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Fort Pierce Bicycle Accident Attorneys

Cyclist and Road Cycling is one of the most popular ways to get around in Florida. Because of the Sunshine State’s temperate climate, commuters and exercise enthusiasts alike can enjoy cycling 12 months out of the year.

Despite the many health and environmental benefits of cycling, though, riding alongside traffic is always going to pose the risk of serious injury and even death. At the end of the day, bikes are no match for motor vehicles in forceful impacts.

If you or someone you love was struck by a drunk, distracted, or otherwise reckless motorist while cycling, contact Donaldson & Weston. Our personal injury lawyers will evaluate the circumstances of the incident to determine the most strategic way for you to proceed. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable and experienced Fort Pierce bicycle accident attorneys.

How to Calculate Pain and Suffering Damages in a Bicycle Accident Claim

The damages that result from a bicycle accident can be significant. In addition to economic damages like medical expenses and lost wages, victims may have to cope with physical pain and emotional suffering while they recover.

Although estimating economic damages can be fairly straightforward, quantifying pain and suffering poses a challenge because there are no accompanying receipts, records, or invoices. To overcome this problem, there are two widely accepted formulas for calculating pain and suffering.

The first approach is called the “multiplier method.” To apply this formula, simply multiply the total special damages, which includes your medical expenses and lost wages, by a factor that ranges from 1.5 to 5. More severe injuries or those that cause permanent scarring, disfigurement, or disability will warrant a higher multiplier.

The second approach is called the “per diem method.” This formula assigns a daily rate to your pain and suffering. It should be a fairly reasonable figure such as $200 or a full day’s wages. Then, multiply the daily rate by the number of days you spend recovering.

For example, if it takes you six months to reach maximum medical improvement and your attorney can justify using $150 as the daily rate, your lawyer would multiply $150 by 180 days and arrive at $27,000 for pain and suffering.

It’s important to note that these formulas are for estimating pain and suffering damages only. Even though insurance adjusters often use them to determine the total value of a claim, you are not necessarily guaranteed to recover the figure you arrive at simply because you used a widely accepted formula.

Fortunately, there are ways to contextualize your pain and suffering, which can help you prove that you deserve the compensation you are seeking. You can do this by supplementing your claim with:

  • Photographs of any visible wounds;
  • Diagnostic images;
  • Medical records;
  • Statements from medical experts; and
  • Journal entries detailing the ways in which the injuries are affecting your everyday life.
Discuss Your Case with a Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Fort Pierce

If you want to file a bicycle accident claim in Florida, turn to Donaldson & Weston. We have helped hundreds of clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Call 772-266-5555 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a compassionate personal injury attorney in Fort Pierce.

What Our Clients Say
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The attorneys at Donaldson & Weston helped me get an amazing result on my case. Obviously I’ve been through a lot physically but I feel better now and the money really helped my family. When I was riding my bicycle I was hit by a truck that wasn't paying attention. I am not the suing type, but I would definitely hire this firm again. - M.P.
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After my accident, i felt like I was being pulled in a bunch of different directions. I really didn't know what to do and all I wanted was someone to shoot me straight. The lawyers at the firm were so honest and definitely pointed me in the right direction. The staff was professional. I think it’s great that only attorneys work on my case, it definitely made me feel comfortable - D.L.
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After my accident happened I waited to hear back from the insurance company for about 6 months. I just felt like they kept jerking me around. They even told me not to hire an attorney because it would mean less money in my pocket. I couldn't wait any longer because my bills were out of hand. I hired this firm and they were solid. I got a great result without having to go to court. - S.C.