At Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, we have focused on the rights of accident victims in Fort Myers since 1971. Founding attorney Bruce L. Scheiner built the firm’s current headquarters near Page Field, which was located at the “edge of town.”
Bruce can still be found at the office, along with wife, Cheryl Scheiner, and son Preston J. Scheiner, who is the firm’s personal injury trial attorney. Our veteran Fort Myers personal injury lawyers have grown right along with the City of Palms. In 1970, Fort Myers’ population had yet to hit 30,000 people, today, more than 80,000 call the city home, with even larger communities located across the Caloosahatchee River in Cape Coral, and east of Interstate 75 in Lehigh Acres.
Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva continue to draw thousands of tourists each winter. Snowbirds and seasonal residents continue to migrate from the Midwest in record numbers. New spring training facilities have been built for the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins, and the Edison and Ford Winter Estates has experienced a decade-long revitalization and expansion effort.
With such growth have come many risks.Traffic Accident Injury in Southwest Florida
Today, residents of Southwest Florida face some of the highest traffic-accident risks in the nation for virtually all types of collision.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ranks the Sunshine State the deadliest state in the nation for pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents and motorcycle accidents. Florida joins Texas and California in reporting the highest number of fatal car accidents, drunk driving accidents and trucking accidents each year.
Urban planning in Southwest Florida has too often run behind the growing crowd, and infrastructure improvements have too often focused on moving six and eight lanes of traffic at the expense of other road users. Consequently, bicycle and pedestrian accidents have been a primary threat for a host of reasons, including inadequate infrastructure and community planning that includes sidewalks, streetlights and dedicated bike lanes.
In fact, Smart Growth America’s 2016 landmark study on the impact of inadequate infrastructure on urban pedestrian safety found the Fort Myers-Cape Coral area to be the most dangerous in the nation for walkers. The nation’s seven most-dangerous cities were all located in Florida. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton ranked 10th.Fort Myers Personal Injury Claims
We believe the exclusive focus of our Fort Myers personal injury lawyers allows Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, to best represent families dealing with personal injury or wrongful death claims in Southwest Florida. Decades of experience and our working relationships with outside legal and medical experts allow us to build comprehensive damage claims backed by our reputation for courtroom advocacy.
Other types of common injury claims in Fort Myers include:
- Premises liability
- Construction accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Boating accidents
- Dog bites
- Defective products
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
- Medical malpractice
- Sexual assault or abuse claims
- Swimming pool/drowning
Among the primary focuses of your Fort Myers personal injury lawyer will be determining what type of claim to file, while identifying all at-fault parties and their associated insurance companies. A car accident may justify a negligence claim against an at-fault driver. However, if that driver was working at the time, a claim may also be made against his or her employer. If the collision occurred in a parking lot, a premises liability claim may be warranted against a business or property owner. You may even file a claim for damages against your own uninsured/underinsured motorist carrier in many instances.
Florida tort law recognizes comparative fault in negligence claims under Florida Statute 768.81, which means even victims found partially at fault may still have a valid claim against one or more at-fault parties. Early consultation with an experienced Fort Myers personal injury law firm can best determine your legal rights.
If you or someone you care about has been hurt, contact the Fort Myers truck accident lawyers at Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured. You pay us no fees unless we win.