Have you been injured in an accident in Palm Beach Gardens, FL? A Palm Beach Gardens personal injury lawyer at Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, can help you get the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. Call us today at (561) 944-4000 for legal help.
We’re one of the most well-respected personal injury law firms in all of South Florida. Since 2014, the year we opened our doors, we’ve already collected over $60 million for our deserving clients.
Our legal team has 40 years of combined experience, and we’re confident that we can help you achieve a favorable outcome for your case as well.
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How Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, Can Help With Your Personal Injury Case in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Personal injury accidents can be immensely difficult to handle. If an insurance company is involved, they’re likely bombarding you with pointed questions to limit their liability for your claim.
If you’ve had to miss work due to your injuries, you might find yourself in a tough financial situation – especially if you have mounting medical bills and expenses. When all of this is added to the very real pain and suffering you’re experiencing, it can feel overwhelming, to say the least.
Hiring Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, to help you with your case means you’ll be able to take the time you need to rest and recover from your injuries. In the meantime, our Palm Beach Gardens personal injury attorneys will take care of every component of your claim for compensation.
One of our founding attorneys, Jordan B. Wagner, is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and is a former insurance defense lawyer. That means our injury attorneys have the experience and expertise you can rely on. Selecting us means you’ll have legal help in the form of:
- An internal investigation into your case
- Negotiations with the other parties
- Filing a lawsuit if they refuse to settle
- Hiring experts to enhance your case
- Protect you from allegations that the accident was your fault
- Keep you apprised of your case’s status and your options throughout
If you’re ready to establish an attorney-client relationship with us, contact us by phone or online. Your initial consultation is free of charge.
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Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
Personal injury cases arise after certain types of accidents or injuries — but not all accidents and injuries. Someone must be responsible for your injury in order for you to qualify.
Most are based on negligence, which refers to an injury/accident that happens due to carelessness. However, some are based on intentional injuries.
You might have a case if you or a loved one were injured in a motor vehicle accident, pedestrian accident, workplace accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice, and more. There are other accidents and injuries that also qualify for compensation.
The best way to determine if you have a case is to speak with an experienced injury lawyer. Contact Kibbey Wagner, PLLC for help understanding your rights.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
Each injury case relies on its own set of facts and circumstances. For that reason, it’s difficult to assess the value of a case upfront without having that information in hand. Until we speak with you and learn about your situation.
However, we can mention the following factors that influence most case’s worth:
- The age of the victim at the time of the accident
- Whether the victim will make a full medical recovery
- Whether the victim shares any of the fault for the accident
- How serious the victim’s injuries are, and how severe they are
- The amount of available evidence in support of the claim
While it’s true that the claims involving the most catastrophic injuries tend to have the highest value, many other considerations could come into play. The best way to find out the value of your case is to speak with one of our trusted personal injury lawyers in Palm Beach Gardens.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
You will likely not have any up-front costs when you hire a personal injury lawyer. Most attorneys do not charge flat rates or bill hourly. Rather, they work on contingency. With contingency fees, you only pay attorney fees if they recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
If your attorney fails to win compensation, you don’t owe them any money. If they are successful, they will take a percentage (usually 33-40%) of your award as payment for representation.
Most injury lawyers also offer free consultations to prospective clients. Therefore, there is minimal up-front costs to getting the representation you need after an accident.
What Damages Can I Receive After a Personal Injury?
Personal injury victims can pursue economic damages, which reflect the financial losses incurred as a result of the accident. Examples include:
- Lost wages
- Decreased earning capacity
- Medical expenses
- Out-of-pocket expenses
In addition, they can receive non-economic damages. These types aren’t as easy to convert into a dollar figure, but they can often amount to a significant portion of the claim. A few examples are:
- Emotional distress
- PTSD, depression, anxiety
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Decreased enjoyment in life
There is a third type of damages called punitive damages, but they usually aren’t available in injury claims. They’re reserved for situations where the at-fault party acted outrageously, such as with the intent to cause harm or with extreme recklessness.
What Should I Do After an Accident?
You should follow a few key steps after an accident in Florida. These actions can help you protect your health — and your injury claim.
Depending on the accident, you should consider contacting law enforcement to report your injuries. Florida requires individuals to report some kind of accidents to the police, including car accidents that result in injury, death, or significant property damage. When you call 911, the dispatcher can send law enforcement and/or emergency medical services to the scene. Police officers will create an accident report that could be helpful to your injury claim.
You should swap insurance and contact info with the other individuals involved in the accident. You will need this information to file a claim with their insurance company. You should also exchange contact info with any witnesses to the accident. You may need to utilize their testimony if you file an injury lawsuit.
Seek Medical Attention
You should seek immediate medical attention after your accident — even if you feel “fine.” You may have injuries with delayed symptoms. Seeking prompt medical attention will ensure you get treatment for all your injuries and maximize your chances for recovery. It will also prevent other parties from claiming you failed to mitigate your damages.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
You should contact an injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Your attorney can help you understand your rights and your options for recovering compensation. They can handle all aspects of your case and put you in the best position to have a successful claim.
Contact our firm to speak with an injury attorney.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
With 40 years of experience, our personal injury attorneys at Kibbey Wagner, PLLC have successfully represented victims in almost every injury case scenario. Some of our firm’s primary practice areas include, but are not limited to:
Car accidents are all too common in South Florida. Nonetheless, it can still be hard to get the compensation you deserve after a crash due to the state’s complicated auto insurance rules.
