television show The Today Show for legal commentary and he has lectured to various business, civic, and other groups on numerous topics related to legal matters.

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $150,000.0032” Boxed Television Falls on HeadOur client was shopping at a local retail store looking at televisions, when one of the boxes holding a 32” television fell down hitting her face, neck and body. It caused significant injuries to her right shoulder, right cheek bone, neck, sinuses and low back. She also endured herniation to her cervical spine which required injections and potential future surgery. This case was litigated and settled for $150,000.00.
  • $200,000.00Trip and FallWhile walking through a local restaurant, our client tripped on an uneven surface that was hidden by a rug and hit her head on a table, causing her to lose consciousness and sustain severe injuries to her pelvis, hip and back. After filing suit and litigating this matter, a settlement was obtained before trial for $200,000.00.
  • $100,000.00Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist ClaimOur client was t-boned by an uninsured motorist who negligently drove through an intersection where our client had the right of way. Our client’s insurance company only offered him $12,000.00 to settle his claim but, after filing suit and litigating our client’s claim, the insurance company settled for $100,000.00.
  • $125,000.00Large Carpet Roll Falls on HeadIn this case, our client, a middle-aged woman, was shopping at a carpet store when a roll of carpet fell from above hitting her in the head and knocking her to the floor. This caused her serious injuries including a concussion, neck, back and head pain and a laceration to her face. This case was litigated and ultimately settled prior to trial for $125,000.00.
  • $110,000.00Automobile AccidentWhile driving down a country road, an oncoming sports car lost control and hit our clients’ vehicle. Both the driver and passenger were injured, and required extensive medical treatment. We were able to obtain a settlement of over $100,000.00 from the at-fault party’s bodily injury insurance policy.
  • $225,000.00Automobile AccidentA Canadian driver ran a stop sign, causing our client to t-bone his vehicle which caused her to break her arm in two places. Unfortunately, our client required surgery and had to re-learn how to write with her other hand, since her dominate arm was affected by the accident. A pre-suit settlement was obtained in the amount of $225,000.00.
  • $175,000.00Rear End CollisionOur client was rear-ended when he was coming to a stop at a red light. He sustained serious injuries to his neck and back. This case was litigated and ultimately settled for $175,000.00.
  • $1,575,000  OB/GYN Malpractice

    Failure of OB/GYN physicians and nurses to bring our client in when she was going into premature labor caused the premature birth of a son which resulted in severe permanent injuries. A settlement of $1,575,000 was obtained for our client.

  • $300,000.00Automobile AccidentThis young man was driving down the road when another vehicle pulled out in front of him causing him to hit her.  The driver had been drinking and left the scene but was found. Our client suffered numerous injuries from the collision including neurological damage causing tremors and weakness to his hand, severe whiplash to his neck, pain in his right shoulder, right wrist, right hip and right knee.  The lady that hit him did not have any insurance so an uninsured motorist claim was filed and only $1,500.00 was offered on a $10,000.00 policy.  Suit was filed and this case went to trial and the jury awarded our client $300,000.00.
  • $450,000.00Statue Falls on ChildA 10 year old boy was at a city park playing. Some other children were playing around a memorial statue, when it fell over crushing our young client’s foot causing severe damage. This case was litigated and ultimately settled prior to trial for $450,000.00.
  • $600,000.00Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist ClaimOur client was struck by an automobile, suffering a tibial plateau fracture, while walking through a Publix parking lot. After recovering $100,000.00 from the at-fault driver, a demand was made to our client’s Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist insurance carrier. The insurance company only offered $5,000.00 to resolve our client’s claim. After a three day trial was held, a verdict was rendered by a jury for $600,000.00.
  • $300,000.00  Automobile Accident

    This young man was driving down the road when another vehicle pulled out in front of him causing him to hit her.  The driver had been drinking and left the scene but was found. Our client suffered numerous injuries from the collision including neurological damage causing tremors and weakness to his hand, severe whiplash to his neck, pain in his right shoulder, right wrist, right hip and right knee.  The lady that hit him did not have any insurance so an uninsured motorist claim was filed and only $1,500.00 was offered on a $10,000.00 policy.  Suit was filed and this case went to trial and the jury awarded our client $300,000.00. 

