Law Firm of Viles & Beckman, LLC

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Law Firm of Viles & Beckman, LLC

Viles & Beckman, LLC is a personal injury law firm in Fort Myers, Florida, but what really sets us apart is that when you become a client, you become family.

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This lawyer is licensed to practice in Florida and has no record of discipline from the Florida bar association. *

Law Firm of Viles & Beckman, LLC

Law Firm of Viles & Beckman, LLC

check_circle Open for Business
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Viles & Beckman, LLC is a personal injury law firm in Fort Myers, Florida, but what really sets us apart is that when you become a client, you become family.

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This lawyer is licensed to practice in Florida and has no record of discipline from the Florida bar association. *

Firm Overview

Imagine how hard your mother would fight for you if she were a lawyer. That's exactly what you get when you hire Viles & Beckman, LLC to handle your personal injury claim. The second you become a client, you also become family. Most of our staff have been in the clients' shoes, battling insurance companies for injuries and pain, and suffering as a result of another person's negligence. We know how you feel, and because of that, we do everything we can to make sure you can focus on the primary thing - getting better, while we take care of the rest.

Viles & Beckman, LLC is a personal injury law firm located in Fort Myers, Florida, serving Southwest Florida and the entire State of Florida. We handle car accidents, slip and falls, personal injury, premises liability, defective products, wrongful death, and more.

Expert Personal Injury Attorneys That Fight for You
The attorneys of Viles & Beckman pride themselves on delivering some of the highest level legal representation across Lee County and Florida. Our attorneys have a long track record of successful cases not only because we work hard but because we work for you. When it comes to hiring a personal injury attorney, you may be concerned with exactly how much such expert assistance is going to cost you which is completely justifiable. Viles & Beckman’s compensation comes from a contingency fee which means that a portion of the settlement they negotiate will be their pay. This means that the settlement you are pursuing is not just at stake for you but also for Viles and Beckman so that you can be assured that the full extent of effort and attention available will be given.

If you've been in an accident of any sort, give us a call at 239-334-3933 for your free case evaluation. It would be an hour to serve you!

Main Office

Viles & Beckman LLC
6350 Presidential Court
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Phone

(239) 334-3933

Fax

(239) 334-7105

Fees
Free Initial Consultation?

Yes

Office Information
Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Weekends by Appt

Office Manager

Kayla Grayson

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Auto Accident

Experienced Fort Myers Car Accident Attorneys Don’t Deal With the Insurance Company Alone. Call Viles & Beckman Today!

Automobile accidents happen in the blink of an eye. They are incredibly disruptive to one’s life, emotionally traumatic, and often cause accident victims significant pain. Some car accidents are serious enough to cause devastating injuries, long-term pain and suffering, and even wrongful death. Regardless, almost every Fort Myers car accident causes some degree of economic hardship or personal distress.

At Viles & Beckman, LLC, our Fort Myers car accident lawyers understand how frustrating and difficult any car crash experience can be. We have helped countless car accident victims in Fort Myers and throughout Southwest Florida during our more than 40 cumulative years in the practice of law.

Some car accidents result in severe, catastrophic, and fatal injuries. If you have suffered injuries in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence, Florida law entitles you to seek compensation for damages related to your injury in civil court. You shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial burden which often accompanies severe accident injuries when another person’s careless decisions behind the wheel caused an accident.

The skilled Fort Myers car accident attorneys at Viles & Beckman have experience dealing with insurance companies, investigating accidents, and helping clients recover damages for their injuries. Let a qualified attorney handle the details of your case.

Contact Viles & Beckman at (239) 494-6709 for a free consultation to discuss the details of your car accident.

Advocating for Those Injured in Car Crashes Since 1995
The legal team at Viles & Beckman has more than 40 years of experience helping injured clients recover the compensation they deserve for losses related to car accidents and injuries caused by negligent parties. The firm’s continued dedication in advocating for their clients has led to the recovery of millions of dollars from negotiated settlements and court-awarded damages. It’s impossible to guarantee results because each case has distinctive characteristics, but our team will advocate for you, and do our best to build a strong case against liable parties to obtain the best outcome for your individual situation.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury or Slip and Fall? We've got you covered!

Millions of Floridians and visitors to our great state walk into stores, restaurants, malls, and theme parks every day. And each day, some of these Floridians and visitors sustain injuries during their visits to one of these places in Fort Myers. Whether they slip and fall on slippery floors or they trip over an object that should never have been in the walkway, people are injured every day in Fort Myers.

If you or a loved one has been injured while visiting any property, you could receive compensation for your injuries from the property owner. Florida law requires the property owner to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition. This includes keeping walkways clear of debris, cleaning up spills, and providing security to keep visitors safe. When you enter a mall, a theme park, or a restaurant, you expect the property to be ready for you to enter.

