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Business Observer Monday, May 14, 2018 4 months ago

Law firm secures $557,000 award for injured client

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Verdict value more than 10 times offer from insurance company.

FORT MYERS — The law firm Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner recently helped a former Cape Coral resident win a verdict in the amount of $557,000 after State Farm Insurance proposed a settlement of $50,000 for injuries and damages caused by an underinsured driver.

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, according to a statement. Because of his injuries, doctors placed Lesavich on a nearly year-long travel restriction after the crash, limiting his ability to work his job as a traveling salesman.

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

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, his attorneys contended. 

Attorney Ben Russell and the Scheiner team worked for more than three years on the case for Lesavich, who now lives in Kentucky. After State Farm made its $50,000 offer in December 2017, the attorneys took the case to trial.

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner has offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples and Port Charlotte.

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