If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, it is essential to retain an experienced motorcycle accident attorney if you want to receive the compensation you deserve. If you are worried about whether you can afford to do this, you can rest easy. Most motorcycle accident attorneys handle these cases on a contingency fee basis.
How Does a Contingency Fee Agreement Work?
When a lawyer agrees to handle your case on a contingency fee basis, you do not owe any attorney fees upfront. Here is how this agreement works:
- You only owe attorney fees when the lawyer settles your claim or wins your case at a jury trial. If you lose your case, you do not owe any attorney fees.
- Your attorney will charge you a percentage of your settlement. Different lawyers may charge different percentages as their fees, so it is important to check into this before hiring one. However, the fees should only be one consideration in your decision on who to pick. An attorney’s experience handling motorcycle accident cases and track record of success is also very important.
- At the end of your case, the attorney fees that you owe are deducted from your settlement and the remaining balance is paid to you.
In addition to attorney fees, you will also owe the costs associated with filing your claim. They can include record copying fees, lawsuit filing and service fees, expert witness fees, and deposition costs. Some attorneys will require you to pay these costs as they are incurred while others will pay them and then deduct them from your settlement. Ask how your lawyer will handle these fees before hiring him.
Most attorneys offer a free initial consultation. You should take advantage of this offer to get advice on your case, learn about the lawyer’s experience in motorcycle accident cases, and find out what attorney fees he will charge you.
Have You Been Injured in a Kansas City Area Motorcycle Accident?
If you've been injured in a car accident, you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.