Stuart Personal Injury Lawyers
Serving Clients Throughout the Treasure Coast
At Smith, Ball, Báez & Prather, we devote 100 percent of our practice to personal injury law. This focused approach allows us to dedicate all of our time, efforts, and resources to helping victims of serious bodily injury and negligence fight for the fair compensation they are owed.
We help individuals and families with all types of personal injury matters, including cases involving:
- Boat Accident
- Car Accident
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accident
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Truck Accident
- Wrongful Death
We are proud to represent clients throughout Florida, including in Stuart and throughout the Treasure Coast. Our Stuart & Treasure Coast personal injury lawyers provide personalized and compassionate legal representation, with an emphasis on direct attorney-client contact and communication. As a client, you can expect to receive a high level of service from our entire staff as we fight tirelessly to maximize your recovery and help you get back on your feet.
Continue reading to learn more, or contact us today at 561-500-HELP to get started with a free consultation with one of our Stuart personal injury lawyers.
Florida Personal Injury Laws & Your Rights
Under Florida personal injury laws, you are permitted to file a personal injury claim and/or lawsuit any time you are injured due to the negligent, wrongful, or intentional conduct of another. Generally speaking, if someone else was at least partly to blame for your injuries, you likely have the right to file a claim and receive compensation for your resulting damages.
One exception to this is when an injury results from a motor vehicle accident. Because Florida follows a no-fault car insurance system, you will typically need to file a claim with your own auto insurance provider after a car accident (with some exceptions). This allows you to recover compensation for certain covered losses, including a portion of your medical expenses and lost wages, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. If you wish to step outside the no-fault system and bring a claim against an at-fault drivers insurance company or sue an at-fault driver directly for damages, you will need to prove that your injury meets the states serious injury threshold.
The Statute of Limitations Affects the Amount of Time You Have to File a Lawsuit
Every state, including Florida, has what is known as a statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have to file your lawsuit; in Florida, the statute of limitations on most personal injury lawsuits is two years from the date of injury. For wrongful death lawsuits, the statute of limitations is just two years from the date of death.
While there are some exceptions, in most cases, you may not file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit if the statute of limitations has expired. Because of this, it is incredibly important that you act quickly after a serious accident or the loss of a loved one. While it may seem that you have a long time to bring your claim, the years can pass quickly and, as time goes on, evidence can be lost. The sooner you reach out to our Treasure Coast personal injury attorneys at Smith, Ball, Báez & Prather, the sooner we can begin putting together a powerful legal strategy on your behalf.
What Types of Damages Can You Recover in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
A personal injury lawsuit is a civil action, meaning the person or party that brings the claim (known as the plaintiff) seeks monetary compensation for certain losses, or damages, resulting from the defendants negligent or wrongful conduct.
While every case is unique, and the exact damages you may be entitled to receive will depend on the specifics of your situation, many people who file personal injury lawsuits are able to recover for:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Past, current, and future lost income, wages, and benefits
- Loss of earning ability due to permanent injury, impairment, or disability
- Past, current, and future physical and mental pain and suffering
- Significant and/or permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Costs associated with in-home assistance and care
- Transportation and other miscellaneous expenses
When you schedule a complimentary consultation with our team at Smith, Ball, Báez & Prather, we can review the details of your case and determine which types of damages you may be eligible to receive, as well as the potential overall value of your claim. We are happy to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have; reach out to us today to get started!
Learn How Our Firm Can Fight for You & Your Recovery
Smith, Ball, Báez & Prather was founded with the goal of providing personal injury clients with a high level of legal representation and compassionate, client-focused service. Our attorneys bring decades of collective trial experience to their practice of law, and we have successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We are known for actually trying cases; insurance companies are aware that we wont back down from even the toughest of fights in our pursuit of fair compensation for our clients. This approach often allows us to recover the results our clients need to heal and move forward with their lives.
We provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe any attorney fees unless/until we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf. At the successful conclusion of your case, any outstanding legal fees, including costs associated with litigation, are paid via a percentage of your recovery. In the unlikely event that we do not recover a settlement or verdict in your case, you do not pay.
Get in touch with us today at 561-500-HELP or contact us online and schedule a free consultation with one of our Stuart personal injury lawyers.