If it’s not safe and you are injured, the property owner has failed to keep the property safe for your visit and they owe you compensation. No sum of money will negate your injury and your suffering. But it will help to cover your expenses, and that is important.

If you or a loved one has been injured while visiting a property, you deserve an aggressive and skilled premises liability lawyer in Fort Myers to stand by your side and guide you through the complex claims process.

Premises Liability Keeps You Safe
In Florida, property owners are legally bound to keep you safe. This means that they must take action to rectify a problem on their property within a reasonable time or make you aware of the problem. During Florida’s rainy season, we’ve all experienced wet floors as we enter a store. That property owner is required to do what they can to keep the floor dry by using floor mats or fans and they are required to let you know there is a potentially dangerous situation by putting up a “wet floor” sign.

When property owners fail to take action, a court can hold them liable for any injuries caused by their failure to act. In the example above, if a store does not put out a caution sign or put out mats to help soak up some of the water, and someone falls and is injured, the property owner may be liable for the injuries and forced to pay for the medical expenses of the injured person.

Common Types of Accidents
Wet floors are just one of many types of accidents that fall under premises liability. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, about eight million people visit the emergency room each year because of a fall. Other examples include:

Tripping over spilled food at a restaurant
Tripping on uneven flooring or pavement
Animal attacks
Falling from a height
Electrocution and shock
Violent crimes
The last one often confuses clients. Yes, property owners are required to keep you safe from assault, battery, burglary, robbery, muggings, and other violent crimes. Landlords and property owners have a duty to keep their property secure to protect you from crimes. When a property owner is aware of possible unsafe conditions due to past crime or a location in a dangerous neighborhood, they must take proactive action to protect you on their property.

When they don’t, you can hold them liable when you’re injured on their property. This list above is not exhaustive.

There are many reasons why a property owner may face liability for your injuries. To find out if your injury falls under a premises liability claim in Florida, contact Viles & Beckman today.

Wrongful Death

You Don’t Have to Pursue Recovery Alone. Call Our Fort Myers Wrongful Death Attorneys Now

Wrongful Death Is a Civil Action
Families who have been devastated by the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one due to the negligence of another person have legal recourse in the form of civil litigation. With the help of a personal injury wrongful death attorney, certain family members can file suit against the person, company, or entity responsible for the accident or injury.

The Reasons to Pursue Wrongful Death Litigation
A personal injury lawyer advocates for financial compensation on behalf of the surviving spouse, minor children, or parents. There is nothing that a Florida wrongful death lawyer can do to change the fact that a family must now face the future without the love and support of a loved one. No amount of money will ever be able to replace a future that is now irrevocably altered. Instead of planning their next family function together, the survivors are faced with planning a funeral.

The decision to initiate a wrongful death claim is a difficult one, and grief can take a heavy toll. When death comes without forewarning, the sudden impact of the traumatic event can create unexpected complex feelings of anger, guilt, depression, and hopelessness. The grief process that follows a violent and preventable accident is very different from dealing with an expected or anticipated death.

The legal process associated with a wrongful death lawsuit is complicated, and the road to recovery is not easy. That being said, a wrongful death lawsuit can:

Restore a sense of purpose and organization to a family unit
Provide necessary resources to allow for a sense of financial security
Provide a modicum of closure
Pursue justice for the loss of a life
Expose the defendant’s negligence and help prevent future wrongful death cases
Six Common Causes of Wrongful Deaths
Automobile and truck accidents rank high on the list of reasons for wrongful death lawsuits. An annual statistical report of traffic fatalities from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that an estimated 37,461 people recently died in motor vehicle traffic crashes, with 3,174 of them in Florida. Fort Myers is not immune to the types of tragedy on our roadways and in our community that can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.

In November 2018, WINK reported that a 20-year-old motorcyclist was cut off by a car on Pondella Road in Fort Myers. The driver of the car failed to observe a yield sign when turning left at a green light and pulled out in front of the cycle. According to Florida Highway Patrol, The motorcyclist, who was traveling faster than the speed limit, was pronounced dead at the scene.

In August 2018, a 23-year-old Fort Myers man was killed, and another critically injured, when a pickup failed to stop at a stoplight and crashed into the car they were in, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.

Bicycle accidents – Bicyclists enjoy the same rights and have the same responsibilities as motorists when sharing our roadways. Due to the lack of protection, cyclists are particularly vulnerable when involved in an accident with a bike and a car.

According to the Fort Myers News-Press, on February 20, 2019, a bicyclist riding along a sidewalk on Bonita Beach Road was killed when he was hit by a vehicle that veered off the roadway following a crash.

