Collecting the Money You Deserve
Whether you accepted a settlement offer or the judge or jury ruled in your favor at trial, the last step of your personal injury claim will be to actually collect the money you are rightfully owed. While this may seem straightforward, it can actually be more complicated than it sounds. You will also need to pay any outstanding bills and satisfy any liens on your settlement or judgment. As a result, before closing the book on your case, you will need to work closely with your attorney to make sure everything gets wrapped up appropriately.
What if the Other Party Will Not Pay?
Unfortunately, just because someone says they are going to pay you or a judge tells someone to do so does automatically mean that you will receive a check in the mail. While insurance companies will usually cut settlement checks within a matter of weeks, parties have been known to renege on settlement agreements, and they may be unable or unwilling to pay even when ordered to do so by the court.
In these situations, the good news is that you still have several options available. Settlement agreements can be enforced in court, and court judgments can be enforced through a variety of legal means. For example, your attorney may be able to obtain a wage garnishment or charging order that pulls funds directly from the responsible party’s income.
Satisfying Your Financial Obligations Out of Your Settlement or Verdict
Once you receive your funds, the last major step in your personal injury claim is to pay off your debts relating to the claim. Oftentimes, personal injury claimants will have piles of medical bills and other expenses that need to be paid out of their settlement or court award. If your attorney took your case on contingency (like we do at The Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C.), you will need to pay your attorneys’ fees and expenses as well. An experienced attorney should be able to efficiently assist you with this process, allowing you to deposit the rest of your funds and start to move on from your claim.
For more information on what to expect during your personal injury claim, read the rest of our 5-part series:
- Part 1 – The Aftermath of the Accident
- Part 2 – Preparing for Your Initial Consultation
- Part 3 – Fighting for Settlement while Preparing to Go to Trial
- Part 4 – Your Personal Injury Trial
Contact The Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C. about Your Savannah, GA Personal Injury Case
We hope you have found this series helpful in answering many of your questions about the process of filing a personal injury claim in Georgia. At The Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C., we offer free consultations, and with our contingency fees you do not have pay us anything unless we secure financial compensation for your losses. To find out if you have a claim, please call (912) 200-5292 or submit our online form now.