As a victim of a motorcycle accident, you (or your loved one) may have serious injuries and medical debt, but in a claim or lawsuit, you could recover some compensation for such damages and hold the responsible party accountable.
An Estero motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm can manage your legal action for you, recover the damages you’re due, and fight for the justice you deserve. You’ll be able to focus on your recovery.
The Damages Your Estero Motorcycle Accident Attorney Will Fight For
Depending on the nature of your case and your damages, your personal injury attorney may suggest filing a personal injury claim, a personal injury lawsuit, or a wrongful death suit. To assess your damages, your lawyer will help you list them and valuate them. Your list of compensable damages could include:
- Expenses related to your medical treatment and recovery (such as bills for emergency services and bills for physical therapy)
- The costs of the household services and related services you can no longer provide due to your injuries preventing you from working (such as house cleaning)
- Wages you can no longer earn due to your injuries
- The cost of repairing or replacing your motorcycle
- Pain and suffering
- Disability-related costs
- Funeral costs and related costs if you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident
How Motorcycle Accident Claims Work in Florida
Since Florida is a “no-fault” state, regardless of who is at fault for an accident, you must file claims through your insurers. Your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance will cover your medical damages, while the other driver’s Property Damage Liability (PDL) insurance will cover your property damages.
Certain damages, however, aren’t covered by insurers. For example, pain and suffering isn’t covered by PIP. Also, there are caps on damages like medical expenses and vehicle damages.
In your case, your medical bills, or the cost of the damage to your motorcycle, may exceed the amount covered by insurance. If so, filing a lawsuit instead of a claim may be the better option for you. One of our firm’s Estero motorcycle accident lawyers can either help you with a suit or help you pursue fair compensation with a claim.
In Florida, the owners of motorcycles are not required to carry PIP insurance. If you are involved in an accident with an uninsured motorcyclist, PIP would not be applicable to your claim. Also in Florida, Uninsured Motorist coverage has a statute of limitations of five years.
How Can a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Estero Help Me?
In addition to helping you decide between a claim or a suit, a lawyer from our firm can take over your case, file your legal action for you, and manage your case on your behalf. Managing your case entails the following and more:
- Evaluating your damages, including those damages that are typically difficult to valuate (such as pain and suffering and other intangible damages)
- Presenting your list of damages to insurers
- Collecting evidence for the case (such as your medical bills and any traffic camera footage of the accident)
- Confirming your evidence with testimony (such as testimony from a motorcycle accident reconstructionist)
- Establishing negligence and therefore liability in your case
- Negotiating your settlements with insurers
- Arguing your case before a judge and jury if necessary
Filing a Lawsuit Before the Deadline
Managing your case may also mean meeting the deadline for filing a lawsuit in Florida. A lawsuit may be or eventually become your best option, so your lawyer will progress your case in a timely manner in order to meet the deadline or keep the option open.
According to Florida Statutes § 95.11, Florida’s deadline for filing a motorcycle accident/personal injury lawsuit is 4 years from the date of the incident. Florida’s deadline for filing a wrongful death suit is 2 years from the date of the loss of life.
Explaining PIP and PDL to You
If you’re having any trouble understanding Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance, Property Damage Liability (PDL) insurance, and what each covers, your lawyer can go over all this with you in greater detail. Your lawyer will also go over what each kind of insurance does not cover.
About Our Estero Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Since 1995, our firm has been representing the people of Florida. We’ve been providing them with fair legal representation in their motorcycle accident cases, car accident cases, and other personal injury cases, as well as their wrongful death cases, and we work in other areas of law as well.
Over the years, we’ve developed excellent relationships with many different experts throughout Florida, including reconstructionists and scientists, and they’ve been able to offer invaluable testimonies for our clients’ cases. We’ve also hired many personal injury attorneys with diverse backgrounds and native languages, so your lawyer may be able to speak with you in your native language. Our lawyers speak Creole, Greek, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, Portuguese, Russian, and other languages.
Since we’re able to accommodate so many different clients, refer to many different experts, and take on many distinct cases, we’re very confident we can help you with your case. We’re also confident since we’ve achieved excellent results in our many other personal injury cases.
Your Lawyer Can Work for You on Contingency
You can choose how you’d like to pay your lawyer. For example, you can choose to pay your lawyer on a contingency basis, which means you won’t have to pay anything unless your lawyer recovers compensation in your case, and you’ll just pay your lawyer a portion of the recovery amount. For many of our clients, this is the most affordable way to hire an attorney.
Regardless of what you choose, your initial consultation with us will be free. During this consultation, we’ll provide a case review and offer advice about how to pursue compensation.
Connect With GED Lawyers for a Motorcycle Lawyer in Estero
Since the accident, you or your loved one may be struggling a lot. You might be facing a lengthy recovery time and hefty medical bills, and these issues may be complicating the rest of your life, like work and family life. To let yourself focus on the more important matters, leave your legal matters in the hands of an attorney from our firm. Your attorney in Estero will pursue compensation for you.
Contact GED Lawyers today for your free initial consultation and case review with a member of our team.