To Settle or Not?

When filing for a personal injury claim, it is important that you have a valid claim and the proper standing to file it in the first place; the reason you are suing someone should be with just cause, and that you have sustained a true injury; just remember that not all injuries are grounds for a lawsuit. Take note of your injuries and the circumstances before,during and after the event. You should always check with a doctor or hospital first no matter how light the wound is, it might be more serious than you realize. Only consult an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases after this is done, but do it in a timely manner; depending on the state, you have at least 3 months to 1 year after the injuries, or after you notice the injuries to file a claim.

Finding a personal injury lawyer is the next step. It is advised that you look for an attorney that knows the laws in the state, and is experienced in these kinds of cases. Tell him what the case is and be sure to be honest about it. Provide as much evidence as you can and give him your statements; don’t worry, he’ll help you look for the evidence that you might have missed. Make sure to protect the evidence since the accused might tamper, hide or destroy the evidence.

Your attorney will then communicate with the opposite party’s attorney and try to reach a settlement. They’ll try to do this first since it reduces cost(for them) and saves time(for everyone). They’ll keep negotiating with each other until they reach an agreement, but it’s up to the plaintiff if they’ll agree to the settlement or not, just note that you won’t be able to pursue the matter anymore if you take the settlement. But if you feel that the settlement amount isn’t enough to cover the damages, the plaintiff can keep disputing the settlement. But you must consider the extent of the damage the injury caused to you, and your lawyer might keep pursuing the case and take it to court so you can receive better compensation.