Law firm wins nearly $1 million verdict for accident victim

Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner of Fort Myers worked three years after initial settlement offers of $65,000.
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Sep. 10, 2018

FORT MYERS — Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, recently won a Clewiston woman and her husband a $900,130 verdict after her insurance company, Geico, proposed a settlement of $15,000 for injuries and damages caused by an underinsured motorist.

Kari Maynor sustained serious shoulder, wrist, neck and back injuries on Oct. 2, 2014, when the driver of an SUV pulled out in front of her and crashed into the mid-size car she was driving east on Sugarland Highway in Clewiston. The wreck led to permanent injuries, surgeries, repeated therapies and the loss of one of her jobs.

“The compensation should equal the loss,” says trial attorney P.J. Scheiner in a statement. “This wreck had a profound effect on Kari’s life, and the verdict reflects that.”

Because of injuries sustained in the crash, Maynor was unable to perform at the same level in her primary occupation as the owner of Maynor Lawn Care. She was the sole provider for her family because her husband is disabled.

“Kari was under a lot of pressure to perform,” Scheiner says. “It’s hard enough to run a family lawn care business. The stress on Kari to run the business and support her family while struggling through serious physical injuries caused by the carelessness of someone else was really overwhelming.”

Maynor sought compensation through the underinsured motorist provision in her policy with Geico after the insurance company of the driver who caused the crash made an offer of $50,000 — a figure Maynor knew would be insufficient to cover her lifetime treatment costs. Scheiner and attorney Ben Russell worked for more than three years following the $15,000 offer from Geico.