    , 2017
  • $2,520,000  Rear End Collision

    Our Client was turning left on a green arrow, when a driver failed to stop hitting our client in the driver’s side door at a high rate of speed.  Our client suffered significant permanent brain and bodily injuries. We were able to reach a settlement for our client of $2,520,000.

    , 2017
  • $100,000.00 Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist ClaimOur client was t-boned by an uninsured motorist who negligently drove through an intersection where our client had the right of way. Our client’s insurance company only offered him $12,000.00 to settle his claim but, after filing suit and litigating our client’s claim, the insurance company settled for $100,000.00., 2017
  • $2,000,000.00 Semi-Tractor Trailer Invades Right of Way
  • $115,000.00  Flipped Vehicle
  • $350,000.00  Nursing Negligence – Overdose
  • Semi-Tractor Trailer Crash. A six-figure recovery was obtained for the client.
  • $500,000.00 Failure to Inform This case involved a physician’s failure to inform his patient of a life threatening tumor that was detected after an MRI was taken. The physician should have followed up with his patient after the MRI was taken but failed to inform the patient of this tumor for nearly a year. Sadly, this delay in treatment ultimately led to the patient’s death. This case settled during pre-suit, without the necessity of filing a lawsuit, for the entire amount of the medical malpractice policies carried by both the health care facility and negligent physician., 2018
  • $700,000.00  D.U.I. – Driver
  • $100,000.00  Severe Collision Resulting in Surgery
  • $200,000.00  Nursing/Medical Malpractice - Neurological Injury
  • Loss of Life from Fire. The case resolved just prior to trial for an amount in excess of seven figures.
  • $250,000.00  Defective Mini Bike
  • $100,000.00  Wreckless Driving
  • Product Liability Cases  $175,000.00  Dysfunctional Wheelchair
  • $275,000.00  Rear End CollisionOur client was stopped at a red light when he was rear-ended by an elderly man who hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.  After hitting our client, he backed up and accidentally hit him again. Our client sustained numerous back and neck injuries including spinal bulges.  This case was litigated and settled for $275,000.00.  , 2016
  • These are only a small number of the cases which The Pansler Law Firm has handled.  For details, see our website: www.pansler.com.
  • $250,000.00  Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $2,000,000.00  Nursing/Medical Malpractice-Neurological Injury
  • $220,000.00  Spinal Injury
  • $60,000.00  T-bone Collision This young lady was driving down the road when a sheriff’s deputy, who was coming from the opposite direction in an unmarked vehicle, suddenly turned on his lights going at a high rate of speed and entered the intersection on a red light, t-boning our client.  Our client suffered back and neck injuries. The Sheriff’s office refused to offer any monies to settle the case. This case was vigorously litigated and taken to trial where a jury awarded her $60,000.00.
  • $2,500,000.00  Large Commercial Truck Runs Red Light
  • $200,000.00  Soft Tissue Injury
  • $1,000,000.00  Medical Malpractice - Failure to Diagnose a Malformed Fetus
  • $3,000,000.00  Semi Tractor-Trailer Crash
  • $125,000.00  Falling Carpet Hurts Shopper In this case, our client, a middle-aged woman, was shopping at a carpet store when a roll of carpet fell from above hitting her in the head and knocking her to the floor.  This caused her serious injuries including a concussion, neck, back and head pain and a laceration to her face. This case was litigated and ultimately settled prior to trial for $125,000.00.  
  • $260,500.00 Slip and FallOur client was shopping at a local grocery store when she slipped in a puddle of liquid on the floor, suffering injuries to her back, kidneys, hips, legs and wrist.  A settlement was obtained prior to trial for $260,500.00.  , 2017
  • $550,000. Our client was the driver of an SUV. He was rear ended by a tractor trailer loaded with cars. Our client suffered head trauma as well as injuries to his lumbar and cervical spine. He had surgery on the lumbar spine and is in need of long term treatment for his brain injuries. The case was settled for $550,000., 2010
  • $147,000.00  Training in Haphazard Conditions
  • $500,000.00  Heart Attack
  • Auto-Hauler Truck Crash. A substantial six-figure recovery was obtained for our clients.
  • $225,000.00 Automobile AccidentA Canadian driver ran a stop sign, causing our client to t-bone his vehicle which caused her to break her arm in two places. Unfortunately, our client required surgery and had to re-learn how to write with her other hand, since her dominate arm was affected by the accident. A pre-suit settlement was obtained in the amount of $225,000.00., 2017
  • $750,000.00  Pedestrian v. Automobile
  • $105,000.00  Rear-End Collision
  • $300,000.00  Hospital Fall Injury
  • $800,000.00  Failure to Extubate Properly
  • $300,000.00  Soft Tissue Damage 
  • $100,000.00  T-Bone Collision
  • $500,000.00  Garbage Truck Crash
