Christian Petric, a partner in Conroy Simberg's West Palm Beach office, practices in all areas of workers' compensation and has extensive experience with complex workers' compensation litigation such as catastrophic claims, exposure/occupational disease claims and with the heart and lung bill. He has successfully litigated cases in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Brevard and Broward Counties. Christian is certified in Florida as a lecturer in all areas of workers' compensation law and serves as member of Conroy Simberg's Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Christian began working as a law clerk for Conroy Simberg while still in law school. Upon passing the Florida Bar exam, he began working for Conroy Simberg as an attorney. He has dual citizenship as a U.S. and Croatian citizen and he speaks conversational Croatian.
Admitted to Practice:
- University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1999
- University of South Florida, Bachelor of Arts, 1994
- Conroy Simberg, Claims Management Seminar, 2001 - 2018
- "Taking The High Road and Overcoming Ethical Challenges," Presenter, Conroy Simberg Webinar, December 2017
- “The Impact of the Westphal Decision,” Palm Beach County RIMS Conference, 2013
- Various private presentations for clients over the years on topics such as: Permanent Total Disability, The 120 Day Rule, Major Contributing Cause, Case Law Updates, Third Party Lien Resolution/Subrogation, Claims Handling Techniques and Workers' Compensation for Employers
- Christian successfully prevailed at final hearing on a complex total controvert in which the claimant alleged that she was a statutory employee of a real estate developer. Christian successfully argued that the claimant was an independent contractor and that she was not acting as a sub-contractor since the alleged statutory employer or real estate developer did not retain the claimant’s services to fulfill a contract the developer had with a third party.
- Christian successfully prevailed at final hearing on an affirmative “fraud” defense under F.S. 440.09(4), by establishing that the claimant intentionally gave false testimony regarding how an alleged eye injury occurred. Also, through the use of medical testimony, he was able to establish that it was medically implausible for the claimant’s eye condition to have occurred as a result of any work injury.
- Christian successfully prevailed at final hearing on a total controvert in which the claimant alleged that he became a paraplegic after slipping off the bottom rung of a step ladder and falling to the ground. Christian was able to establish that the claimant’s condition was not traumatically induced, but rather was the result of some unknown disease process culminating with the slip from the ladder.