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Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyers

You may be entitled to compensation if another person’s negligence has hurt you. Our Fort Myers personal injury attorneys can help you pursue maximum compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and suffering. For over 40 years, our law firm has fought to protect the rights of accident victims and families in Fort Myers and throughout Southwest Florida. Our results speak volumes. Let us go to work for you.

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If another person’s carelessness has injured you, enlist the help of our award-winning Fort Myers personal injury lawyers. Contact us today for a free consultation and put our legal team in your corner.

Why You Should Choose Farah & Farah After an Accident in Fort Myers, Florida

We’ve been helping Florida families with personal injury cases stand up to large insurance companies since 1979 and hold a consistent record of winning hundreds of thousands to millions in settlements and verdicts. Our results are no accident. We win through caring, understanding, and hard work. 

The last thing you need while you’re trying to recover from an accident is a protracted battle with an insurance company that will sink to any level to avoid paying the compensation you deserve. Insurance adjusters may blame you for the accident, stall your claim, and even accuse you of faking or exaggerating your injuries. 

Everything changes when you choose our experienced personal injury lawyers in Fort Myers. You will get a team of real advocates who genuinely care about you and your well-being. We will treat you like family and work hard to help you through this. You will never have to wonder what is happening with your case because we will stay in close contact with you. 

Our Fort Myers personal injury attorneys collaborate as a team to pursue the highest compensation available. We have found that combining our experience, strengths, and resources is the most effective approach to getting our clients the best results. This is what matters to us the most. 

We provide all of this with no upfront cost to you. If we don’t win, you don’t pay. We represent clients in Fort Myers and throughout Southwest Florida, including Naples, Cape Coral, and Port Charlotte. Contact us today at (239) 558-0750 to schedule a free consultation with a Fort Myers personal injury attorney. 

We Demonstrate How Much We Care About People Through Community Involvement 

We are active members of the communities where we live and work and take pride in giving back through giving and volunteerism. As personal injury lawyers, we take continual inspiration from the courage and strength of our clients, who often must deal with permanent disabilities because of someone else’s carelessness.  

Thus, we proudly support the Center for Independent Living, a nonprofit organization that provides training and employment opportunities to Floridians with disabilities. The Center for Independent Living of the Gulf Coast is located on Cypress Terrace in Fort Myers. 

Our Florida personal injury lawyers in Fort Myers also support such worthy Lee County organizations as the following in Lee County:   

  • The Lee County Legal Aid Society 
  • The Lee County Bar Association 
  • Relay for Life 
  • Meals on Wheels 
What Our Fort Myers Clients Say 

We are always moved by our clients’ heartfelt reviews, demonstrating they know how much we care:

“From day one, my attorney, Lori Wegner, and her team knew what to do after my motor vehicle accident. I was never left wondering what my next move was. They helped me so much, and I would highly recommend Farah & Farah! They understood when I was in so much pain. I was guided and kept informed every step of the way…I was never a bother! Lori and her team were very responsive! Thank you all for being so awesome!” – Donna H.

“I was hit by a car while riding my bicycle. The person who hit me only had the minimum required insurance, and the hospital bill was way over his coverage. I was sure that I was going to end up owing money for medical bills. Brian Morrison represented me and worked hard on my case. Not only did he manage to get my medical expenses taken care of, but he was able to get me some compensation, which I was very satisfied with. This was the most positive experience that I had ever had with any attorney or law firm.” – Carlos G.

“My job treated me wrong when I injured myself at work. My lawyer Whitney Byrd fought very hard and didn’t let the lawyers representing my job get away with what they did to me. My lawyer and her assistant explained the whole process because I’d never been through this before. They answered every question and answered all my calls, which made me feel good because it showed me that I had a lawyer who cared.” – Lawanza S.

Settlements and Verdicts

With more than $2 billion in wins for our clients, we know what it takes to hold insurance companies and others responsible for negligence. We are committed to working hard to put the maximum compensation in your pocket.  

