It may not cost anything for you to hire an Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer, as you may find a lawyer who will represent you on a contingency-fee basis. A contingency fee means that your lawyer only gets paid if they win compensation for you through a settlement or judgment, as the American Bar Association (ABA) explains. That is, their fee is contingent on securing compensation for your losses. You may have to pay certain fees if your lawyer does not win your case, but you may not pay a dime for your attorney’s efforts.
Contingency Fees Expand Access to Representation
There is a clear benefit to lawyers offering contingency-fee payment: those who cannot afford to pay a lawyer upfront do not have to. Instead, clients pay their attorney as a percentage of any winnings that they collect from a settlement or judgment. This may generally mean that:
- A greater number of clients can have access to legal services, rather than only those who can afford hourly lawyer fees (which can be quite high, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes)
- Your lawyer will take your case based on whether they believe it is worthwhile, rather than your ability to pay them upfront
- Your lawyer will have a clear stake in fighting hard to win your case, as they will not get paid for their services unless you secure a judgment or settlement
Being able to hire a lawyer at no upfront or out-of-pocket cost could be especially helpful considering that you may be facing extensive losses from a motorcycle accident.
Your Lawyer May Value Your Losses
Though it may cost you nothing to hire an Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer, the accident itself could cost you dearly. You may face straightforward expenses such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- The cost of repairing or replacing your motorcycle
- The cost of transportation while your motorcycle is out of commission
- The cost of rehabilitation for your injuries
- The cost of a permanent or long-lasting disability from an earnings perspective
- The cost of psychological therapy
You may face other losses with costs that are less clear, but very much real. Some non-economic costs of being in a motorcycle accident may include:
- Conditions such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Loss of cognitive abilities such as memory and focus
- Loss of your sense of freedom if your injuries prevent you from caring for yourself
- Loss of physical abilities
- The loss of a loved one
It may be difficult for you to put a price tag on these losses, but valuing both your economic and non-economic losses will be part of your lawyer’s job. They may enlist help from experts in certain fields to help them create a total figure for your losses.
Your Lawyer May Complete Your Insurance Claim or Lawsuit
You may generally seek compensation through either an insurance settlement or a lawsuit, which may lead to either a pre-trial settlement or judgment. A lawyer can assist you in either case.
If you would like to seek compensation through insurance, then your lawyer will defend your rights against agents of an auto insurance industry that raked in $285 billion in revenues in 2019, according to Yahoo! Finance. Insurance companies may have lawyers, ample resources, and oft-used tactics at their disposal, and may try to persuade you to settle for less compensation than you deserve.
If your lawyer is not able to negotiate fair compensation with insurance companies, then they may seek a fairer result through a lawsuit. In the process of bringing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit for you, your lawyer may:
- Provide advice and strategy throughout the legal process
- Gather all available evidence that relates to your accident
- Name defendants and file your lawsuit
- Notify defendants that they are being sued
- Put together your case, including witness testimony, documentation of your injuries, and the reasoning for why you deserve compensation
- Negotiate a pre-trial settlement with attorneys for defendants named in your lawsuit
- Complete a trial
Your lawyer will either secure a pre-trial settlement or take your case to trial. In either case, you may walk away with compensation covering losses from your motorcycle accident. You could collect awards from the motorist who caused your accident as well as any other parties whose actions contributed to your losses.
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