Our Palm Beach Gardens car accident lawyers can help you identify all avenues for compensation after a wreck. We’ll help you hold the at-fault driver and insurance company responsible for all your damages.
Trucks are one of the backbones of the South Florida economy. But their presence on the roads poses dangers to smaller passenger vehicles, which are no match for a semi truck in a crash. If you were injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
Our Palm Beach Gardens truck accident lawyers can help you hold the truck driver and trucking company liable for all your damages.
The congested roads and tourism can sometimes make for a dangerous riding experience. If a negligent driver hit your bike, they may be liable for the related damages. Fortunately, riders are subject to Florida’s no-fault rules after a motorcycle crash.
Our Palm Beach Gardens motorcycle accident attorneys can help you recover the money you need to move forward after your crash.
Florida has improved its bicycle infrastructure in recent years. But accidents still happen. Unfortunately, bicyclists have little protection in a bicycle accident and often suffer major injuries.
Our Palm Beach Gardens bicycle accident lawyers can help you understand your rights and options after a bike crash. Let us help you pursue the compensation you’re owed.
Brain injuries are one of the worst injuries a victim can experience in an accident. They can cause permanent cognitive damage that results in unexpected physical and emotional consequences. They can also be expensive to treat.
If you experienced a brain injury in an accident, you may need to pursue a personal injury claim to obtain compensation for medical treatment and other losses. Our brain injury attorneys can help you get what you deserve.
Florida is one of the top states for pedestrian accidents. If you were involved in a pedestrian accident, the at-fault driver may owe you compensation for your medical bills, lost income, etc.
Our pedestrian accident lawyers can help you pursue an injury claim and get fair compensation for your injuries.
These are injuries that cause permanent or temporary disability or disfigurement. They can happen in almost any type of accident. If someone else is responsible for your catastrophic injury, they may owe you money for your injury-related damages. However, you’ll likely need to file a claim to hold them responsible.
Our catastrophic injury attorneys can help you protect your rights.
Some accidents are so serious that the victims don’t walk away from the incident. If another person killed your loved one in an accident, you have rights. Florida laws allow surviving family members to file a wrongful death suit for losses related to a loved one’s untimely death.
Such claims may not bring your loved one back — but they can help you achieve justice and financial security. Our Palm Beach Gardens wrongful death attorneys can handle all aspects of your case.
Other common injury claims include:
- Product liability
- Dog bites
- Premises liability
- Medical malpractice
- Boating accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Uber and Lyft crashes
- And more
Learn more about how Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, can help you get the compensation you need after an accident by calling us today.
Common Types of Injuries
A multitude of injuries can result from a personal injury accident. Some of the more common types of injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord damage
- Leg injuries
- Neck injuries
- Chest injuries
Whether or not the injuries you’ve suffered are listed above, Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, can fight in the interest of your legal rights. Call us for advice and assistance.
Understanding Florida Comparative Negligence Law
Florida applies modified comparative negligence laws for cases involving more than one negligent party. If you share fault for your accident, these laws require that your compensation be reduced according to your percentage of blame. If you are mostly at fault, you cannot recover compensation.
Insurance companies are allowed to use these rules, too. But sometimes, they use them too liberally. For every bit of blame they shift to you, they get to pay you less compensation. Therefore it’s always best to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to protect you from unfounded accusations of blame.
Call Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, to speak with a member of our legal team.
How Do I Prove Liability in a Personal Injury Case?
Asserting liability in a personal injury case usually comes down to proving that the at-fault party was negligent.
Negligence is a legal term that has a similar meaning to the term “carelessness.”
There are four legal elements:
- Duty of Care
- Breach of Duty
- Causation (both factual and proximate)
The injured victim must support each of these elements by a preponderance of the evidence, which means showing that each is more likely true than not.
Some types of injury claims, such as many falling under product liability law, can be filed under a strict liability cause of action instead of negligence. These claims could be easier, as you won’t have to prove that the other side was negligent.
They could still be liable for your damages even if they did not act carelessly, in other words.
What if I Am Partly To Blame for My Personal Injury Accident?
In the Sunshine State, you can still receive compensation even if the accident was partially your fault. That is because the state follows a modified comparative negligence standard regarding the issue of contributory fault.
Under this standard, you will be assessed a percentage of the fault for the accident, and your compensation could be adjusted accordingly. So if you are assessed 25% of the blame, your damages award could be reduced by 25%. But if you are mostly to blame (51% or more), you cannot recover any money.
The insurance company will likely try and pin as much of the blame for the accident on you as they can. If they successfully do so, your claim could lose most of its value.
However, if you have an experienced injury attorney in your corner, you’ll be well-equipped to fight back against these accusations. Call Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, for more information.
How Long Do I Have To File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida?
In the State of Florida, you will generally have two years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit. This is the deadline established by Florida law in its statute of limitations. Make sure you file your lawsuit on time because a court of law will not accept your case if you do it too late.
Keep in mind as well that there are exceptions to the standard two-year deadline. Reach out to us with any questions you may have about the statute of limitations and how it applies to your personal injury situation.
Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced Palm Beach Gardens Personal Injury Attorney
Hiring a skilled Palm Beach Gardens personal injury attorney gives you an opportunity to make yourself whole again after an injury accident in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, has a substantial track record of success representing clients in personal injury cases. We also work on a contingency fee basis, so you’ll only pay us attorney’s fees if we obtain compensation for you. It also won’t cost you a penny upfront to hire us.
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