Medical malpractice – Medical errors are among the leading causes of death in our country today. In a recent survey conducted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 21 percent of participants reported having personally experienced a medical error.

In August 2018, the Bradenton Herald reported that the family of a 49-year-old registered nurse who committed suicide while a patient filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Centerstone of Florida in Bradenton. The deceased was on suicide watch and should have been checked on every 15 minutes, but had not been checked on in about nine hours on the night he killed himself.

Product liability – Defective products are a common cause of a wide range of injuries. Hazardous materials and chemicals used in manufacturing processes can cause burns, respiratory issues, and severe allergic reactions. When products are not assembled according to specifications, or when designs are flawed, consumers face the risk of sustaining fractures, lacerations, catastrophic injury, and, in the worst-case scenario, death.

As reported by the Insurance Journal in March 2019, a 2016 Tesla Model S caught fire and burned the 48-year-old driver beyond recognition.

Construction site accidents. The construction industry poses a high-risk work environment that can be extremely dangerous, not only for workers onsite, but also for pedestrians in the area.

In March 2018, a pedestrian bridge under construction on Florida International University’s (FIU) campus collapsed, killing six and injuring several others. Design flaws may have contributed to the accident.

Wrongful Death in a Nursing Home
The wrongful death of a loved one in a nursing home or personal care facility is preventable, compensable, and wrong on every level. This is a highly regulated industry on both federal and state levels. Administrators are required to adhere to strict hiring procedures, employees must pass both personal and professional background checks, and employees must complete very specific educational requirements. The acceptable standards of care leave no room for interpretation, and anyone performing patient care is held to a high standard of competence.

As is to be expected, residents of nursing homes die of natural causes, but when healthcare workers make mistakes, someone dies before his or her time, and this is a wrongful death.

Who Is Considered a Survivor
In Florida, a deceased individual’s spouse, children, parents, or any blood relative or adoptive sibling dependent on the deceased for either support or services may file a wrongful death claim.

Florida law defines survivors as spouses, children, and parents of the deceased. In addition, any blood relative or adoptive sibling can be considered a survivor if they are at least partially financially dependent on the deceased for support. In some cases, the amount of financial recovery can be significant. Consider the following:

Each eligible survivor may seek monetary compensation for the projected value of lost support and services from the date of the deceased’s death to the date of the survivor’s death.
The surviving spouse can recover the value of any lost services and loss of economic support, especially if the deceased was the primary wage earner.
The spouse can also ask for compensation for loss of companionship and protection, as well as for pain and suffering.
Children under the age of 25, and all children if there is no surviving spouse, under the law may recover for loss of parental companionship, instruction, guidance, and mental pain and suffering.
Each parent of a deceased minor child may recover financially for mental pain and suffering.
Medical and funeral expenses directly related to the decedent’s injury can be recovered by the survivor who paid them.
All of the personal injury attorneys at Viles & Beckman—Marcus Viles, Michael Beckman, and Maria Alaimo—understand the time immediately following the death of a child, spouse, or parent is stressful and wrought with confusion. If you have unanswered questions about your rights and your recovery, we are here to help, and we take our responsibilities seriously.

What Should You Consider When Projecting the Value of Lost Support and Services
Although most wrongful death cases will settle without ever having to go before a jury, when determining the projected value of financial compensation, at Viles & Beckman, our planning strategies cover all the bases. We leverage our combined backgrounds and experience to develop a case strong enough to tip the scales in our favor during settlement negotiations, and compelling enough to convince a judge and jury that this grievous loss deserves maximum financial consideration.

Every case is unique, and every individual’s future needs should be carefully analyzed and taken into consideration. In projecting the value of lost support and services in a wrongful death accident case, it all matters, and it all makes a difference. Among other things, we consider the following:

The current age and projected life expectancy of all qualifying survivors
The number of years until all minor children become adults
The estimated life expectancy of the decedent
The projected lifetime earning potential of the decedent
The possibility of any future increased needs of any dependents
The probability the decedent would have financially helped any of the survivors based on previous contributions
The Ties That Bind
Relationships matter. When placing a value on survivor’s potential financial compensation, in the court of public opinion as well as in a Florida courtroom, the relationship a survivor had with the deceased most definitely will be taken into consideration by a jury and especially by the insurance adjusters investigating the case. Things such as past infidelity, previous separations, divorce proceedings, and family discord can make a significant difference in the total amount of money awarded. We advise potential clients to be completely forthcoming about relationship problems. There may be mitigating circumstances that can prevent perception from becoming reality in the eyes of a judge and jury.

