Fighting for Settlement while Preparing to Go to Trial
Once you choose a lawyer to represent you, a lot of things will start to happen right away. Personal injury cases take time, but in the beginning, your lawyer will be investigating, gathering information, contacting the insurance companies, preparing court filings, and making sure you take the steps necessary to collect maximum compensation for your injuries.
While most personal injury cases settle, all cases have the potential to go to trial. As a result, while your lawyer will be negotiating for a top-dollar out-of-court settlement, he or she will also be meticulously preparing to take your case to court. Oftentimes, information uncovered during the pre-trial process will convince the insurance company or responsible party to settle your claim. Personal injury cases can settle at any time – up to and including during your trial.
Should You Settle Your Personal Injury Claim?
Deciding whether to accept a settlement offer requires a careful analysis of both (i) the scope of your losses, and (ii) what you could reasonably expect to recover if your case were to go to trial. But, one thing is certain: You should never accept the insurance company’s first offer.
In fact you should avoid saying anything to any insurance companies about your claim. When you file a personal injury claim, the insurance companies are not on your side. They want to pay out as little as possible, and to do this they will try to get you to give up your rights before you know the true extent of your physical, financial, and emotional harm. If you give a recorded statement – or worse – accept a low-ball settlement offer, you could lose your opportunity to recover full compensation.
To avoid these concerns, you should let your lawyer deal with the insurance companies on your behalf. Your lawyer will be able to protect your rights, and will use the available evidence to negotiate for a settlement that fully compensates you for your losses. If the insurance company makes an offer, you and your lawyer will then have the opportunity to sit down and discuss whether it makes sense to settle or continue fighting for a larger award.
If you do not receive a fair settlement offer, then your lawyer will use all of the information he or she has obtained during this process to fight for maximum compensation at trial.
For more information on what to expect during your personal injury claim, read our previous posts and stay tuned for the rest of our 5-part series:
- Part 1 – The Aftermath of the Accident
- Part 2 – Preparing for Your Initial Consultation
- Part 4 – Your Personal Injury Trial
- Part 5 – Collecting the Money You Deserve
Injured in an Accident in Savannah, GA? Speak with Attorney Clarke Nash about Your Case
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a dangerous product or someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be fully compensated for your losses. To find out if you have a claim for compensation, call The Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C. at (912) 200-5292 or request a free consultation online today.