Below are a few examples of our outstanding case results: 

  • $5 million recovery for a brain injury caused by emergency room malpractice 
  • $5 million wrongful death recovery for a motorcycle accident 
  • $3.3 million verdict for injuries sustained in a boating accident 
  • $2.5 million verdict for a young woman’s neck injuries from a car accident 
  • $2 million verdict for injuries from a tractor-trailer rear-end accident 
  • $1.7 million recovery for a man struck by a falling 20,000-pound sign 
  • $1.5 million wrongful death recovery for a workplace accident 
  • $1.3 million workers’ compensation recovery for a worker with RSD 
  • $1 million federal tort claim recovery for a woman struck by a postal truck 
  • $750,000 settlement for a Fort Myers resident hit by a tow truck 
  • $450,000 verdict for nursing home neglect resulting in bedsores

Our Fort Myers Personal Injury Practice Areas

Our personal injury attorneys in Fort Myers have the skills, experience, and resources to handle nearly any type of personal injury claim. If someone else’s carelessness has injured you, we’ll be here for you and here for good. 

Car Accidents 

Lee County had the highest number of traffic fatalities of all Southwestern Florida counties in 2022—more than double those of Sarasota County, which is in second place. In fact, 2022 was Lee County’s second-deadliest year for traffic fatalities, with 136 total fatalities.  

These statistics aren’t surprising, considering GPS manufacturer TomTom ranked the Fort Myers-Cape Coral metropolitan area as the thirteenth most congested in the United States. The area also has the longest commute in the state, meaning more cars are on the roads in Fort Myers at any given time, increasing the opportunity for accidents. 

Law enforcement cites aggressive driving, impaired driving, distracted driving, and impatience as the most common causes of accidents. Careless driving may lead to the following dangerous mistakes, which can have deadly consequences: 

  • Failure to yield 
  • Improper lane changes 
  • Following too closely 
  • Speeding 
  • Disobedience to traffic controls 

If a careless driver has harmed you or your loved one, our seasoned car accident lawyers in Fort Myers can help. Contact us today for a free case review. 

Truck Accidents 

All car accidents can cause serious harm, but accidents involving large commercial trucks have the highest potential for catastrophic injuries due to the significant size and weight differences between big trucks and passenger vehicles. A semi can weigh 80,000 pounds, while the average car weighs around 4,000 pounds. Being hit by a semi is like being hit by 20 cars simultaneously. 

Big truck traffic in Fort Myers has grown dramatically due to our growing population and the increase in online shopping over the past decade. In 2022, 425 people in Lee County were injured in truck accidents, and six were killed.  

Call our Fort Myers truck accident lawyers today at (239) 558-0750 for a free consultation if you or your loved one was harmed in a big truck accident in Southwest Florida. 

Motorcycle Accidents 

Motorcycle riders are more likely to be involved in accidents than other vehicles because drivers often fail to watch for them. Drivers who fail to notice motorcycles may pull out in front of them, merge into them, or collide with them. Riders face a heightened risk of catastrophic injuries and death in traffic accidents. 

As of January 2022, there were 24,327 registered motorcycles in Lee County. That year, 333 motorcycle crashes occurred, resulting in 265 people injured and 31 killed.  

Slip and Fall Accidents 

Slip and fall accidents fall under premises liability because the owner of the premises may be liable when negligence contributed to the fall. Slips and falls may occur as a result of the following: 

  • Wet floors 
  • Trip hazards 
  • Poorly maintained stairs and steps 
  • Unmaintained entrances and exits 
  • Uneven pavement 
  • Neglected parking lots 
  • Inadequate lighting 

Slips and falls can happen to anyone at any age, whether you are enjoying the sales at the Edison Mall, grocery shopping at Publix, or visiting one of our area’s many attractions. However, older adults have the highest risk of falling. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for adults over 65. 

According to the CDC, 24.4 percent of Florida’s older adults fell in 2020, amounting to 1,028,468 people. In 2021, 3,816 older adults died from falls. The total cost of slips and falls in older adults in Florida in 2014 was $3.935 billion. With our growing senior population, this number is likely higher today. 

Property owners have a legal duty to ensure their premises are safe. If you or your loved one has been harmed by a fall, contact our Fort Myers slip and fall lawyers today for a free case review. 

Workers’ Compensation 

If you were injured on the job in Fort Myers, you may be entitled to receive free medical care and weekly wage replacement benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance program that most Florida employers must purchase to ensure injured workers receive medical care and lost wages. 

Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies make this process difficult for injured workers. If you’ve been injured at work, you shouldn’t have to fight for the benefits you are entitled to receive. Our Fort Myers workers’ compensation attorneys can help you file your claim, appeal a denial, or fight for higher benefits when you are offered less than you deserve.  