Do Not Make the Insurance Adjuster’s Job Easier
When a substantial payout is possible, in all probability, the claims adjuster for the defendant will contact the surviving spouse, parent, or child. Families are under no obligation to take telephone calls, answer emails or texts, or give a recorded statement to anyone, except the deceased’s personal life insurance company.

Every detail, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, the insurance company can glean out a conversation with a survivor can and will be used to undermine and devalue a case. Although survivors all have individual rights to recovery, this is the time to stand strong and stand together; field any and all contact with the defendant’s insurance company to a Florida wrongful death attorney.

Don’t Forfeit Your Right to Recover
Time may seem to be standing still during the grieving period, but from a legal standpoint, with few exceptions, the statute of limitations for a Florida wrongful death action is two years from the date of death. This time period may change, though, depending on the specific circumstances of your case, so you should contact an experienced attorney immediately.

Law Firm of Viles & Beckman, LLC
Michael Beckman

Attorney Michael Beckman is one of the partners at Viles & Beckman, LLC and his passion for justice sets the highest standard for our entire team. With more than 20 years of experience to his credit, he is a skilled and deeply committed advocate for injured people in Florida.

Michael believes in taking an assertive and aggressive stand for his clients while also treating them with the compassion, respect, and personal attention they deserve. If you've been hurt in Florida because of someone else's carelessness, Michael can help!

Notable Cases & Associations
Michael has achieved some of the largest judgments in the history of Florida lawsuits, with verdicts as high as $35 million and $40 million. He has successfully tried numerous cases throughout the Sunshine State and he makes his home here, in Southwest Florida.

More than just a distinguished professional, Michael is also a member of his local and legal communities. He is involved in a number of prestigious organizations, including the Florida Justice Association and the American Association for Justice.

License

Bar Number: 128279
Florida, 1997

Law Firm of Viles & Beckman, LLC
Michael Beckman

Attorney Michael Beckman is one of the partners at Viles & Beckman, LLC and his passion for justice sets the highest standard for our entire team. With more than 20 years of experience to his credit, he is a skilled and deeply committed advocate for injured people in Florida.

Michael believes in taking an assertive and aggressive stand for his clients while also treating them with the compassion, respect, and personal attention they deserve. If you've been hurt in Florida because of someone else's carelessness, Michael can help!

Notable Cases & Associations
Michael has achieved some of the largest judgments in the history of Florida lawsuits, with verdicts as high as $35 million and $40 million. He has successfully tried numerous cases throughout the Sunshine State and he makes his home here, in Southwest Florida.

More than just a distinguished professional, Michael is also a member of his local and legal communities. He is involved in a number of prestigious organizations, including the Florida Justice Association and the American Association for Justice.

License

Bar Number: 128279
Florida, 1997

Law Firm of Viles & Beckman, LLC
Marcus Viles

Attorney Marcus W. Viles has more than 30 years of experience as an advocate for the rights of injured Floridians. His dedication to people in need sets him apart and has made him a trusted name for countless clients across the span of several decades.

Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
Our firm is proud of Marcus' status as a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney - an honor obtained by only about one percent of all the attorneys in Florida. Board certification is awarded only to lawyers who have demonstrated that they have substantial knowledge, experience, and ethics in their civil trial practice. The application is rigorous, and The Florida Certification Board is extremely selective in choosing which lawyers to award.

What Makes Marcus Different from Other Attorneys?
We are proud of the strong record of results that Marcus has achieved on behalf of our firm's clients, but it is his personal dedication to every case he accepts that really stands out. Marcus has been known to travel all across the country to help his clients win the compensation they deserve. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Texas, and the federal District Courts, bringing our firm's passion for justice to clients living throughout the United States.

If you've been injured because of someone else's negligence, you can trust attorney Marcus W. Viles to take an aggressive stand on your side. His passion and experience can make a meaningful difference in your case.

License

Bar Number: 24035469
Texas, 2002

Bar Number: 516971
Florida, 1985

Law Firm of Viles & Beckman, LLC
Marcus Viles

Attorney Marcus W. Viles has more than 30 years of experience as an advocate for the rights of injured Floridians. His dedication to people in need sets him apart and has made him a trusted name for countless clients across the span of several decades.

Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
Our firm is proud of Marcus' status as a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney - an honor obtained by only about one percent of all the attorneys in Florida. Board certification is awarded only to lawyers who have demonstrated that they have substantial knowledge, experience, and ethics in their civil trial practice. The application is rigorous, and The Florida Certification Board is extremely selective in choosing which lawyers to award.

What Makes Marcus Different from Other Attorneys?
We are proud of the strong record of results that Marcus has achieved on behalf of our firm's clients, but it is his personal dedication to every case he accepts that really stands out. Marcus has been known to travel all across the country to help his clients win the compensation they deserve. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Texas, and the federal District Courts, bringing our firm's passion for justice to clients living throughout the United States.