  • $300,000.00  Uninsured Motorist ClaimThis young man was driving down the road when another vehicle pulled out in front of him causing him to hit her.  The driver had been drinking and left the scene but was found. Our client suffered numerous injuries from the collision including neurological damage causing tremors and weakness to his hand, severe whiplash to his neck, pain in his right shoulder, right wrist, right hip and right knee.  The lady that hit him did not have any insurance so an uninsured motorist claim was filed and only $1,500.00 was offered on a $10,000.00 policy.  Suit was filed and this case went to trial. The jury awarded our client $300,000.00., 2016
  • $250,000.00  Truck Accident
  • $2,250,000.00  Delayed Diagnosis
  • $250,000.00  Hazardous Power Lines
  • $125,000.00  Dog BiteOur client was at a friend’s house when the friend’s dog suddenly jumped up and bit our client, ripping his mouth open.  He had to have over 200 stitches and sustained nerve damage along with post-traumatic stress disorder.  This case was litigated and settled for $125,000.00.
  • $400,000, In this case, our client was injured in a bus/car accident requiring a neck fusion. A settlement of $400,000 was obtained.
  • $200,000.00  Respiratory Damage by Chemical Explosion
  • $1,200,000.00  Medical Malpractice Cancer Case
  • GASEOUS FUME INHALATION Can Explosion, a substantial six-figure award was obtained  
  • $150,000.00  Falling Boxes Hurts Shopper Our client was shopping at a local retail store looking at televisions, when one of the boxes holding a 32” television fell down hitting her face, neck and body.  It caused significant injuries to her right shoulder, right cheek bone, neck, sinuses and low back.  She also endured herniation to her cervical spine which required injections and potential future surgery. This case was litigated and settled for $150,000.00.
  • $400,000.00 Trucking Accident/Wrongful DeathThis case involved the wrongful death of a pedestrian, who was rightfully in the crosswalk, when a semi-truck hit and killed him. A lawsuit was brought on behalf of the Estate for the deceased pedestrian and a recovery was obtained in the amount of $400,000.00 without the need for trial., 2017
  • $700,000, In this case our client presented to the hospital with complaints of eye pain and then was released to go home. Later it was discovered that a piece of metal had lodged in his eye. The delay caused complete vision loss in one eye of the plaintiff. A recovery of $700,000 was obtained.
  • $150,000.00  Collision resulting in Total Hip Replacement
  • $600,000.00  Failure to Diagnose Symptoms for Stroke
  • $420,000.00  T-bone Automobile Accident
  • $110,000.00 Automobile AccidentWhile driving down a country road, an oncoming sports car lost control and hit our clients’ vehicle. Both clients were injured, and required extensive medical treatment. We were able to obtain a settlement of over $100,000.00 from the at-fault party’s bodily injury insurance policy., 2017
  • $1,200,000.00  Rear End Crash by Commercial Truck
  • $110,000.00  Rear-End Collision resulting in Surgery
  • $350,000.00  Insulin Overdose
  • Soft Tissue Hand Injury. The case resolved in a substantial award of six-figures for the client.
  • $600,000.00 Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist ClaimOur client was struck by an automobile, suffering a tibial plateau fracture, while walking through a Publix parking lot. After recovering $100,000.00 from the at-fault driver, a demand was made to our client’s Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist insurance carrier. The insurance company only offered $5,000.00 to resolve our client’s claim. After a three day trial was held, a verdict was rendered by a jury for $600,000.00., 2017
  • $400,000.00  Car Accident
  • $100,000.00  Herniated Disc after Rear-End Collision
  • Wrongful Death  $1,000,000.00  Electrical Fire
  • $125,000.00  Motor Vehicle Accident 
  • $250,000.00  Bowling Alley Fall 
  • Medical Malpractice:  $3,000,000.00  Surgical error
  • SLIP/TRIP & FALL CASES  $250,000.00  Soft Tissue Injury
  • $175,000.00  Rear End CollisionOur client was rear-ended when he was coming to a stop at a red light.  He sustained serious injuries to his neck and back.  This case was litigated and ultimately settled for $175,000.00.  
  • $5,600,000.00  Semi-Tractor Trailer Fatigued Driver Crash
  • $200,000.00  Slip and Fall 
  • $1,700,000.00  Failure To Perform Cesarean Section
  • $132,500.00  Slip & Fall
  • $450,000.00  Trip and Fall in Public Park A 10-year-old boy was at a city park playing. Some other children were playing around a memorial statue, when it fell over crushing our young client’s foot causing severe damage. This case was litigated and ultimately settled prior to trial for $450,000.00., 2015
  • $200,000.00 Trip and Fall While walking through a local restaurant, our client tripped on an uneven surface that was hidden by a rug and hit her head on a table, causing her to lose consciousness and sustain severe injuries to her pelvis, hip and back. After filing suit and litigating this matter, a settlement was obtained before trial for $200,000.00., 2017
  • $3,000,000, In this case, a hole was drilled in the wrong point of our client's skull resulting in permanent brain damage.  A recovery of $3 million was obtained., 2009
  • $162,500.00  Forklift Collision
  • $700,000.00  Loss of Vision
  • $440,000.00  Eye Injury at Camp