Medical Malpractice 

Hospitals and other health care providers in Southwest Florida are among our region’s largest employers, and powerful insurance companies and organizations back them. When a health care provider lets you down and causes you harm, you have a right to pursue compensation.  

However, these wealthy corporations can go to great lengths to shield negligent health care providers. As a result, medical malpractice claims are complex claims. They should only be handled by a law firm with deep medical malpractice experience and the financial resources to fight these companies.  

Although our Fort Myers personal injury law firm is a small office with a family-like feel, it is part of our larger law firm, which has the resources to successfully stand up to large corporations. Our medical malpractice attorneys in Fort Myers have full access to all our resources and the experience to win. 

Social Security Disability 

A personal injury lawsuit is only one way our Fort Myers personal injury lawyers recover compensation for our injured clients. If your injuries have left you with a disability expected to last a year or longer, you may qualify for Social Security Disability, a tax-free monthly benefit for people with conditions that prevent them from working. 

The application process is so complicated that new applications are routinely rejected. In 2019, approximately 71 percent of new applications were denied. While Social Security offers an appeal process, the denial rates on appeals are even higher. 

Most rejected applications are not denied for lack of merit but for technical reasons. These technicalities are often minor application errors, which anyone unfamiliar with Social Security Disability can easily make. 

Whether or not you are one of our accident clients, we can help you get approved for Social Security Disability the first time you apply. We know the Social Security system inside and out and how to meet the standards for approval. If you were already denied, it’s not too late. Call our skilled Fort Myers Social Security Disability lawyers today at (239) 558-0750 for a free consultation.

Take Time To Recover — We’ll Handle Your Personal Injury Case from Start To Finish

When you choose Farah & Farah, our top-rated personal injury attorneys in Fort Myers will be ready to tackle every aspect of your case. Your fight for compensation will be backed by our substantial resources, in-depth knowledge of Florida personal injury law, and collaborative, group-driven processes designed to yield top results.  

You can count on us to do the following, among other things:  

  • Investigate your personal injury case to determine the cause of your injury and pinpoint liability 
  • Gather and analyze critical pieces of evidence 
  • Track down and interview witnesses to your accident 
  • Consult with experts and specialists to provide insight into your case  
  • Anticipate strategies and tactics the defendant might employ to limit your financial payout 
  • Utilize tried-and-true negotiation strategies to leverage a maximum settlement offer for you and your family 

We’ll protect your rights and help you make important case-related decisions. When you receive a settlement offer, our team will review the pros and cons, offer advice, and determine the best strategy for your case. If you’re lowballed, our accomplished trial attorneys will be ready to advocate for you in court.  

Let us handle your fight for compensation so you can focus your energy on recovering and finding a path forward.

What Types of Damages Can I Get in a Fort Myers Personal Injury Claim?

When you’ve been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and other losses. Our Fort Myers personal injury attorneys can help you pursue economic, non-economic, and sometimes punitive damages. Contact us now for a free case review. 

Economic Damages 

Economic damages are compensation for your monetary losses and may include medical expenses, property damage, care attendant costs, and lost wages. You must be able to prove the damages through documentation such as medical bills, pay stubs, and invoices. We will help you gather this evidence to ensure every penny is accounted for. 

When proving medical expenses in Florida, the defendants have a right to produce evidence of the amount you and your health insurance actually paid. The amount health insurance companies pay is typically lower than the billed amount due to agreements with health care providers. This could impact your compensation. 

However, medical expenses aren’t limited to the amounts you’ve paid in the past. If your injuries will cause you to need ongoing medical care, we can help you project your lifetime medical costs and pursue this amount. This principle also applies to lost wages. If you cannot earn the amount you previously earned through employment, we can help you recover your lifetime lost wages. 

Non-Economic Damages 

Non-economic damages are compensation for intangible losses related to your quality of life. Often referred to as pain and suffering, these damages may include the following: 

  • Physical pain 
  • Emotional distress 
  • Loss of enjoyment of life 
  • Scarring 
  • Disfigurement 
  • Loss of bodily functions 
  • Disability 

Non-economic damages are not available for workers’ compensation claims. However, this doesn’t mean you cannot recover non-economic damages for workplace injuries.  

