Were you recently injured in a bicycle accident caused by someone else? You may be feeling uncertain and confused. You may not know if you can pursue a legal claim against the person responsible, or how you would go about taking legal action. To ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve, you will likely need to consult with an attorney. Scroll down to learn what to look for in a bike injury lawyer.
Is Your Injury Serious Enough to Hire a Lawyer?
Suffering an injury in a bicycle accident caused by someone else can be devastating. If your injury is severe, working with a lawyer can greatly benefit you. However, if your injury was very minor, retaining a lawyer might not be necessary. Some of the situations that might require a lawyer include the following:
- Surgery was required or will be needed in the future.
- You suffered a traumatic brain injury.
- You suffered spinal or back injuries, including herniated discs, nerve damage, compression fractures, or limitations of the function of any of your extremities.
What to Look for in a Bike Injury Lawyer
There are several factors that you should consider when trying to find the right bike injury lawyer for your case.
First, start by searching for an attorney who focuses on personal injury law and has substantial experience litigating tort claims.
Second, look for an attorney who has experience with bicycle injury claims specifically, and keep in mind that bicycle accidents are different from motor vehicle accidents. You want to find a lawyer who understands the unique challenges that bicycle accident claims can involve.
Finally, you should meet with the lawyer you’re considering so that you can get a feel for what it will be like to work with him or her. Remember that when you hire a lawyer, you will be working with that person closely for a long period. Choose someone you trust to handle your claim and to keep the lines of communication open so that you always know what is happening with your claim.
What to Expect at a Consultation
Scheduling a consultation is a great way to get the ball rolling. When you meet with a lawyer at Ellis & Associates, we will want to learn about the facts of what happened. We will likely also ask you questions about your job, your injuries, your insurance coverage, and the medical professionals who have treated your injuries. If you took pictures at the accident scene, we will want to see them. We will also want to get copies of the police reports and the other party’s insurance and contact information. Gathering these types of documents ahead of your initial appointment can help us determine the legal merits of your claim.
We encourage you to ask questions throughout this process so that you can ensure we’re a good fit for your needs.
If you wish to move forward and we agree to accept your case, we will talk to you about how a contingency fee works and other aspects of our legal practice. After we agree to work together on your claim, we will talk to you about the next steps in the process and go over some documents that will need to be signed.
Schedule a Consultation with Ellis & Associates
Finding the right bike injury lawyer after an accident is important. At Ellis & Associates, our attorneys have decades of experience helping the victims of bicycle injury accidents recover full compensation for their losses. We are dedicated to helping the victims of negligence be made whole after their bicycle accidents, and we understand the importance of finding the right attorney. To learn more about your potential claim, schedule a free consultation with Ellis & Associates by calling 800-MR-ELLIS or contacting us online.