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Named one of the ”Premier 100” Trial Attorneys for Florida by the National Academy of Jurisprudence, 2016
  • Named Top Attorneys in Florida, 2018
  • Recognized as one of the Top 100 Car Accident Verdicts in Florida in the year 2017, 2017
  • Southeastern University's Young Alumnus of the Year Award , 1992
  • In law school, Karl was the recipient of the prestigious Justice Hal P. Dekle Trial Practice Award, winner of the 1984 and 1985 moot court competitions, appointed by the faculty to the Moot Court Board, and was selected by the faculty to represent the law school in national trial competition sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, competing in the Regional Finals. In his senior year, Karl was elected by his fellow classmates to serve as President of the law school's chapter of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Florida National Trial Lawyers , 2013
  • JAN. 15, 2015 -  Pansler Law Firm, a trial law firm located in Lakeland, Florida, was today awarded the prestigious 2014 Litigator Award for extraordinary achievement within the field(s) of: Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Automobile Accident, and Brain Injury Litigation. Justly standing as the nations most coveted symbol of “Litigation Achievement”, this unrivaled annual honor recognizes trial lawyers {firms}who have attained extraordinary litigation achievement within one or more of 72 pre-defined “Practice Specialty” categories. Based strictly on “Verdict and/or Settlement” dollar achievement rather than peer popularity, the Litigator Awards are perhaps the most rigorous and openly judged trial law rating. Simply being nominated is to be set among the elite of the profession. Those awarded are generally considered among the finest trial lawyers in the nation., 2014
  • Has been selected to be included in The National Trial Lawyers Top 25 Mass Tort Trial Lawyers. This honor is given only to a select group of attorneys for their superior skills and qualifications in the field., 2016
  • Chosen by President George W. Bush and the National Republican Congressional Committee to receive the 2000 and 2001 Wall Street Businessman of the Year Award in Florida, 2000
  • Princeton's Who's Who, 2010
  • Awarded the Southeastern University Distinguished Alumni of the year award, 2013
  • Named “Most Client focused Personal Injury Law Firm-Florida” for the 2016 Legal Elite Awards, 2016
  • Received the America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017
  • Republican National Committee, Sustaining Member and Co-Chairman, 2001-Present, 2001
  • Sanford's Who's Who, 2010
  •  Receipient of the 2001 National Republican Congressional Committee's Medal of Distinction, 2001
  • Karl F. Pansler has been awarded the "Best Attorney Lifetime Charter Member" by the Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America.  Based on the high level of achievement and professional reputation of certain lawyers, Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America has directly invited these chosen few for Lifetime Charter Membership. The invitation process is extremely selective, as the realm of excellence required by our membership is extraordinary. Membership invitations are periodically sent to attorneys chosen by this institution., 2014

Educational Background:

  • Graduated with Juris Doctorate from Regent University, 1985
  • Graduated summa cum laude from Southeastern University with B.A., 1982
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Office Location for Karl F. Pansler

223 North Florida Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801

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Last Updated: 1/30/2020

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