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Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner Turns $50K Offer Into $557K Verdict

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, are committed to holding insurance companies accountable. The firm recently helped a Cape Coral man obtain a $557,000 verdict in his favor after State Farm proposed a settlement of only $50,000 for injuries and damages caused by an underinsured motorist.

Dennis Lesavich sustained injuries to the connective tissues of his neck and back when the pickup truck he was driving was rear-ended by another pickup in February 2015 on McGregor Boulevard in south Fort Myers. Doctors put Lesavich on a nearly yearlong travel restriction after the crash, limiting his ability to do his job as a traveling salesman.

“This was an appropriate verdict because Dennis suffered injuries that substantially impacted his life,” trial attorney P.J. Scheiner said.

Lesavich worked for a company that supplied breading for fried chicken sold at restaurants and grocery stores across the country. He was unable to continue in that job after the crash.

“After a period of time, Dennis found other work, but it just wasn’t the same,” Scheiner said. “When you have a job that you love and you’re good at, the work is worth more than just the paycheck.”

Attorney Ben Russell and the Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner team worked for more than three years to secure the proper restitution for Lesavich, who now lives in Kentucky. When State Farm made its $50,000 offer in December 2017, the attorneys took the case to trial. Scheiner believes the outcome could have a positive effect not just for Lesavich but for countless others whose lives are significantly altered because of an injury.

“When you hold the insurance company accountable, it encourages them to more fairly and appropriately evaluate future cases,” Scheiner said.

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, was founded in 1971 by Bruce L. Scheiner and his wife, Cheryl Scheiner. Both continue to work alongside their son, P.J. Scheiner, who joined the firm as a trial attorney in 2007.

Today, Bruce and P.J. work side by side in the negotiating room and the courtroom, where they fight to secure full and fair restitution for each and every client they have the privilege of representing. Bruce Scheiner still hand selects each case the firm accepts, personally assembles the team best able to see the case through to settlement or trial, and oversees every case from intake to resolution.

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, has the knowledge, experience and resources to handle all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims for clients across the state of Florida, including trucking accidents, boating accidents, airplane accidents, nursing home neglect and abuse, construction accidents, defective product claims, premise liability claims and injuries to children.

Call 1-800-283-2900 or visit www.blslawyers.com.

Every case is unique, and the results in one case do not indicate the quality, value or potential outcome of any other case.

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