If you've been injured because of someone else's negligence, you can trust attorney Marcus W. Viles to take an aggressive stand on your side. His passion and experience can make a meaningful difference in your case.

License

Bar Number: 24035469
Texas, 2002

Bar Number: 516971
Florida, 1985

Firm Overview

Imagine how hard your mother would fight for you if she were a lawyer. That's exactly what you get when you hire Viles & Beckman, LLC to handle your personal injury claim. The second you become a client, you also become family. Most of our staff have been in the clients' shoes, battling insurance companies for injuries and pain, and suffering as a result of another person's negligence. We know how you feel, and because of that, we do everything we can to make sure you can focus on the primary thing - getting better, while we take care of the rest.

Viles & Beckman, LLC is a personal injury law firm located in Fort Myers, Florida, serving Southwest Florida and the entire State of Florida. We handle car accidents, slip and falls, personal injury, premises liability, defective products, wrongful death, and more.

Expert Personal Injury Attorneys That Fight for You
The attorneys of Viles & Beckman pride themselves on delivering some of the highest level legal representation across Lee County and Florida. Our attorneys have a long track record of successful cases not only because we work hard but because we work for you. When it comes to hiring a personal injury attorney, you may be concerned with exactly how much such expert assistance is going to cost you which is completely justifiable. Viles & Beckman’s compensation comes from a contingency fee which means that a portion of the settlement they negotiate will be their pay. This means that the settlement you are pursuing is not just at stake for you but also for Viles and Beckman so that you can be assured that the full extent of effort and attention available will be given.

If you've been in an accident of any sort, give us a call at 239-334-3933 for your free case evaluation. It would be an hour to serve you!

Main Office

Viles & Beckman LLC
6350 Presidential Court
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Phone

(239) 334-3933

Fax

(239) 334-7105

Fees
Free Initial Consultation?

Yes

Office Information
Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Weekends by Appt

Office Manager

Kayla Grayson

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Auto Accident

Experienced Fort Myers Car Accident Attorneys Don’t Deal With the Insurance Company Alone. Call Viles & Beckman Today!

Automobile accidents happen in the blink of an eye. They are incredibly disruptive to one’s life, emotionally traumatic, and often cause accident victims significant pain. Some car accidents are serious enough to cause devastating injuries, long-term pain and suffering, and even wrongful death. Regardless, almost every Fort Myers car accident causes some degree of economic hardship or personal distress.

At Viles & Beckman, LLC, our Fort Myers car accident lawyers understand how frustrating and difficult any car crash experience can be. We have helped countless car accident victims in Fort Myers and throughout Southwest Florida during our more than 40 cumulative years in the practice of law.

Some car accidents result in severe, catastrophic, and fatal injuries. If you have suffered injuries in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence, Florida law entitles you to seek compensation for damages related to your injury in civil court. You shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial burden which often accompanies severe accident injuries when another person’s careless decisions behind the wheel caused an accident.

The skilled Fort Myers car accident attorneys at Viles & Beckman have experience dealing with insurance companies, investigating accidents, and helping clients recover damages for their injuries. Let a qualified attorney handle the details of your case.

Contact Viles & Beckman at (239) 494-6709 for a free consultation to discuss the details of your car accident.

Advocating for Those Injured in Car Crashes Since 1995
The legal team at Viles & Beckman has more than 40 years of experience helping injured clients recover the compensation they deserve for losses related to car accidents and injuries caused by negligent parties. The firm’s continued dedication in advocating for their clients has led to the recovery of millions of dollars from negotiated settlements and court-awarded damages. It’s impossible to guarantee results because each case has distinctive characteristics, but our team will advocate for you, and do our best to build a strong case against liable parties to obtain the best outcome for your individual situation.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury or Slip and Fall? We've got you covered!

Millions of Floridians and visitors to our great state walk into stores, restaurants, malls, and theme parks every day. And each day, some of these Floridians and visitors sustain injuries during their visits to one of these places in Fort Myers. Whether they slip and fall on slippery floors or they trip over an object that should never have been in the walkway, people are injured every day in Fort Myers.

If you or a loved one has been injured while visiting any property, you could receive compensation for your injuries from the property owner. Florida law requires the property owner to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition. This includes keeping walkways clear of debris, cleaning up spills, and providing security to keep visitors safe. When you enter a mall, a theme park, or a restaurant, you expect the property to be ready for you to enter.

If it’s not safe and you are injured, the property owner has failed to keep the property safe for your visit and they owe you compensation. No sum of money will negate your injury and your suffering. But it will help to cover your expenses, and that is important.

