Have you been injured in West Palm Beach, FL? Whether your injuries arose from a car accident, slip and fall, or another accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers at Kibbey Wagner, PLLC can help you hold the at-fault party responsible for all your damages.
Our law firm has almost three decades of legal experience. We’ve recovered over $60 million for accident victims throughout Florida. We’d be proud to help you pursue the money you deserve after your accident.
How Kibbey Wagner, PLLC Can Help You After an Accident
The days and weeks after an accident can be overwhelming. You may have unexpected medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. It can be hard to want to pursue an injury claim with all that’s going on. But that may be the only way to recover compensation for your losses after your accident.
A West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer can handle all aspects of your claim. Kibbey Wagner has over 40 years of combined legal experience. We’ve recovered tens of millions for injured clients leading to recognition by Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
When you hire us, you can count on us to:
- Offer sound legal advice at every stage of your claim
- Conduct a thorough investigation of your accident
- Calculate all your damages
- Work with leading South Florida experts when necessary
- Handle all communications and negotiations with the other side
- Take your case to court to protect your right to compensation
Contact us today to schedule your free case review to see how we can help you. We work on contingency, so you pay nothing unless we recover money for you first.
How Common Are Accidents in West Palm Beach, FL?
West Palm Beach has its fair share of accidents. In 2021, Palm Beach County had almost 25,000 crashes. These crashes caused 213 fatalities and 15,205 injuries.
Over 570 accidents involved pedestrians, and 423 involved bicyclists. The county also has 386 motorcycle crashes in 2021. That same year, the county experienced 6,919 hit-and-run crashes. It also had 290 impaired driving crashes related to alcohol.
Palm Beach County also has a notable number of workplace accidents. In 2021, employees in Palm Beach County filed 3,931 workers’ compensation claims. The total settlement value of these cases was $10,793,129, with an average settlement of $16,707.
We Handle All Personal Injury Cases in West Palm Beach, Florida
Kibbey Wagner strives to help victims after all types of accidents in West Palm Beach. We have experience securing top results in cases involving:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Brain injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Premises liability
- Wrongful death
If you’ve been injured in one of these accidents, contact Kibbey Wagner for help. Our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers can sit down with you and explain your options for recovering compensation.
How Much Is My West Palm Beach Personal Injury Case Worth?
No two personal injury cases are alike, as each will have its own set of facts and circumstances. While we can’t let you know how much your case is worth before we speak with you and learn about your situation, there are factors that tend to influence a case’s value. These include:
- Whether or not you are partly to blame for the accident
- The type of injuries you’ve suffered and their severity
- How much evidence there is to prove your case
- The terms of any relevant insurance policies
- Whether you’ve suffered any emotional distress
In a broader sense, the larger impact the accident has had on your life, the more your case will be worth. Feel free to contact Kibbey Wagner today about your case; during your free consultation, we can give more insight into the value of your case.
What Damages Can I Recover After My Accident in West Palm Beach?
You can potentially recover three types of damages after an accident in West Palm Beach: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
Economic damages exist to compensate you for the financial losses stemming from the accident. A few examples include lost wages, medical bills, and repair costs.
Non-economic damages are also referred to as “pain and suffering” damages. These damages represent the consequences of your injury that are tougher to assign a number to. Examples include emotional distress, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Punitive damages, while rarely awarded, are still available in personal injury cases. These damages deter others from engaging in similar conduct to the defendant and are meant to “punish” the at-fault party for their behavior.
Kibbey Wagner makes sure to pursue every possible avenue for compensation so that you can get back on your feet after an injury. Call today for a free consultation.
What if I’m Being Blamed for My Accident in West Palm Beach?
In most instances, the other party to your case will attempt to pin the blame on you for the accident. They’ll do this to escape liability for your injury or reduce the value of your claim.
The State of Florida currently works under a pure comparative negligence regime. Under this doctrine, you can still receive compensation for your injury even if you are partially to blame. However, your financial award could be reduced proportionately to your assigned percentage of fault.
For example, a jury awards you $500,000 but also assigns you 25% of the blame. You would then receive $375,000, or the full amount less your assigned percentage of fault.
It’s critical that you have a personal injury attorney in your corner when the other side is trying to blame you for the accident. The lawyers with Kibbey Wagner know how to fight back against these accusations.
How Long Do I Have To File a Lawsuit in Florida?
The State of Florida lays out deadlines for filing lawsuits in its statute of limitations. If you file your lawsuit after the statute of limitations for the given case type has passed, you’ll lose your opportunity to pursue compensation in a court of law.
You have four years from the accident date to file a personal injury lawsuit in Florida. There are exceptions to this, however. For example, if your suit involves medical malpractice, you’ll generally have just two years. The two-year deadline also applies to wrongful death cases. In some cases, such as when the defendant flees the state, the statute of limitations can be paused (tolled).
If you’re unsure whether you still have time to file your lawsuit, please contact us as soon as possible. We can let you know whether you still have the ability to file suit during your initial consultation.
How Do I Prove Negligence in My Case?
Negligence is a failure to exercise reasonable care, resulting in an injury to someone else. This legal concept is the basis of most personal injury claims – whether a distracted driver rear-ended you or a fatigued health care professional failed to order the proper diagnostic tests.
Negligence consists of four elements:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
To prove negligence, you’ll need evidence, including but not limited to:
- Medical records
- Police reports
- Accident reports
- Pictures and videos of the accident scene and your injuries
- Eyewitness testimony
- Expert witness testimony
- Pay stubs
- Journals outlining your emotional and physical pain
We’ll help you prove each element of your case to get the maximum compensation available. Contact us today for a free consultation to see how we can help you.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost in West Palm Beach?
Most West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if they secure a favorable settlement or verdict in your case. You won’t owe attorney’s fees if they don’t win your case.
This arrangement allows accident victims to obtain legal counsel without worrying about how they’ll pay for it. When you hire us, we’ll agree to a percentage of your awarded damages that we’ll deduct for attorney’s fees.
Contact us today to learn more about our contingency fee agreement and how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyers
If you were injured in West Palm Beach, FL, you need exceptional legal representation to get the results you need.
The award-winning West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers at Kibbey Wagner, PLLC can help. We have over 40 years of combined experience helping accident victims get the money they deserve – and we’ve recovered over $60 million on their behalf.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation to see how we can help you get the compensation you need to get back on your feet.