Were you harmed in a slip and fall accident in Port St. Lucie, FL? You might be able to hold the at-fault party liable and receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, and more. The experienced personal injury attorneys with Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, are ready to begin fighting for your rights today.
Our personal injury law firm was founded in 2014. Since then, our Port St. Lucie slip and fall accident attorneys have collected $30 million on behalf of deserving personal injury victims. The lawyers with Kibbey Wagner also have 27 years of combined experience practicing law.
Want to learn more? Contact our law office in Port St. Lucie today to set up a free consultation with one of our trusted attorneys. You can reach us by phone at (772) 247-3374 or by contacting us online.
How Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, Can Help After a Port St. Lucie Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accident cases in Port St. Lucie, Florida, can be more complicated and serious than they seem on the surface. For one, it may not be immediately apparent who is at fault for the accident. Slip and fall accidents can cause injuries that do not present at the scene and only reveal themselves later on. And there could be a powerful insurance company at the other end of the negotiating table trying to pin the blame on you, the victim.
Fortunately, you don’t have to handle the aftermath of your slip and fall accident on your own. If you hire Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, you’ll have a legal team of experts to help you pursue the compensation you need and deserve. One of our founding attorneys, Jordan R. Wagner, is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and is a former insurance defense attorney. This gives our law firm a leg up when working with insurance companies. Here are some of the ways our law firm can help with your case:
- We can launch an internal investigation into your case to determine who is at fault and the full extent of your damages. We’ll also use this opportunity to collect evidence to help prove your claim.
- We have access to experts to analyze and strengthen your case. Some of these experts may be able to testify on your behalf as well.
- We’ll handle all the negotiation, communication, and paperwork involved in your case.
- We can protect you from allegations that the accident was your fault.
- If necessary, we can file a lawsuit and even bring your case before a St. Lucie County jury at trial.
Reach out to our personal injury lawyers in Port St. Lucie to begin forming an attorney-client relationship. We offer a free initial consultation to provide legal advice and go over your case; there’s no obligation to hire us afterward.
How Prevalent Are Slip and Fall Accidents in Florida?
The Florida Department of Health compiles statistics on slip and fall accidents across the state. In 2020, the latest year from which numbers are available, there were 3,728 deaths from unintentional falls in Florida. That averages out to nearly 11 deaths per 100,000 people.
In St. Lucie county, there were a total of 36 deaths from unintentional falls in 2020. Per capita, this is significantly lower than the average for the state as a whole at nearly 6 deaths per 100,000 people.
What Is My Port St. Lucie Slip and Fall Accident Case Worth?
The value of each Port St. Lucie slip and fall accident case is unique based on the facts surrounding the incident. However, certain factors tend to influence how much most slip and fall cases are worth, and these include:
- How much evidence is available to support your claim
- Whether you will make a full medical recovery from your injuries
- The severity of your injuries
- The types of injuries you have sustained
- Whether you share any blame for the accident
The more impactful the accident is on your day-to-day life, the more your case will tend to be worth most of the time. We’ll thoroughly investigate your case to determine the full extent of your damages when you hire us to represent you. Reach out today for legal advice.
What Types of Damages Can Slip and Fall Accident Victims in Port St. Lucie Claim?
Slip and fall accident victims in Port St. Lucie can claim economic damages as well as non-economic damages. Punitive damages may also be available in some cases, but they are rarely awarded.
Examples of economic damages include:
- Decreased earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
As alluded to above, punitive damages are not usually awarded in personal injury cases. They’re reserved for when the at-fault party’s conduct was especially reckless or outrageous. Punitive damages are meant to “punish” the defendant for their behavior.
Can I Still Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for My Florida Slip and Fall Accident?
Fortunately, yes, you can. Florida operates under a pure comparative negligence doctrine. Under this framework, you may still recover damages even if you are partially at fault for the accident.
However, your damages award could be reduced based on the percentage of fault that is assigned to you. To illustrate, let’s say you’re awarded $500,000, but you’re found to be 25% at fault. In that case, your damages award could be reduced to $375,000, or the full amount minus your percentage of fault represented as a dollar figure.
Comparative negligence is often a key issue in Port St. Lucie slip and fall accident cases because it can drastically reduce your compensation. When you hire Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, our lawyers will work to protect you from undue allegations of blame.
We’ll Work To Recover Compensation for All of Your Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
Slip and fall accidents in Port St. Lucie can result in a wide range of injuries, including:
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Wrist injuries
- Soft tissue damage
And many more. If you were hurt in a slip and fall accident in Port St. Lucie, our experienced personal injury attorneys can help maximize your compensation. Call today for more information.
What Causes Most of the Slip and Fall Accidents in Port St. Lucie, Florida?
Slip and fall accidents can occur just about anywhere in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Some of the more common causes include the following:
- Slick floors and surfaces
- Uneven pavement
- Obstacles on walkways
- Water puddles
- Damaged staircases
Whether your accident occurred on public or private property, you may be able to hold the party responsible for the unsafe condition liable for your injuries. Contact our Port St. Lucie slip and fall accident lawyers if you’ve been hurt in an incident.
How Do I Establish Negligence After a Slip and Fall Accident in Port St. Lucie?
Slip and fall accident cases generally fall under the category of premises liability. Property owners in Florida generally have a responsibility to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. When they fail to do so, they may be held liable under a negligence cause of action. There are four elements required to prove negligence:
Essentially, you, as the personal injury victim, will need to establish that the other party owed you a duty of care, breached that duty of care in some way, and caused you to suffer harm as a result. Each of these elements can be an issue in a slip and fall accident case, depending on the circumstances.
The burden of proof in most slip and fall accident cases is “by a preponderance of the evidence,” which means you’ll need to show that each element is more likely true than not. This is an easier threshold to meet than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” threshold found in criminal cases.
How Much Time Is There To File a Lawsuit After a Slip and Fall Accident in Florida?
In most slip and fall accident cases, you will have four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. That is the deadline established by Florida’s statute of limitations. If you file your lawsuit after the statute of limitations deadline passes, you will not be able to pursue your claim for compensation because a court will not accept your case.
In rare situations, the statute of limitations can be paused, however, such as if you cannot sue the other party because they have fled the state. Wrongful death cases have a two-year deadline instead of four as well.
Reach out to our legal team if you aren’t sure if you can still file a lawsuit in your situation. We’ll most likely be able to let you know during your free consultation.
Reach Out to a Port St. Lucie Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer for a Free Case Evaluation
If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident in Port St. Lucie, FL, you deserve compensation from the at-fault party. Kibbey Wagner, PLLC, is ready to begin fighting to make you whole again.
We have nearly three decades of combined experience, and we have collected tens of millions of dollars for deserving personal injury victims in just the past eight years.
Call today at (772) 247-3374 to speak with a reputable Port St. Lucie slip and fall accident lawyer. Your initial case review is completely free.