Personal Injury

Since our founding in 1971, Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, has focused exclusively on the representation of personal injury and wrongful death victims in Southwest Florida.

Statewide attorneys advertise here. Many local lawyers accept personal injury cases while also focusing their practice on other areas of law. At Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, our Lee County personal injury lawyers raise our families here and work alongside Bruce L. Scheiner, wife Cheryl Scheiner, and son Preston J. Scheiner, who has spent more than a decade building a reputation as a personal injury and wrongful death trial attorney throughout Florida. We believe our exclusive focus on personal injury and wrongful death litigation in Southwest Florida best serves our clients.

Bordered by Charlotte, Glades, Collier and Hendry counties, Lee County is home to the tourist islands of Sanbiel, Captiva and Fort Myers Beach, as well as several nationally protected areas, including the Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge and the Pine Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Traffic accidents are by far the most common type of claim, as Lee County continues to deal with explosive growth, which has seen the population more than double to 800,000 people in recent years. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports more than 100 people a year are killed in Lee County traffic collisions. Bicycle and pedestrian accidents are of particular concern, as they account for about 25 percent of all traffic deaths.

Personal Injury Claims in Lee County

Other types of Lee County personal injury claims 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

Most lawsuits stemming from traffic crashes will be made as a negligence claim under Florida tort law, as outlined under Florida Statute 768. However, other types of injury claims are often much more complex and may include property laws, vicariously liability, strict liability, or involve specific legal and statutory requirements, as is the case with medical malpractice claims or claims against a city, county or other government entity.

Your Lee County personal injury lawyer must be experienced in each of these areas of law, as well as in proving the full extent of your damages, which could include medical bills, lost wages, property damage, cost of rehabilitation and compensation for pain and suffering or disability. At Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, our exclusive focus on personal injury and wrongful death litigation has allowed us to build relationships with some of the leading legal and medical experts in their field, as well as more than 50 staff members dedicated to securing justice for the injured and their families.

Liability for Personal Injury in Lee County

These cases also frequently involve multiple defendants, such as an at-fault driver and his employer, or a business and property owner. Identifying all responsible parties is critical to obtaining the compensation an injury victim needs and deserves. In cases of serious or fatal injury, a lone defendant may not have the insurance coverage or resources to offer full compensation. And, since abolishing joint and several liability in 2006, each defendant may only be held responsible for a share of total damages. Traditionally, joint and several liability rendered each defendant at fault liable for the entire judgment awarded to plaintiff, regardless of each party’s percentage of fault.

In 2006, Florida tort law was amended to recognize comparative fault in negligence claims under Florida Statute 768.81. The law now reduces plaintiff awards in cases where they are found partially responsible for their own injuries, and holds individual defendants only proportionately accountable, depending on their degree of liability.

Consequently, failure of your Lee County personal injury lawyer to identify all at-fault parties and their associated insurance companies, can significantly reduce your ability to collect damages.

If you or someone you care about has been hurt, contact the Lee County injury lawyers at Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured. You pay us no fees unless we win.

Client Reviews
Bruce L. Scheiner and his team were the most friendly people I've ever met they genuinely cared about me... I highly recommend them Brooke Krause
I was really satisfied with services I received. Bruce is not only an attorney, but like family. He got me three times what I thought I would receive and was always there when I needed an answer on something. I'd say he is the best attorney I have dealt with in my 68 years. Harry Zulauf
I found working with the BLS firm to be a very good experience. They kept me informed on my case, answered all my questions, and were prompt when I needed assistance. Wendy Walker
I was in an accident and BLS was very helpful and gave a lot of support. If I had any questions, it was just a phone call away. Everyone in the office is very nice and helpful. Celeste Thompson
We had a wonderful experience with everyone here. The staff and attorneys were friendly, knowledgeable, and compassionate. They inquired about our injuries and our recovery. I would highly recommend their services! Heather Bair Daniels
I have nothing but good things to say about this law firm. I can honestly say that I am very satisfied with their work and my end results. I would absolutely recommend these set of attorneys to anyone. Thank you guys for all the hard work! Merida McDonald
BLS was incredibly helpful with my case, even during the hard challenging periods of my case Bruce & PJ were always just a call away. Even though they couldn't answer my call at that direct moment, they ALWAYS made a point to call me back. The staff at Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner were always helpful and friendly, if they didn't have the answer they would always call me back with what I needed to know. Robert Drawdy
I was in a car accident and I seen his Advertisement on TV and I was very impressed of how kind and caring he really is to others and I called them and they took my case and they were very caring and understanding .. they were right on top of everything from being to end and the staff that works in the Fort Myers office were very friendly I would recommend them to a friend or family member if in need of a attorney... Thank you for your services and you made me feel like part of your family. Christina Mauro