Fort Walton Beach Personal Injury Lawyers
Helping You Get Back on Your Feet
If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligent or wrongful behavior, you have the right to take legal action and seek fair compensation for your injuries. You should not have to simply deal with the resulting medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, and mental suffering caused by someone else’s negligence—and the Law Office of J.J. Talbott can help protect your rights.
Our Fort Walton Beach personal injury lawyers have recovered more than $100 million in compensation for the injured and the families of those wrongfully killed throughout Okaloosa County and the surrounding areas. We have decades of combined legal experience and a reputation for winning results. Our attorneys offer personalized and compassionate client counsel, coupled with aggressive advocacy in and out of the courtroom.
Contact us online or by phone at (850) 695-8331 to learn more, including how we can help you fight for the justice you deserve.
When to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit
After an accident, you may be wondering whether you can file a personal injury lawsuit and, if so, how long you have to bring your claim. In Florida, there is a four-year statute of limitations on negligence-based personal injury lawsuits. This means that, in most cases, you have only four years from the date on which you were injured to sue the liable party for damages.
Before bringing your claim, however, you must first determine whether you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
In most cases, this means that you will have to prove the following:
- You were injured
- Your injury led to measurable damages
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- The defendant failed to uphold this duty of care
- The defendant’s conduct was the proximate cause of your injuries
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, you will also have to prove that you sustained a “serious” injury (as defined by the state) in order to step outside Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system and bring a lawsuit against the liable party.
Determining Liability in Your Case
One of the most important elements of any personal injury claim is the question of liability. “Liability” refers to an individual or entity’s legal responsibility to another person or party. In other words, the liable party in your case is the one responsible for paying your damages.
Most often, the person or party that directly or indirectly caused your injuries is the one responsible for your damages. For example, if you sustained a traumatic brain injury in a crash with a drunk driver, the drunk driver would be liable, as they negligently broke the law by driving while impaired. If you slipped and fell on a wet floor in a grocery store, and there were no signs warning you of the dangerous condition, you could hold the store owner or manager liable for your resulting damages.
In some cases, fault is shared between multiple parties, including the victim. If you were partly to blame for the incident that caused your injuries, you could still have a case under Florida’s pure comparative negligence rule. This rule allows you to seek compensation for your damages, but the amount you can recover will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
For example, if you are found to be 20% at fault for the incident, you can only recover up to 80% of the amount you are seeking in damages. Depending on the amount you are seeking, this could mean the difference between thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in your pocket. This is why it is extremely important that you work with a skilled personal injury lawyer who can investigate the incident and determine whether you were truly partially to blame.
How Much Is a Personal Injury Case Worth?
Without a review of your case, it is impossible to say exactly how much your personal injury claim could be worth. This is because the value of a personal injury claim depends on many unique factors specific to each individual case.
Some of these factors include:
- The severity of your injury
- The cost of your medical care
- Your degree of fault (if any) in causing the injury
- Whether fault is shared between multiple parties
- How your injury affects your everyday life
- The extent of your pain and suffering
- Projected future care costs and other expenses
At the Law Office of J.J. Talbott, we evaluate all relevant factors when determining how much a client’s claim might be worth. Our attorneys consider your current needs, as well as the long-term impact of your injuries. Then, we fight for every penny you are owed.
Depending on the specific details of your case, you could be entitled to compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Future care costs
- Lost income/wages
- Loss of earning ability
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and trauma
- In-home assistance and care
- Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses
If your loved one passed away due to the negligent, reckless, or careless conduct of another, you could be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit and seek certain damages meant to compensate you and your family for the emotional and economic losses you have endured.
One thing many people do not realize after an accident or injury is that insurance companies are not on their side. In fact, many insurance companies will aggressively dispute claims or argue that a claimant was partially or even mostly at fault for their injuries. Some will even wrongfully deny claims.
When you work with an experienced personal injury lawyer, like those at the Law Office of J.J. Talbott, you can protect your rights and best interests against the insurance company’s efforts to underpay or deny your claim. Our attorneys will be there for you throughout the entire process, protecting your rights and fighting for the best possible outcome in your case—even if that means going to trial.
How Our Fort Walton Beach Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help
At the Law Office of J.J. Talbott, we help clients with all types of personal injury cases, including claims involving:
- Bicycle accidents
- Car accidents
- Dangerous drugs
- Defective products
- Dog bites
- Drunk driving accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Pedestrian accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- Slip and falls
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful death
We also help people who have suffered work-related injuries and illnesses seek fair workers’ compensation benefits or pursue third-party work injury claims. If you have suffered a permanent injury or disability, we can also assist you in seeking Social Security disability (SSD) benefits.
Our Fort Walton Beach personal injury attorneys understand the challenges you are facing, and we want to help. We encourage you to reach out to us today to schedule an initial consultation and case evaluation with our team. There are no legal fees unless/until we win your case.
Reach us online using our secure contact form or by phone at (850) 695-8331.
"J.J. Talbott Testimonials"
"He reminds me of a young Johnny Cochran. They were both born with skills and then polished them….. He is a true attorney! I would recommend him to anyone and I would give him a 10 out of 10."- Langford C.
"Mr. Talbott helped me when I was involved in a car accident. I was hesitant to talk to an attorney, but after I did I couldn’t be happier….Their firm Blew Me Away! I would recommend them to anyone and in fact, I have already recommended them to a lot of my friends. Thank you, JJ."- Michelle D.
"He has actually handled two cases for me. He handled my workers comp and my social security after I was hurt at work. I send people to them all the time. I would definitely use him again, for anything. He even gave me his cell number and would take my calls after hours. They’re great!"- Ginger L.
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Whether you’re one of the 250,000+ Floridians injured in an auto accident each year, or you’ve suffered an injury at work and your employer’s insurance company is not co-operating, the Law Office of J.J. Talbott can help get you the compensation you deserve. Founder, J.J. Talbott is among the 1% of trial lawyers in the United States who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.Meet J.J. Talbott
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