There is no set figure that lawyers charge for a personal injury claim, such as those involving motorcycle accidents or car accidents. Each lawyer sets their own rate, and attorney’s fees can vary widely between lawyers and cases.
At The Law Place, we offer a free consultation. That way, you can find out if you have a credible case. We work on a contingency basis, which means that we only take a percentage of your settlement if you are successful. If your case is unsuccessful, then hiring a lawyer won’t cost you anything. We will agree on this percentage with you before you agree to representation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, then contact The Law Place today for a free consultation. Our team of personal injury lawyers have a combined 75 years of experience and are available for a free case evaluation to speak about your specific case at no obligation.
Find out what compensation could be available to you, and find out what your next steps should be. Contact a committed attorney with The Law Place today by calling us on (941) 444-4444!
Compensation After a Motorcycle Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists continue to be overrepresented in fatal crashes. Motorcycles offer less protection and can often get lost in other drivers’ blind spots.
But other drivers have a duty to all road users to act in a reasonable way and keep those around them safe. If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you deserve compensation. An attorney can help you claim compensation for things such as:
- Medical expenses – In an accident case involving a motorcycle rider, the motorcyclist is likely to come out with the worst injuries. Medical fees can quickly accumulate, and it is not uncommon for injured bikers to end up in debt or even bankrupt. If the accident was not your fault, then you should not have to bear the strain of medical bills. Your attorney will work tirelessly to ensure that both your past expenses and the future costs of ongoing treatment are taken into account.
- Property damage – Property damage after auto accidents is inevitable. You may have damaged your motorcycle, phone, protective gear, and any other valuables that were on you at the time. You deserve to be compensated for the repair or replacement of anything damaged in the crash.
- Lost wages – Serious injuries leave victims unable to work, which usually results in lost wages. Your attorney will work to ensure that you are compensated for any income you have already lost, as well as any loss of future earning potential.
- Pain and suffering – These types of damages are designed to compensate you for the pain you are experiencing and your emotional suffering. It is not uncommon for people to be left with depression and anxiety after an accident. Especially if the accident was particularly traumatic, or their injuries have left them unable to participate in their usual activities, such as running or even playing with their children. Pain and suffering damages are highly subjective, but your attorney will know how to maximize your chances of receiving a high amount.
- Wrongful death – If you have lost a family member in a motorcycle or car accident that wasn’t their fault, then you can claim damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. In accordance with Florida Statute 768.21, a personal representative of the deceased estate can file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Statute of Limitations
Every state has a different statute of limitations that puts a limit on how long you have to make a personal injury claim.
In accordance with Florida Statute 95.11, you have four years from the date of the accident to make a personal injury claim in Florida. If you are claiming on behalf of a loved one in a wrongful death lawsuit, then you have just 2 years.
This might sound like a long time, but personal injury cases can take a long time, especially if liability is unclear or the injuries are severe. It is also a good idea to contact a law firm quickly so that they can get right to work while the evidence is still well-preserved.
How Do No-Win-No-Fee Contingency Cases With Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Work?
Some people are so concerned about the lawyer fee that they never hire a lawyer for their motorcycle accident case. But, those who go without a lawyer often end up with much less compensation than what they deserve. Remember, insurance companies did not get to be as big as they are by giving out large amounts of compensation – and they know all the tricks to minimize your claim.
Hiring a lawyer protects your rights and helps to make sure that you receive a fair amount of compensation. But we understand your concerns, and we believe that everyone should have access to quality legal representation. That’s why we offer a free legal consultation – so we can put all your worries to rest before you agree to representation.
We also work on a contingency fee agreement, which means that the cost of the lawyer, and even the legal fees, will be subtracted from your final settlement once you win your case. If your case is unsuccessful, you will not be charged anything.
Your attorney will form an agreement with you before you sign up for representation. The percentage of your settlement they will take will depend on the nature of your case. However, once everything is signed and agreed upon, the percentage will not change.
We believe that people should be able to fight for their rights without financial risks. This is why we are committed to no hidden fees, upfront costs, or nasty surprises – and also why all of our contingency cases are monitored by The State Bar Association.
If you are looking around for the right attorney for your case, it is important to consider fees. Some law firms may work on a contingency fee for their attorneys while still charging you for legal fees. Be sure to ask about the costs involved in your case before you agree to representation.
Personal Injury Cases That Are Settled Out of Court
Motorcycle accident claims that are settled outside of court result in the least amount of expenses and fees. Your attorney can normally take up to 33% of a settlement finalized outside of court, but this figure can vary and will be agreed upon with your attorney beforehand.
Your agreement may also change if your claim is worth over particular thresholds. Once your settlement reaches one million dollars, two million dollars, or above two million dollars, the percentage a lawyer can take may increase. Again, this should be agreed upon beforehand.
Motorcycle Accident Cases That Make It to Trial
Court cases are expensive, and so contingency fees usually work a little differently if your claim makes it to trial.
The percentage your lawyer takes will likely increase if your case goes to court, and they are usually entitled to up to 40% of your settlement. But again, this can vary and goes up if your case is worth over a million dollars.
Just like cases that do not go to court, these percentages will be agreed upon by you and your lawyer before you agree to representation.
What Happens in Personal Injury Cases Where the Case Is Appealed?
If your case is appealed, then this could also affect your attorney fees. For example, your attorney may charge an additional 5% contingency fee on the final settlement.
Are Other Expenses Counted on Top of a Contingency Fee?
As your case is under contingency, you will not pay anything if your case is unsuccessful. If it is successful, then there are other expenses that may be considered.
Practice standards established by The American Bar Association dictate that expenses are deducted from the settlement or judgment initially. Only then can the percentage paid to your attorney be calculated.
- The cost deposition.
- The cost of the time of expert witnesses.
- The cost of research and evidence collection.
- The travel costs for your motorcycle accident lawyer.
- Fees related to filing and acquiring official documents.
- The cost of expert motor vehicle accident recreation teams.
- The cost of acquisition for police reports and medical records.
- Court and court reporter fees.
- The cost of mediation.
Not all of these expenses will apply to every case. At The Law Place, we will work hard to minimize costs related to your case and maximize the amount you receive.
We will also contact you with an itemized bill of the expenses of conducting your case so you know exactly what you are paying for.
What Personal Injury Lawyers Can Do for You
Motorcycle accident claims can be complex. Legal processes can be lengthy and stressful, especially if you do not have experience dealing with legal matters.
A motorcycle accident attorney can guide you through every stage of your journey, including providing legal advice, speaking to your insurance company, filing the right paperwork, gathering evidence, speaking to other lawyers, and more.
They will also know how to maximize the amount you receive in compensation by working with you to build and prepare the strongest case possible.
Dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be painful and stressful, and you shouldn’t have to face it alone. At the very least, you should seek a free consultation and find out what we can do for you.
Speak to a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today
At The Law Place, we work on a no-win-no-fee basis. This means that you can never be left out of pocket.
We will do everything possible for your case, but don’t take our word for it. Most of our attorneys are AVVO rated 10.0, based on past client reviews, awards, and years in service
If your case is successful, while we do take a percentage, it is important to note that most people who are represented by a lawyer end up with a larger payout than those who don’t, even when their legal fees are taken into account.
Call us now for a free consultation at (941) 444-4444!