After a boat/jet ski accident, you might wonder if you need a lawyer. That might lead you to worry about how much it will cost. Thankfully, accident lawyers work on contingency, which means:
- Your lawyer only gets paid if they win you money.
- If your lawyer wins your case, they get a percentage of what you win.
- There are no upfront fees to get started.
Boat/jet ski accident lawyers take a percentage of what you win — only if you win. That means no risk for you to hire them.
If someone else caused your boat/jet ski accident, you might be entitled to compensation. An experienced lawyer can make a huge difference in your case outcome. To learn more about our fee structure at John Foy & Associates, call (404) 400-4000 for a FREE consultation.
How Do Boat/Jet Ski Accident Lawyers Charge for Their Services?
Most boat/jet ski accident lawyers work on a contingency fee. They only get payment from you if they win your case. The contingency fee is a percentage of whatever you win.
You and your lawyer will agree to a fixed fee percentage before working together. If they win you a settlement or court award, they’ll deduct their fee.
Your lawyer will typically receive the settlement check and take out their fee first. Then, they’ll send you the rest. Again, if your lawyer does not win you compensation, they do not receive a payment.
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The Fee Percentage for a Boat/Jet Ski Accident Case
The average percentage for accident lawyers is usually 33% of what you win. Thirty-three percent is a pretty standard fee, but the price can be higher for more complicated cases:
- If your lawyer settles your claim out of court, the cost is usually around the average 33%.
- If you end up needing to file a lawsuit or go to court, the fee could be up to around 40% of your settlement.
The exact contingency fee will depend on many factors. Also, be wary of a lawyer who charges a very low percentage. Although the lower price might be beneficial for your wallet, it could be a sign of inexperience. You want a lawyer who understands boat/jet ski accident claims.
During the consultation, you’ll want to discuss the contingency fee. Ask the attorney if their fee changes based on the case details. They should let you know what to expect. You’ll be able to sign agreements about the fees.
A lawyer will likely charge more if your case involves a lot more work. However, your recovery potential is generally higher with complicated cases. Even if the contingency fee increases, your lawyer is fighting for much better compensation.
Other Possible Case Costs
As a lawyer works your case, they will incur expenses like:
- Courts costs
- Administrative fees
- Accident report costs
- Medical records expenses
- Expert witness fees
- Deposition costs
- Investigator fees
- Postage or copying expenses
Most of the time, an attorney will pay for these costs as they come. Then, they’ll deduct the totals from your settlement. You should receive an itemized list explaining each additional charge.
In some situations, a lawyer might ask you to reimburse fees upfront. Other law firms might absorb certain expenses altogether. Ask the attorney about how they handle these costs.
At John Foy & Associates, we’ll make sure you are clear on all expenses before working with us. We believe there should be no surprises or unexpected costs for you. To learn more during a FREE consultation, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online.
Factors That Affect the Lawyer’s Percentage
A lawyer’s contingency fee can vary based on:
- How much experience they have
- The familiarity with boating rules and regulations
- Their practice location
- The complexity of your case
- Your personal injury damages
- The law firm’s size
- How much your settlement or recovery could be
Don’t be afraid to ask a lawyer about their fee. They can explain why they charge what they do. Experienced law firms will be confident in their costs and how they can help you.
When Does a Boat/Jet Ski Accident Lawyer Take Their Fee?
Your lawyer will probably receive the settlement check from the insurance company. They can take their contingency fee from the settlement before sending it to you. Since injury lawyers get their payment after a case, this method ensures they get their percentage.
What if Your Boat/Jet Ski Accident Case Goes to Trial?
If you need to take your case to trial, the lawyer’s fee could be higher. Be sure to ask your attorney about how they will handle this.
Lawsuits take time and money. Your lawyer will only take the case to trial if they are confident you can win. The lawyer’s fee is higher when going to trial because there is a lot more involved. They will need to:
- Investigate and obtain evidence during the discovery
- Prepare for negotiation during the mediation
- Build a strong case to present at trial
There are also specific costs involved with going to trial. They might need trial exhibits, have deposition fees, and more. An experienced lawyer will do everything possible to increase your chances of winning at trial. If they are successful, you will win the compensation you deserve.
Talk to a Boat/Jet Ski Accident Lawyer for Free Today
If someone else’s actions injured you in a boat/jet ski accident, John Foy & Associates can help. We have over 20 years of experience, and we are not afraid to fight for the compensation you deserve.
To get a FREE, no-risk consultation, call (404) 400-4000, or contact us online. We do not charge you unless we win your case.