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Lake Worth Personal Injury Lawyers

Fighting for Equal Justice for the Injured

A serious injury causes more than just physical hardships. Individuals with severe injuries tend to require extensive medical care, leading to exorbitant medical bills. They may be unable to return to work for weeks, months, or even years, meaning they could lose out on significant income—income they need to manage medical bills and other everyday expenses.

At Smith, Ball & Báez, we help victims of all types of accidents and injuries get back on their feet. Our Lake Worth personal injury attorneys have years of experience fighting on behalf of those injured due to the negligence of others, as well as the surviving family members of those wrongfully killed, and we are prepared to aggressively seek the maximum compensation you are owed. You shouldn’t have to shoulder the burdens of another person or party’s negligent or wrongful conduct on your own; let our team fight for you and the justice you deserve.

Help is just a call away! Contact Smith, Ball & Báez today at (561) 500-HELP to schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our team.

Florida’s Personal Injury Statute

There are several important things you should know about Florida’s personal injury statute before filing a claim or lawsuit.

First, Florida law limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit to four years. In most cases, the clock begins running on the date of the injury. However, if the injury was not and could not have been discovered right away, the clock may not begin running until the date on which the injury was discovered or became discoverable.

Other exceptions to the four-year statute of limitations may apply. We encourage you to act quickly if you believe you may have a personal injury case. The sooner you reach out to our team, the sooner we can begin investigating your claim and building a powerful case on your behalf.

Proving a Personal Injury Claim

As the person bringing the claim, known as the “plaintiff,” you have the burden of proof. This means that you are the one responsible for proving your claim. Unlike in criminal cases, you do not need to prove your case beyond a reasonable doubt but, rather, that the defendant is more likely than not to have caused your injury.

In most personal injury lawsuits, the plaintiff (and/or the plaintiff’s legal counsel) must prove the following elements:

  • Duty of Care: The plaintiff must establish that the defendant owed the plaintiff a legal “duty of care,” meaning the defendant had a responsibility to take certain measures or avoid certain actions that could cause foreseeable injury or harm.
  • Breach: The plaintiff must also prove that the defendant breached, or failed to uphold, the duty of care. Most often, this involves proving that the defendant acted negligently, recklessly, or wrongfully (unlawfully) in some way.
  • Injury: The plaintiff must also demonstrate that they suffered an injury. In personal injury cases, an “injury” may be physical in nature, or it may be emotional or financial. In other words, the plaintiff must show that their “injury” involved some type of harm that led to measurable losses.
  • Causation: The final element of most successful personal injury lawsuits is “causation.” This involves proving that the defendant’s conduct, or breach of the duty of care, was the proximate or direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries and related damages.

At Smith, Ball & Báez, our Lake Worth personal injury attorneys are well-versed in all aspects of investigating, proving, and litigating personal injury claims. We have successfully handled very complex cases, securing millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Most importantly, we have recovered the results our clients need to heal and move forward with their lives.

What Types of Damages Are Available in Personal Injury Cases?

By filing a personal injury claim, you can seek financial compensation for your “damages,” or the economic and non-economic losses you have suffered as a result of your injuries.

Some types of damages that are commonly available in personal injury cases in Florida include:

  • Emergency medical care costs
  • Ambulance and hospital fees
  • Medications and medical devices
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Ongoing and future medical care
  • Miscellaneous medical expenses
  • Lost income, wages, and benefits
  • Loss of future earnings
  • Emotional distress and anguish
  • In-home assistance and medical care
  • Lost or diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

If the defendant was grossly negligent or intentionally caused injury, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. These are meant to punish the defendant for their actions (or inactions) and deter others from acting similarly in the future.

How Our Personal Injury Team Can Help

At Smith, Ball & Báez, our Lake Worth personal injury attorneys have decades of experience and a long track record of success in all types of claims, including those involving:

We are here to guide you through the process and provide the answers you need to make empowered decisions about your health, your recovery, and your future. We offer compassionate, highly personalized, and aggressive legal representation to clients in and around Palm Beach County and all of the surrounding areas.

Submit a secure online contact form or call us at (561) 500-HELP to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today.

What Sets Us Apart

Committed to Fighting for Justice for the Injured
  • Over $100 Million Recovered

    Our results speak for themselves, and our team is dedicated to winning for you.

  • AV-Rated With Martindale Hubbell

    We are ranked by the most prestigious peer review rating an attorney can receive for high ethical standards and professional ability.

  • Over 65 Years of Experience

    With over 65 years of combined experience, our attorneys know what it takes to win for you while adhering to the highest ethical standards.

  • Award-Winning Attorneys

    Our attorneys are committed to excellence and are recognized for their hard work with many accolades from the legal community.

  • We're Not Afraid to Litigate

    We're trial lawyers at heart and don't shy away from the courtroom; we'll put our compassionate tenacity to work for you.

  • A Florida Firm With Extensive Resources

    No case is too big; we'll utilize our large network of experts, connections in the legal community, and deep well of resources to help you win.

Real Reviews from Real Clients

We're Deeply Committed to Every Case
    Highly Recommend

    “Always available, any emails that were sent were promptly answered, we never felt that we were a burden to them. Would highly recommend this firm to anyone seeking a positive outcome.”

    - Tony B.
    Scott and his team are truly amazing and will work hard for your rights.

    “Scott and his team are truly amazing and will work hard for your rights. From the time you walk in you are welcomed at the reception with a warm smile by Isabel, then the legal team in the back is always ready to help you.”

    - Juan L.
    Great recovery and excellent to work with!

    “Mr. Smith and his staff were amazing every step of the way during the intimidating legal process to those of us who are not used to it.”

    - Maryann V.
    These kind folks are highly recommended.

    “Scott Smith was very responsive to my case and kept me well informed about the progress that was being made on my behalf.”

    - Neal H.
    Working with Mr. Baez and Kimberly was a wonderful experience.

    “Working with Mr. Baez and Kimberly was a wonderful experience. Anytime that you need to enlist legal services there is a certain degree of uncertainty and anxiety.”

    - Kevin M.
    Nothing short of AMAZING.

    “If you are reading this there is no need to look any further! Nelson Baez, Kimberly Simpson, and the team have been nothing short of AMAZING.”

    - Darlene H.
    I will always call on Smith, Ball, & Baez, honest, fair, and family.

    “Called looking for a lawyer and was treated more like family. The first person that actually cared about my case other than myself. Marci Ball Elordi exceeded all my expectations, got me back everything I was owed, and more.”

    - Jeff B.
    Smith and Ball is unlike any other injury law firm!

    “Smith and Ball is unlike any other injury law firm! Marci and Scott set themselves apart from other attorneys not only in their work ethic, skill, and decades of experience but in their compassion and dedication to their clients!”

    - Andrea L.
    I would recommend Marci Ball to anyone needing a good and caring attorney.

    “Attorney Marci Ball handled a case for me while I was going through personal trying times. She did so in a very professional and empathetic manner.”

    - Jeannine V.
    If I could give them ten stars I would!!

    “The Law Offices of Smith & Ball were awesome from start to finish. They walked me through what was going to happen step by step. Communicated well all the time.”

    - Ryan S.

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