When thinking about the percentage your accident lawyer will take from your insurance settlement or court award, the answer will likely take into consideration the following factors:
- The time needed to build your case
- Whether your case goes to court
- The resources needed to prove your case
- The cost of your damages
- The extent of your injuries and whether they require ongoing treatment
Contingency Fees Are Taken from Damages In a Personal Injury Claim
You and your lawyer will agree on a percentage before your case even starts. That way, there will be no surprises throughout the development of your case. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligent or unlawful actions of another party, you might be able to bring a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
You could be compensated for damages, including:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Ongoing medical needs such as rehabilitative care
- Past and future lost wages from missed work
- Harm to your income-earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means that payment is contingent on the outcome of your case. You do not pay upfront legal fees because your lawyer takes his or her fees out of the compensation you are awarded. If you do not obtain compensation in the form of a settlement or award, you do not have to pay a fee.
Benefits of Working With a Contingency-fee Lawyer
If you are like most people, you probably assume that hiring an attorney is prohibitively expensive. The great thing about contingency fee law firms is that the lawyers’ fees are taken from the money you are awarded. You do not have to pay anything upfront and, even better, if your lawyer does not secure financial recovery for you, you pay nothing.
Contingency fees allow a person to gain the benefits of working with a lawyer during their case, even if they cannot afford lawyer fees at the beginning of their claim. Another benefit of working with a contingency fee lawyer is that the amount that the lawyer makes is directly tied to your settlement or award.
How Hiring an Accident Lawyer Can Benefit You
When you have an experienced accident lawyer on your side, you know that someone is advocating on your behalf. Your attorney can handle discussions and negotiations with the insurance companies and other parties for you. This is especially helpful when you are recovering from a painful injury.
Your lawyer can obtain evidence, witness statements, and testimony from experts to make your case as strong as possible. Your lawyer can use this evidence to argue for a settlement or award. A personal injury lawyer can help you if you or a loved one were hurt in an incident involving:
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Distracted driving
- Running a red light
- Truck driver negligence
You Must File Before the Louisiana Statute of Limitations Expires
When thinking about hiring a lawyer to represent you after an accident, it is important to remember that time is of the essence. The sooner you speak with us, the sooner one of our lawyers can get started on your case. The greater amount of time that passes between the accident and obtaining legal counsel, the harder it is to get evidence like witness statements.
Furthermore, there are time restrictions called “statutes of limitations” that limit when you can file a personal injury lawsuit after an accident. According to CC §3492, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is just one year.
If you wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a deceased loved one, your case will be subject to a one-year statute of limitations per CC §2315.2. Certain situations can reduce the amount of time that you have to file a case.
Contact an Attorney at Our Firm for a Free Consultation
We can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. We take injury cases on a contingency fee basis and, upon taking your case, we will explain what percentage our accident lawyers take. Call our team at (337) 777-7777 today for a free, confidential case evaluation.