If you or a loved one has been injured while visiting a property, you deserve an aggressive and skilled premises liability lawyer in Fort Myers to stand by your side and guide you through the complex claims process.

Premises Liability Keeps You Safe
In Florida, property owners are legally bound to keep you safe. This means that they must take action to rectify a problem on their property within a reasonable time or make you aware of the problem. During Florida’s rainy season, we’ve all experienced wet floors as we enter a store. That property owner is required to do what they can to keep the floor dry by using floor mats or fans and they are required to let you know there is a potentially dangerous situation by putting up a “wet floor” sign.

When property owners fail to take action, a court can hold them liable for any injuries caused by their failure to act. In the example above, if a store does not put out a caution sign or put out mats to help soak up some of the water, and someone falls and is injured, the property owner may be liable for the injuries and forced to pay for the medical expenses of the injured person.

Common Types of Accidents
Wet floors are just one of many types of accidents that fall under premises liability. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, about eight million people visit the emergency room each year because of a fall. Other examples include:

Tripping over spilled food at a restaurant
Tripping on uneven flooring or pavement
Animal attacks
Falling from a height
Electrocution and shock
Violent crimes
The last one often confuses clients. Yes, property owners are required to keep you safe from assault, battery, burglary, robbery, muggings, and other violent crimes. Landlords and property owners have a duty to keep their property secure to protect you from crimes. When a property owner is aware of possible unsafe conditions due to past crime or a location in a dangerous neighborhood, they must take proactive action to protect you on their property.

When they don’t, you can hold them liable when you’re injured on their property. This list above is not exhaustive.

There are many reasons why a property owner may face liability for your injuries. To find out if your injury falls under a premises liability claim in Florida, contact Viles & Beckman today.

Wrongful Death

You Don’t Have to Pursue Recovery Alone. Call Our Fort Myers Wrongful Death Attorneys Now

Wrongful Death Is a Civil Action
Families who have been devastated by the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one due to the negligence of another person have legal recourse in the form of civil litigation. With the help of a personal injury wrongful death attorney, certain family members can file suit against the person, company, or entity responsible for the accident or injury.

The Reasons to Pursue Wrongful Death Litigation
A personal injury lawyer advocates for financial compensation on behalf of the surviving spouse, minor children, or parents. There is nothing that a Florida wrongful death lawyer can do to change the fact that a family must now face the future without the love and support of a loved one. No amount of money will ever be able to replace a future that is now irrevocably altered. Instead of planning their next family function together, the survivors are faced with planning a funeral.

The decision to initiate a wrongful death claim is a difficult one, and grief can take a heavy toll. When death comes without forewarning, the sudden impact of the traumatic event can create unexpected complex feelings of anger, guilt, depression, and hopelessness. The grief process that follows a violent and preventable accident is very different from dealing with an expected or anticipated death.

The legal process associated with a wrongful death lawsuit is complicated, and the road to recovery is not easy. That being said, a wrongful death lawsuit can:

Restore a sense of purpose and organization to a family unit
Provide necessary resources to allow for a sense of financial security
Provide a modicum of closure
Pursue justice for the loss of a life
Expose the defendant’s negligence and help prevent future wrongful death cases
Six Common Causes of Wrongful Deaths
Automobile and truck accidents rank high on the list of reasons for wrongful death lawsuits. An annual statistical report of traffic fatalities from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that an estimated 37,461 people recently died in motor vehicle traffic crashes, with 3,174 of them in Florida. Fort Myers is not immune to the types of tragedy on our roadways and in our community that can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit.

In November 2018, WINK reported that a 20-year-old motorcyclist was cut off by a car on Pondella Road in Fort Myers. The driver of the car failed to observe a yield sign when turning left at a green light and pulled out in front of the cycle. According to Florida Highway Patrol, The motorcyclist, who was traveling faster than the speed limit, was pronounced dead at the scene.

In August 2018, a 23-year-old Fort Myers man was killed, and another critically injured, when a pickup failed to stop at a stoplight and crashed into the car they were in, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.

Bicycle accidents – Bicyclists enjoy the same rights and have the same responsibilities as motorists when sharing our roadways. Due to the lack of protection, cyclists are particularly vulnerable when involved in an accident with a bike and a car.

According to the Fort Myers News-Press, on February 20, 2019, a bicyclist riding along a sidewalk on Bonita Beach Road was killed when he was hit by a vehicle that veered off the roadway following a crash.

Medical malpractice – Medical errors are among the leading causes of death in our country today. In a recent survey conducted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 21 percent of participants reported having personally experienced a medical error.

In August 2018, the Bradenton Herald reported that the family of a 49-year-old registered nurse who committed suicide while a patient filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Centerstone of Florida in Bradenton. The deceased was on suicide watch and should have been checked on every 15 minutes, but had not been checked on in about nine hours on the night he killed himself.

