FAQs

I was in a bicycle accident. Do I have a case?
If you or a family member find yourself in a bicycle accident where damages need to be recovered, you have a case. Any incident in which you encounter damages or an injury due to negligence or fault of another driver is qualified to open a lawsuit against them.
Do I need a lawyer?
In short, a lawyer is not required. In our experience however, hiring a professional attorney is most helpful if you want to get the best settlement possible for your case and to ensure the Insurance companies involved know you are serious about recovering damages as well as receiving just compensation. Hiring an experienced attorney will also allow you and your family to focus on recovering from the accident. The time and money it takes to file and complete a case is lengthy, at best. We are happy to provide a free consultation for your accident.
How much will I get from my settlement?
Each case is different. Generally, the worse the injuries and damages, the higher the settlement. However, you also have to consider non-physical damage that has been done, such as loss of income, medical expenses, quality of life losses and more.
An insurance company has already offered me a settlement. Why should I hire an attorney to do the same?
More often than not, insurance companies only offer settlements on cases they want to nip in the bud before you realize your case is worth much more than they are offering. It is in their best interest to offer the least amount of money possible to settle a case. Here are a few of our experiences:

  • A cyclist was injured when a driver cut them off, swerved to avoid impact and resulted in hitting the pavement. They were offered $700 to settle the case by the insurance company involved. The cyclist retained our office and the case settled for policy limits of $15,000.
  • Another cyclist was cut off when a motorist made an unsafe left-hand turn. He was offered $5,000 by the insurance company, which refused to go a cent higher than that. After retaining our office the case settled for $40,000.

What we’re trying to say is that while you may get a good looking offer, it’s usually nothing close to what your case is actually worth. If you’ve been offered a settlement, and aren’t sure it’s a just amount, contact us today for a free consultation. No obligations, no worries!

I wasn’t actually hit by a car, but I’m injured. Do I still have a case?
Absolutely. Many cyclists’ cases are based on evasive actions, or attempting to avoid the accident occurring. If a drivers’ actions caused you damages or injuries, they are still at fault regardless if you were hit by their car. It is a more difficult type of case to navigate, but it is still a case. Remember too, there are non-physical damages that can occur to file a case such as loss of income, medical expenses, quality of life losses and more.
How much will it cost me to hire a Pattenaude attorney?
Our office works on a “Contingency Fee” basis, which means we take a percentage of what we were able to recover for you. If there is no recovery, there is no fee and you owe us nothing for the case.​ ​If we do recover money from the responsible party, our fee is a third of the gross recovery, and if the case goes to litigation the fee becomes 40% of the gross recovery.

We never take any fees from the property damage portion of the case. We handle this portion of the claim as a courtesy to our client. This means all the money recovered for your bike and other personal items damaged in the accident go back to you.

How long will it take to settle my case?
About 85% of cases are settled within 6 months to 1 year of us opening the case.
How can I contact you?
You can call us 24/7 at 818.389.7924 or email us.

If you believe you have a case, call today for your free personal evaluation.

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