Attorneys in Michigan and throughout the United States refer their Michigan boating accident clients to our law firm for legal representation.
Our team of award-winning lawyers will handle the case from start to finish to achieve the highest possible settlement for your client. When the case settles, we will send you a referral fee check.
Best Michigan Boating Accident Lawyers
Our legal team includes the most successful personal injury and boating accident attorneys in Michigan. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. and our lawyers have won the top awards in the legal profession, including:
- U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
- "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
- Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
- Honored as "Super Lawyers"
- Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
Types of Michigan Boating Accidents
According to the Coast Guard Recreational Boating Accident Report Database, boating accidents must be reported if:
- Death was a result
- Injury required medical treatment beyond first aid
- Damage to the vessel or other property was $2000 or more
- Vessel was not repairable
Collisions with another boat or with fixed objects, such as a marina dock; capsizing, and passengers falling overboard account for approximately 58 percent of all boating accident fatalities.
Contact with the propeller, water skier mishaps, explosions, and fire also contribute to the types of boating accidents that occur on our waterways. Moreover, statistics show that 70 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned mostly because they were not wearing a personal floatation device (PFD) or life jacket.
Trauma is the other leading cause of death in boating accidents.
Other Types of Michigan Accident Cases to Refer to Us
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Auto and car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Recreational and sports accidents
- All other accident and injury cases
Paying Referral Fees for Michigan Boating Accident Cases
We handle all boating accident cases on a one-third contingency fee basis.
Under Michigan law, we are required to deduct the case expenses from the total settlement amount before calculation our contingent fee.
For most boating accident cases, we pay the referring attorney a one-third referral fee. We guarantee this fee in writing immediately upon being retained by the client for representation. We also confirm the referral source in our case management software.
Is the Referring Attorney Required to Work on a Michigan Case?
No. Unlike in other states, Michigan does not require that the referring lawyer work or co-counsel the case in order to receive a referral fee. The Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 1.5 (e) only requires that the client is advised of the referral arrangement and does not object and that the total fee on the case is reasonable.
The client's written consent is required for any type of referral or co-counsel fee arrangement. We will get the client's written consent as part of our original retainer agreement. Our Contingent Fee Agreements include language that a referral fee will be paid to you and the client's signature acknowledges the payment of your referral fee.
How Attorneys Refer Their Boating Accident Cases to Us
Referring your boating accident cases to us is easy. You refer us your client by doing the following:
- Call (800) 606-1717 to speak with one attorneys first to discuss the case to see if we are interested in the referral.
- E-mail Lawrence J. Buckfire at [email protected] to provide information about the case
- Have your client call us directly and mention that an attorney referred the case to our firm
If your preference is to have your client call us directly, make sure that the client tells us that you are the referring attorney. Many clients do not remember to provide that information and you may not be properly credited with the referral. We strongly suggest that you mail or fax us a letter confirming that you are the lawyer that referred the case.