Lakeland Injury Lawyers
Located in Polk County, FL, Lakeland is a principal city of the Lakeland-Winter Haven metropolitan area with a population of 100,000 people (per the 2013 census). This vibrant, innovative, and culturally-inclusive community offers something for everyone to enjoy, including partnerships and programs that foster safety, diversity, and community involvement.
Cases our attorneys handle in Lakeland, Florida:
- Personal Injury
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Slip and Fall
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Wrongful Death
- Premises Liability
History of Lakeland, Florida
Lakeland’s humble beginnings date back to the 1870s, when the residents of Bartow and Fort Meade settled in the northern areas of Polk County, setting the stage for what would become Lakeland. Railroad expansion in the mid-1880s allowed Lakeland to enjoy further growth. Abraham Munn, a native of Kentucky, purchased 80 acres of land (now downtown Lakeland) and platted the area for the town. On January 1, 1885, Lakeland was incorporated and named for the many nearby lakes.
The small town’s reputation rose to prominence over the next few decades, as the site housed 9,000 troops and served as a staging point during the Spanish-American War; however, it was not until the 1920s—the Florida land boom—that Lakeland experienced significant development. Not only were several districts carved out of the town, but major buildings, including the Terrace Hotel, New Florida Hotel (now Lake Mirror Tower), Polk Theatre, Frances Langford Promenade, and the Park Trammell Building (now Lakeland Chamber of Commerce) were built.
At the collapse of the boom, progress in Lakeland staggered, and recovery efforts failed to make headway until the 1930s, when the Detroit Tigers used Lakeland for spring training—a practice still in place today. The Lakeland Municipal Airport was also constructed during this period.
During World War II, Lakeland’s Municipal Airport served as the headquarters for a nationwide network for civilian flight schools. More than 8,000 Army Air Corps and Army Air Forces cadets trained there, as well as 1,327 British Royal Air Force cadets. While the facility ultimately closed in 1960, it serves as the Detroit Tigers’ “Tiger Town” baseball complex.
Today, Lakeland enjoys a rich heritage with the markings of a modern society, providing quality public spaces, superior municipal services, and an unparalleled quality of life.
Things to Do in Lakeland
Conveniently located along I-4 between Tampa and Orlando, Lakeland’s focal points are built around the 38 named lakes in the area, offering a relaxing backdrop to many outdoor activities.
Residents and visitors can venture through Lakeland’s historic downtown—fondly referred to as “Lakeland’s living room”—and experience a collection of shops, antique dealers, art galleries, museums, restaurants, craft breweries, and historic brick buildings located around Munn Park town square.
History buffs can enjoy the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, who developed many of the facilities used by Florida Southern College during World War II—Wright’s largest on-site collection in the world. Art aficionados are sure to enjoy the Polk Museum of Art, or the historic promenade in Lake Mirror Park. Park goers can also explore Hollis Garden, which features more than 10,000 flowers and indigenous plants.
Don’t miss the annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, Florida’s largest annual flight/fly-in convention—the second largest in the world! Residents and visitors can also enjoy the annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Show.
Need to get around? Use the Citrus Connection local bus service, Lakeland Greyhound Terminal, Lakeland Amtrak Station, or the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
Staying Safe in Lakeland
As the largest city along I-4, Lakeland is a premier transportation hub in Polk County. Observing local road laws and operating vehicles safely and soberly is paramount to the safety and security of Lakeland’s residents and visitors. The seasoned personal injury attorneys at the Shiner Law Group also urge caution when traveling through Lakeland’s historic downtown, or visiting one of the city’s many parks. Accidents, intentional or not, can lead to debilitating and sometimes fatal injuries, which can result in extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.
In the event you or a loved have been wrongfully injured due to the carelessness or negligence of another, the Shiner Law Group is standing by to discuss your legal options in a free consultation. Don’t let your experience in one of Florida’s most beautiful locations be ruined by the ongoing stress of an insurance claim. Let us focus on the legal complexities so you can focus on what’s important—recovery.
Speak with a Shiner Law Group Personal Injury Attorney
Have you or someone you love been injured because of the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of another? Call us at (855) 462-6878 or contact us online for a free case review.