While the workers’ compensation laws prohibit lawsuits against covered employers, our resourceful personal injury lawyers in Fort Myers will look for other parties who may be responsible for your injuries, such as manufacturers of defective safety equipment, negligent contractors, and property owners. 

Punitive Damages 

Punitive damages are unlike other damages because they compensate victims for their losses. Instead, they are awarded to punish the defendant and deter future misconduct. To qualify for punitive damages in Florida, you must provide clear and convincing evidence of willful misconduct or gross negligence. 

For example, punitive damages may be awarded against drunk drivers, aggressive drivers, or doctors whose medical malpractice was intentional. 

Punitive damages are hard to win and are only available in limited cases. Florida limits the amount you can recover in punitive damages to $500,000 or three times your compensatory damages, whichever is greater.  We are committed to helping you recover the highest compensation available and will aggressively pursue punitive damages when warranted. 

Wrongful Death Damages 

When someone else’s carelessness costs you the life of your beloved family member, you may be able to pursue financial damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. Workers’ compensation also provides death benefits to the families of workers killed on the job. 

Our Florida wrongful death lawyers in Fort Myers can help you recover damages for your family’s financial and emotional losses, including the following: 

  • Your loved one’s medical expenses 
  • Your loved one’s funeral and burial costs 
  • Your loved one’s pain and suffering 
  • Loss of love and affection 
  • Loss of parental guidance 
  • Loss of support, advice, or counsel 
  • The lost wages your loved one would likely have earned had they lived 
  • Punitive damages when applicable 

You deserve justice for your loss. Our compassionate personal injury lawyers in Fort Myers are ready to help you through this difficult time and fight for the compensation your family deserves.

Understanding Liability for Injuries and Wrongful Deaths in Fort Myers, Florida

When you suffer injuries or lose a close family member because of another person’s negligent or wrongful actions, you may reserve the right to file a civil legal claim for damages. While a personal injury claim can be based on several theories of liability, most are based on negligence. 

Proving Negligence 

You must prove that another person’s carelessness caused you to get hurt. Specifically, you must establish the following:  

  • Another person owed you a duty of care, such as to obey local traffic laws 
  • That person breached their duty of care through some unreasonable or unlawful action, such as speeding 
  • You’ve suffered injuries as a direct and proximate cause of their actions 

You can win your personal injury claim if you prove these elements and show you’ve suffered damages. You’ll need to have facts on your side and evidence to back up your case. Depending on your case, helpful evidence might include the following:  

  • Medical records  
  • Accident reports  
  • Vehicle maintenance records  
  • Hiring records  
  • Toxicology reports  
  • Expert testimony  
  • Witness testimony  
  • Photographs  
  • Video recordings  
  • Damage to physical property 
Can I Recover Compensation if I’m Partly at Fault for the Accident? 

When you share fault for an accident in Florida, it may affect your ability to recover compensation. Under Florida’s modified comparative negligence system:  

  • You cannot recover compensation if you are more than 50 percent at fault for an accident.  
  • If you are 50 percent or less at fault, you can recover compensation, but the damages are reduced in proportion to your fault. 

For example, sharing 10 percent of the blame for an accident in Fort Myers will cause a 10 percent reduction in compensation for damages.  

Whether or not you contributed to an accident, working with an experienced injury attorney is important. Insurance companies and liable parties may try to shift the blame to you, hoping to limit their liability for your injuries.  

Our experienced Fort Myers personal injury attorneys are familiar with these tactics and understand the best approaches to minimize their effectiveness and shift blame to where it belongs.

What’s the Statute of Limitations for Florida Personal Injury Cases?

Florida has a two-year statute of limitations for most personal injury lawsuits. This gives you a maximum of two years from the date of your accident or loved one’s wrongful death to take legal action.  

While two years may seem like plenty of time, you shouldn’t wait to contact a competent personal injury lawyer in Fort Myers. Your attorneys will need access to important evidence shortly after your accident before it degrades or disappears. Investigating your accident, reviewing your medical records, and calculating your damages will also take time. All of this must be done before filing your case.  

If your case is not filed before the statute of limitations expires, you will lose the opportunity to recover compensation.

Call Our Trusted Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyers for Help Today

If you’ve been hurt in an accident due to another’s carelessness, you can count on us to be there when you need us most. Call our experienced Fort Myers personal injury attorneys today at (239) 558-0750 for a free consultation.

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