Product liability – Defective products are a common cause of a wide range of injuries. Hazardous materials and chemicals used in manufacturing processes can cause burns, respiratory issues, and severe allergic reactions. When products are not assembled according to specifications, or when designs are flawed, consumers face the risk of sustaining fractures, lacerations, catastrophic injury, and, in the worst-case scenario, death.

As reported by the Insurance Journal in March 2019, a 2016 Tesla Model S caught fire and burned the 48-year-old driver beyond recognition.

Construction site accidents. The construction industry poses a high-risk work environment that can be extremely dangerous, not only for workers onsite, but also for pedestrians in the area.

In March 2018, a pedestrian bridge under construction on Florida International University’s (FIU) campus collapsed, killing six and injuring several others. Design flaws may have contributed to the accident.

Wrongful Death in a Nursing Home
The wrongful death of a loved one in a nursing home or personal care facility is preventable, compensable, and wrong on every level. This is a highly regulated industry on both federal and state levels. Administrators are required to adhere to strict hiring procedures, employees must pass both personal and professional background checks, and employees must complete very specific educational requirements. The acceptable standards of care leave no room for interpretation, and anyone performing patient care is held to a high standard of competence.

As is to be expected, residents of nursing homes die of natural causes, but when healthcare workers make mistakes, someone dies before his or her time, and this is a wrongful death.

Who Is Considered a Survivor
In Florida, a deceased individual’s spouse, children, parents, or any blood relative or adoptive sibling dependent on the deceased for either support or services may file a wrongful death claim.

Florida law defines survivors as spouses, children, and parents of the deceased. In addition, any blood relative or adoptive sibling can be considered a survivor if they are at least partially financially dependent on the deceased for support. In some cases, the amount of financial recovery can be significant. Consider the following:

Each eligible survivor may seek monetary compensation for the projected value of lost support and services from the date of the deceased’s death to the date of the survivor’s death.
The surviving spouse can recover the value of any lost services and loss of economic support, especially if the deceased was the primary wage earner.
The spouse can also ask for compensation for loss of companionship and protection, as well as for pain and suffering.
Children under the age of 25, and all children if there is no surviving spouse, under the law may recover for loss of parental companionship, instruction, guidance, and mental pain and suffering.
Each parent of a deceased minor child may recover financially for mental pain and suffering.
Medical and funeral expenses directly related to the decedent’s injury can be recovered by the survivor who paid them.
All of the personal injury attorneys at Viles & Beckman—Marcus Viles, Michael Beckman, and Maria Alaimo—understand the time immediately following the death of a child, spouse, or parent is stressful and wrought with confusion. If you have unanswered questions about your rights and your recovery, we are here to help, and we take our responsibilities seriously.

What Should You Consider When Projecting the Value of Lost Support and Services
Although most wrongful death cases will settle without ever having to go before a jury, when determining the projected value of financial compensation, at Viles & Beckman, our planning strategies cover all the bases. We leverage our combined backgrounds and experience to develop a case strong enough to tip the scales in our favor during settlement negotiations, and compelling enough to convince a judge and jury that this grievous loss deserves maximum financial consideration.

Every case is unique, and every individual’s future needs should be carefully analyzed and taken into consideration. In projecting the value of lost support and services in a wrongful death accident case, it all matters, and it all makes a difference. Among other things, we consider the following:

The current age and projected life expectancy of all qualifying survivors
The number of years until all minor children become adults
The estimated life expectancy of the decedent
The projected lifetime earning potential of the decedent
The possibility of any future increased needs of any dependents
The probability the decedent would have financially helped any of the survivors based on previous contributions
The Ties That Bind
Relationships matter. When placing a value on survivor’s potential financial compensation, in the court of public opinion as well as in a Florida courtroom, the relationship a survivor had with the deceased most definitely will be taken into consideration by a jury and especially by the insurance adjusters investigating the case. Things such as past infidelity, previous separations, divorce proceedings, and family discord can make a significant difference in the total amount of money awarded. We advise potential clients to be completely forthcoming about relationship problems. There may be mitigating circumstances that can prevent perception from becoming reality in the eyes of a judge and jury.

Do Not Make the Insurance Adjuster’s Job Easier
When a substantial payout is possible, in all probability, the claims adjuster for the defendant will contact the surviving spouse, parent, or child. Families are under no obligation to take telephone calls, answer emails or texts, or give a recorded statement to anyone, except the deceased’s personal life insurance company.

Every detail, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, the insurance company can glean out a conversation with a survivor can and will be used to undermine and devalue a case. Although survivors all have individual rights to recovery, this is the time to stand strong and stand together; field any and all contact with the defendant’s insurance company to a Florida wrongful death attorney.

