Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, is a personal injury law firm serving Port St. Lucie, Florida, and the surrounding area. We’ve been helping personal injury victims receive the compensation they need and deserve since 2014.
Our Port St. Lucie personal injury lawyers have more than 27 years of combined experience, and we’ve collected over $30 million for our clients in the past six years alone.
If you’ve recently suffered an injury we have you covered. Our lawyers have experience in personal injury cases involving car accidents, wrongful death, brain injuries, and motorcycle accidents, just to name a few.
We believe that getting to know our clients personally and treating them like family is the best way to provide legal representation. Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, offers a free consultation to discuss your case. Contact us today at (772) 444-7000, and let’s get started.
Why Should I Hire Kibbey Wagner, PLLC to Handle My Personal Injury Case?
If you’ve been injured by another party’s negligence, you need an advocate on your side who will fight for you and get you the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies won’t be quick to pay your claim, and will use tactics to minimize their financial liability.
Don’t let them push you around.
The award-winning Port St. Lucie personal injury attorneys at Kibbey Wagner, PLLC are familiar with strategies that seek to undervalue and deny accident victims’ claims. We’ve been standing up to insurance companies and other formidable opponents for years and recovering the compensation our clients need to get back on their feet. We have three decades of combined experience and are ready to put our skills to work for you.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Kibbey Wagner, PLLC handles all personal injury cases in Port St. Lucie, Florida. We routinely recover top settlements and verdicts for our injured clients.
Our attorneys specialize in the following cases.
Car accidents are one of the most common sources of injury and death for Florida residents. If you were in an accident, your Personal Injury Protection insurance will cover a portion of your medical expenses and lost wages. However, this insurance may not be enough if you suffered a serious injury.
Our Port St. Lucie car accident attorneys can help you identify all your legal options after an accident, including claims and lawsuits against the at-fault driver. That way you get the money you need to move forward after your accident.
Commercial trucks can present extreme danger to others on the road. They are larger and heavier than passenger vehicles and almost always deliver the brunt of the damage in a truck accident. If you were in a truck accident, the driver or trucking company may owe you compensation.
Our truck accident attorneys can go up against the big trucking companies and their insurers to recover the compensation you need for your medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
Florida is an excellent place to ride a motorcycle. However, its congested roads and heavy tourism can pose risks to riders. Unfortunately, motorcyclists usually suffer severe injuries after a collision with a car — even when they are wearing helmets.
Cars often fail to share the road with bicyclists and may not even see riders on the side of the street. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents can cause serious and fatal injuries to bicyclists. This makes it all the more important to recover compensation after a car hits your bicycle.
Our legal team can help you seek compensation from careless drivers and their insurers after your bicycle crash.
Brain injuries are among the worst injuries a person can suffer. They usually have life-long consequences and can be extremely costly to treat. Unfortunately, brain injuries can happen in almost any type of accident, from car accidents to slip and falls.
Our attorneys can help you explore your options after a head injury. We’ll work to make the most of your claim and help you get the money you need to regain your life.
Most accidents are minor. However, some cause catastrophic injuries which affect victims’ lives in many ways. Catastrophic injuries are expensive to treat and often reduce the quality of a victim’s life. You deserve compensation if someone injured you through negligence.
Our attorneys can help. We will evaluate your claim and calculate your damages, so you don’t miss out on any compensation after your catastrophic injury.
Florida has a high rate of pedestrian accidents and deaths — despite efforts to reduce such accidents. It is inexcusable when a car hits a pedestrian. These accidents typically result in head injuries, broken bones, and other serious harm to the pedestrian.
Our pedestrian accident lawyers can help if a car hits you while you are walking or crossing the street. We’ll do everything in our power to maximize the value of your claim.
Tragically, some accidents are fatal and rob us of loved ones. Florida law gives surviving family members the right to file a wrongful death claim when a negligent party causes their loved one’s death. These claims may be the only way for the family to recover compensation for funeral expenses and loss of support.
Our legal team can help you achieve justice after your loved one’s death. We can work to make sure you get the money you need to keep moving forward.
What Damages Are Available to Port St. Lucie Accident Victims?
There are three categories of damages available to personal injury victims in Port St. Lucie: economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.
Economic damages compensate you for things like:
- Medical bills
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning potential
Non-economic damages are also referred to as “pain and suffering” damages and compensate you for:
- Physical, mental, and emotional pain
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Punitive damages are rarely awarded. They are intended to “punish” the defendant and deter others from engaging in similar conduct.
Call a Port St. Lucie personal injury lawyer with Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, today, and we can go over what damages might be available in your case.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer is your best resource after an accident. They’ll guide you through the process and protect your legal rights to ensure that you recover the compensation you deserve.
Here are some other benefits of hiring an attorney:
- They’ll handle your case from start to finish, including negotiating with opposing parties and managing documentation, communications, and filings.
- They’ll help you investigate your accident and gather evidence to prove your claim.
- They have access to leading experts in the area, such as medical professionals, financial experts, and accident reconstructionists.
