If you have been in a motorcycle accident and want to seek compensation, your first question is likely to be “What am I entitled to?” Hopefully, this introduction to motorcycle accident claims will help you to understand the basics.
First off, it is important to know that you cannot calculate how much compensation you will receive based on the facts of your case, that is, how much your medical bills cost, what the loss to your wages was, etc. That is because a lot is up to the jury or judge that is trying your case. It is almost impossible to predict how much you will receive but the following is what you might be entitled to:
- Payment of hospital bills
- Compensation for income loss
- If your injuries are such that you can no longer work at your present job, then you can get compensation for the cost of having to learn a new job or skill.
- Compensation for suffering and pain, both the pain you endured at the time and any continued pain, for example, if you have chronic back pains as a result of the accident.
You should talk with an attorney about the particulars of your case to see what you can seek compensation for and what your chances of winning the case are. Consider also that you can seek a settlement with the other party and this may save you the time and expense of a drawn-out court case. If you do decide to settle the case, you will have to be willing to give and take on some points. You may have strong feelings about how much compensation you are entitled to; however, the other party likely has strong feelings about the issue as well. You will most likely have to be willing to compromise on some issues; if the other party is demanding too much of a compromise or is unwilling to come to a settlement, then the case will be tried by either a judge or a jury.
If you do decide to go on with a compensation case, then you may want to consider what kind of payment plan you work out with your lawyer. Some lawyers have a payment plan whereby you pay a certain percentage of the settlement you receive; if you do not receive anything, you do not have to pay any legal costs. This can be advantageous as then you do not have large legal bills to worry about if, for any reason, you do not win your case.
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