After a boat/jet ski accident, you might wonder if you need a lawyer. Then, you might question the cost. It’s normal to worry about a lawyer being expensive to hire, but there is good news. Lawyers charge for boat/jet ski accident claims in a way that is risk-free for you.
Most accident lawyers work on contingency, which we’ll explain below. Before hiring an attorney, schedule a consultation to learn more. You can ask about the lawyer’s fees and how they’ll handle your case. At John Foy & Associates, we’re completely transparent about what to expect when working with us.
To discuss your case and how we can help, call us for a FREE consultation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started.
How Much Will a Boat/Jet Ski Accident Lawyer Cost?
Those who take on boat/jet ski accident claims are typically personal injury lawyers. Most personal injury lawyers work on contingency. The lawyer’s pay is contingent on whether they win you compensation.
With a contingency fee agreement, your lawyer only gets paid if they win your case. If they win you compensation, they receive a percentage of what you win. If your lawyer does not win you a recovery, they do not receive any payment.
Here’s what to understand about the contingency fee structure:
- A lawyer’s contingency fee is usually around 33% (or one-third) of what they win for you.
- If you file a lawsuit or go to trial, the fee is typically higher.
- The lawyer fee for most boat/jet ski accident claims is between 33% and 40% of what you recover.
Before hiring a lawyer, you’ll want to get clear on their fees. They should explain how they charge for their services. You should both sign a fee agreement detailing how the structure works.
Are There Any Other Costs a Lawyer Charges for Boat/Jet Ski Accident Claims?
Besides the contingency fee, there will be additional costs associated with your case. As your lawyer works for you, they will keep track of extra expenses. Most of the time, your lawyer will pay for these costs as they come up. It’s rare for an attorney to request repayment right away.
Expenses that your lawyer might have include:
- Court filing fees
- Investigator costs
- Medical record copies
- Copying or printing expenses
If your case goes to trial, the additional costs will be higher. Your lawyer could have expenses for expert witness fees, trial exhibits, and more. If you’re concerned about these costs, discuss them with your lawyer during the consultation.
Most injury lawyers wait until your case ends before addressing extra costs. That way, you won’t have to worry about paying for anything out-of-pocket. Also, ask your lawyer about how they handle these costs if you don’t win your case.
How You Pay Your Lawyer After Your Boat/Jet Ski Accident Case Settles
If you win a settlement or court award, your lawyer will typically receive the check first. They deduct their contingency fee from the settlement. They’ll also take out additional costs they incurred while working on your case.
Your lawyer should create an itemized list of the extra expenses so that there are no surprises. If you have any questions about a fee, ask them.
After deducting the above costs, your lawyer will send the remaining settlement to you. The money will be yours to use as needed. You can repay your accident-related expenses and more.
Is a Boat/Jet Ski Accident Lawyer Necessary?
Hiring a lawyer after an injury accident is very beneficial. Plus, research has shown you’re more likely to get a fair settlement offer with a lawyer. According to a study on paying for auto injuries, injury victims with a lawyer won 3.5 times more than those without a lawyer.
Although lawyers do take a fee if they win your boat/jet ski accident claim, you’re still likely to go home with more. Even with the contingency fee, you increase your chances of paying for all of your accident costs.
An experienced lawyer will know how to handle each step of the personal injury claim process. At the very least, we recommend scheduling a consultation to learn your legal options. To get a FREE, no-risk consultation with John Foy & Associates, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
How a Lawyer Can Help Your Case
A lawyer’s goal is to recover your costs as fully as possible. You should not have to pay for expenses that were not your fault. You are entitled to compensation for your damages resulting from your injury (Georgia Code Section 51-12-4).
With the above in mind, a boat/jet ski accident lawyer will help your case by:
- Investigating your accident
- Compiling evidence of the at-fault party’s negligence
- Calculating all of your accident damages
- Communicating with the insurance company
- Negotiating for a fair settlement
- Taking your case as far as is necessary
Most boat/jet ski accident victims have never had to handle the legal process. But lawyers have years of education and experience for that very reason. They can build you a strong case while you focus on healing.
Talk to a Boat/Jet Ski Accident Lawyer for Free Today
At John Foy & Associates, we never charge upfront for our services. We’re proud to work on contingency because it’s the best setup for our clients. We can help you build a strong case to seek the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today for a FREE, no-obligation consultation. We’ll answer your questions and talk about how we can help you.
To schedule your FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.