- They’ll accurately value your claim to ensure that you recover all the damages you’re entitled to, including future damages.
- If necessary, they’ll file a lawsuit on your behalf and appear in court to advocate for your best interests.
Notably, an attorney will stand up to formidable opponents who will try to take advantage of you.
What is Negligence in a Personal Injury Case?
Negligence is the basis of most personal injury claims. It’s the failure to act with reasonable care, resulting in harm to another party. It can result from an act or omission.
The plaintiff must prove four elements to establish negligence in a personal injury claim:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care;
- The defendant breached their duty of care;
- The breach of duty directly caused the plaintiff’s injuries; and
- The plaintiff suffered damages as a result.
A duty of care arises from the law or the relationship between parties. For example, all drivers have a duty to others sharing the roads to drive carefully and follow traffic laws.
If someone fails to act reasonably under the circumstances, they’ve breached their duty of care. If their breach directly causes harm to another person and results in financial and/or personal losses, the injured party likely has a valid negligence claim.
How Do I Prove Negligence?
The plaintiff must prove the four elements of a negligence claim by a preponderance of the evidence to recover damages in a personal injury case. That means the plaintiff must prove that their claim is more likely than not true.
The court will use a “reasonable person” standard to assess whether the defendant’s acts or omissions were reasonable under the circumstances. In other words, they’ll examine the defendant’s behavior to determine if it fell short of what a reasonable person would’ve done in the same situation.
To prove the elements of your case and demonstrate that the defendant’s conduct was unreasonable under the circumstances, you’ll need evidence, such as:
- Medical records
- Accident reports
- Photographs and videos of the accident scene and your injuries
- Dashcam and surveillance footage
- Expert witness testimony
- Eyewitness testimony
- Cell phone records
- Employment records
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you gather the evidence you need to prove your claim.
Florida’s Personal Injury Laws Brief Overview
Florida’s personal injury laws can affect your claim in many ways, from the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit to the amount of compensation you can recover.
Here are some important Florida statutes to consider:
- Statute of limitations: Florida’s statute of limitations gives plaintiffs four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. That means you’ll have four years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. Other types of cases, such as wrongful death, must be filed within two years. If you miss the deadline for your case, you’ll be barred from recovering compensation.
- Comparative fault: Florida follows pure comparative fault rules, meaning you can recover compensation even if you were partially at fault for the accident. Your damages will be reduced proportionally to your percentage of fault.
- No-fault auto insurance rules: Florida is a no-fault auto insurance state. All drivers must purchase Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. After an accident, you must file a claim with your own PIP insurer, regardless of who caused the accident. You might be entitled to file a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver if you suffered a serious injury.
Personal injury laws can be complex. Contact us today for a free consultation to see how these rules apply to your situation.
What Should I Do After an Accident in Port St. Lucie?
There are a few steps you should take after an accident to protect your right to compensation. Following each step can increase your odds of a successful injury claim.
- Call 911. You should call 911 to report your accident, especially if you were in a car accident that involved injury, death, or significant property damage. The police will respond to the scene and record their observations about the accident. They will then file a police report noting their observations and preliminary determinations of fault. This report can serve as evidence in your injury claim.
- Exchange information. You should exchange contact and insurance information with the other party involved in your accident. You may need their insurance information to file a claim for your medical bills and other damages after the accident. You should also exchange information with witnesses who can corroborate your account of the accident.
- Document the Scene. You should take photographs and videos of the accident scene — if the scene is safe. These photos can provide important evidence for your claim.
- Seek prompt medical treatment. You should seek immediate medical attention after your accident. Seeking quick medical attention will help you get treatment for your injuries and put you on the path to a quicker recovery. It will also help diagnose injuries that may not have symptoms yet and will provide you with records of your medical expenses.
- Contact a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you identify your options for recovering compensation after your accident. They will handle all aspects of your claim, including investigations, filings, and court appearances. They will also protect your best interests throughout your case.
Contact Kibbey Wagner, PLLC to schedule a free consultation with a Port St Lucie personal injury lawyer.
We can help you take the right steps after your accident and work to protect the value of your claim.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Florida?
Each state has a statute of limitations regarding personal injury lawsuits. This statute sets the deadline by which the lawsuit must be filed. If you miss the statute of limitations for your case, the legal system can no longer compensate you for your injury.
The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Florida is four years. You have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit from the accident date. However, there are nuances to this statute depending on the nature of the claim you are filing (wrongful death claims have a different statute of limitations, for example) and also the type of party you are looking to sue.
We can let you know whether the statute of limitations has passed in your case during your free consultation. Reach out today for help.
Contact Our Experienced Port St. Lucie Personal Injury Lawyers For Legal Help
If you or a loved one has recently suffered an injury in Port St. Lucie, consider Kibbey Wagner, PLLC. Our Port St. Lucie personal injury lawyers look forward to meeting and working with you.
Our results speak for themselves with decades of experience and millions of dollars collected. Hiring Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, will provide you with the peace of mind you need to pursue a personal injury claim.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re eager to begin helping you obtain the compensation you deserve or to help clear your name.
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