How much it will cost to hire a car accident lawyer depends on the firm you choose to represent you. Often, firms focused on personal injury law and motor vehicle accident cases charge nothing upfront for their services. A personal injury lawyer with our firm can take your case on a contingency fee basis, meaning our fees come from your successful settlement or verdict.
What Is a Contingency Fee and How does It Work?
Many car accident lawyers, including the personal injury attorneys at our firm, take accident claim cases on a contingency fee arrangement. Under a contingency fee agreement, we represent you in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of your case winnings. This means we do not get paid until after your case is won or settled, and you owe us no money out-of-pocket for our legal services.
According to the Legal Information Institute (LII), there are ethical guidelines lawyers must follow when entering into a contingency agreement with a client:
- Attorneys must present clients with a written copy of the contingency agreement (contract)to sign.
- The agreement should clearly outline the attorney’s fees and how the client will pay.
- The agreement should include a list of expenses the client is responsible for, regardless of the case’s outcome.
- Attorneys may not enter into a contingency agreement with cases involving criminal charges, divorce, or domestic relations.
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How Much Compensation Can You Recover for Your Car Accident?
The amount of compensation you can receive in your case will depend on the specifics of your car accident and the damages you suffered. An accident settlement from the insurance company will be based on your financial losses. Accident settlements can also be influenced by the future losses you are expected to experience, such as a reduction in your earning capacity.
Insurance adjusters working for the insurance company often focus on what is best for the company, not what is best for you. This is why it is important to have an experienced lawyer in your corner. If the insurance company does not offer an adequate settlement, it may be necessary to file an accident lawsuit and fight for compensation through the court.
Recoverable Damages in a Car Accident Case
Recoverable damages in a personal injury claim may include the following:
- Medical bills. You can recover current and future medical expenses, including ambulance transportation, emergency medical treatment, medical procedures, hospitalizations, medications, doctor fees, physical therapy, long-term care services, and ongoing medical treatment.
- Lost income. You can seek compensation for your lost income and benefits, bonuses, tips, and earnings. Additionally, if your car accident resulted in a permanent or disabling injury that prevents you from working or returning to your previous job, we can pursue awards for your lost future earnings and lost earning potential.
- Non-economic damages. You can seek compensation for your non-economic or intangible losses. This includes pain and suffering, loss of mobility, loss of cognitive functioning, stress, depression, anxiety, scarring, disfigurement, and quality-of-life reductions.
- Vehicle damages and various expenses. We can pursue compensation to pay for vehicle repairs or a replacement vehicle if the damages constitute a total loss. We can also seek awards for other expenses, such as rental car fees and household services.
- Wrongful death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that more than 42,915 Americans died from motor vehicle accident injuries in 2021. If you lost your loved one to a fatal injury, you may qualify for wrongful death compensation.
How Long do You Have to Take Action in a Car Accident Case?
Your state’s statute of limitations determines how long you have to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. If the deadline expires, it will likely result in the court dismissing your case. Certain exceptions make the filing deadline even shorter, so you should get started on your case as soon as you can. Our auto accident attorneys can tell you more about the laws near you and help you get started before time runs out.
Do You Need to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?
You can file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit without a lawyer. However, if you have severe injuries, or significant financial damages, or the at-fault party’s insurer disputes your claim, you may want to hire a car accident attorney to protect your rights. Our firm can:
- File claims against any applicable insurance policies you hold
- File an insurance claim against the at-fault driver
- Handle case-related paperwork, deadlines, and communications
- Collect case evidence, including police reports, eyewitness accounts, surveillance footage, and physical data
- Hire experts, such as medical professionals, crash reconstruction specialists, and economists
- Identify and pursue the damages you suffered
- Aggressively negotiate to secure appropriate compensation for you
- File a lawsuit and represent you at trial if necessary
Choosing the Right Attorney to Handle Your Car Accident Case
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) advises those seeking representation to choose a lawyer with experience with their type of case. We focus on serving personal injury clients, including car, truck, and motorcycle accident victims. Furthermore, hiring a car accident attorney with our firm will cost you nothing upfront or out of pocket.
Reach Out to a Car Accident Lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC Today
The Morris Bart law firm has fought for the rights of the injured since 1980. Our team includes more than 100 lawyers and 150 legal team members ready to put decades of experience to work for you and your family.
We have 15 offices across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. Call us today for a free consultation and connect with a car accident attorney near you.
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