Don’t Forfeit Your Right to Recover
Time may seem to be standing still during the grieving period, but from a legal standpoint, with few exceptions, the statute of limitations for a Florida wrongful death action is two years from the date of death. This time period may change, though, depending on the specific circumstances of your case, so you should contact an experienced attorney immediately.

Law Firm of Viles & Beckman, LLC
Michael Beckman

Attorney Michael Beckman is one of the partners at Viles & Beckman, LLC and his passion for justice sets the highest standard for our entire team. With more than 20 years of experience to his credit, he is a skilled and deeply committed advocate for injured people in Florida.

Michael believes in taking an assertive and aggressive stand for his clients while also treating them with the compassion, respect, and personal attention they deserve. If you've been hurt in Florida because of someone else's carelessness, Michael can help!

Notable Cases & Associations
Michael has achieved some of the largest judgments in the history of Florida lawsuits, with verdicts as high as $35 million and $40 million. He has successfully tried numerous cases throughout the Sunshine State and he makes his home here, in Southwest Florida.

More than just a distinguished professional, Michael is also a member of his local and legal communities. He is involved in a number of prestigious organizations, including the Florida Justice Association and the American Association for Justice.

License

Bar Number: 128279
Florida, 1997

Law Firm of Viles & Beckman, LLC
Michael Beckman

Attorney Michael Beckman is one of the partners at Viles & Beckman, LLC and his passion for justice sets the highest standard for our entire team. With more than 20 years of experience to his credit, he is a skilled and deeply committed advocate for injured people in Florida.

Michael believes in taking an assertive and aggressive stand for his clients while also treating them with the compassion, respect, and personal attention they deserve. If you've been hurt in Florida because of someone else's carelessness, Michael can help!

Notable Cases & Associations
Michael has achieved some of the largest judgments in the history of Florida lawsuits, with verdicts as high as $35 million and $40 million. He has successfully tried numerous cases throughout the Sunshine State and he makes his home here, in Southwest Florida.

More than just a distinguished professional, Michael is also a member of his local and legal communities. He is involved in a number of prestigious organizations, including the Florida Justice Association and the American Association for Justice.

License

Bar Number: 128279
Florida, 1997

Law Firm of Viles & Beckman, LLC
Marcus Viles

Attorney Marcus W. Viles has more than 30 years of experience as an advocate for the rights of injured Floridians. His dedication to people in need sets him apart and has made him a trusted name for countless clients across the span of several decades.

Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
Our firm is proud of Marcus' status as a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney - an honor obtained by only about one percent of all the attorneys in Florida. Board certification is awarded only to lawyers who have demonstrated that they have substantial knowledge, experience, and ethics in their civil trial practice. The application is rigorous, and The Florida Certification Board is extremely selective in choosing which lawyers to award.

What Makes Marcus Different from Other Attorneys?
We are proud of the strong record of results that Marcus has achieved on behalf of our firm's clients, but it is his personal dedication to every case he accepts that really stands out. Marcus has been known to travel all across the country to help his clients win the compensation they deserve. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Texas, and the federal District Courts, bringing our firm's passion for justice to clients living throughout the United States.

If you've been injured because of someone else's negligence, you can trust attorney Marcus W. Viles to take an aggressive stand on your side. His passion and experience can make a meaningful difference in your case.

License

Bar Number: 24035469
Texas, 2002

Bar Number: 516971
Florida, 1985

Law Firm of Viles & Beckman, LLC
Marcus Viles

Attorney Marcus W. Viles has more than 30 years of experience as an advocate for the rights of injured Floridians. His dedication to people in need sets him apart and has made him a trusted name for countless clients across the span of several decades.

Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
Our firm is proud of Marcus' status as a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney - an honor obtained by only about one percent of all the attorneys in Florida. Board certification is awarded only to lawyers who have demonstrated that they have substantial knowledge, experience, and ethics in their civil trial practice. The application is rigorous, and The Florida Certification Board is extremely selective in choosing which lawyers to award.

What Makes Marcus Different from Other Attorneys?
We are proud of the strong record of results that Marcus has achieved on behalf of our firm's clients, but it is his personal dedication to every case he accepts that really stands out. Marcus has been known to travel all across the country to help his clients win the compensation they deserve. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Texas, and the federal District Courts, bringing our firm's passion for justice to clients living throughout the United States.

If you've been injured because of someone else's negligence, you can trust attorney Marcus W. Viles to take an aggressive stand on your side. His passion and experience can make a meaningful difference in your case.

License

Bar Number: 24035469
Texas, 2002

Bar Number: 516971
Florida, 1985

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