Accident Claims: Settle Or Go To Court?

Supposes you have been hurt in a Car Accident and have completed your treatment for the injuries you sustained. Now it becomes time to turn your attention to the matter of compensation, and the next question to ask is, should I settle the case or go to court? The short answer is you should always look to settle your claim without starting legal proceedings.

Why? The answer is simple: if you can get the right compensation for your injuries without starting legal proceedings, you will have maximized your recovery. Filing with the court costs you money and time and is, quite frankly, stressful and aggravating. If you can settle your claim, it is always advisable to do so. Here are some factors you should take into account for settlement without going to Court:

  • Are you still suffering from the injuries which caused you to bring the claim in the first place?
  • Will you require future medical treatment for the injuries you sustained?
  • Did you lose a job over the injuries you received? Is this taken into account in the settlement offer?

These are important questions to ask yourself and should be discussed with your attorney appropriately. If you still have pain and limitations, careful consideration needs to be taken regarding whether or not you should settle your claim. Once you settle, there is no going back to the responsible party and requesting more money.

Ask yourself, will the settlement amount compensate you for all your damages in the future? If you can answer that question “yes,” then settlement is the preferred route. An experienced Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer can assist you in answering these questions.

The decision to file with the court should not be taken lightly. The litigation process is expensive, time-consuming, and stressful. If a jury trial commences, be aware that juries are wholly unpredictable. In some cases, however, a jury trial is necessary. For example, most insurance companies will not compensate a person for lifelong injuries in an out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, the parties cannot agree on the claim’s value.

Remember, if you settle, you get your compensation quickly and reduce the costs greatly. However, you should never settle a case at less than the value of the case because you cannot later claim the settlement was insufficient to compensate you. Settlements are final for all time, absent fraud.

Whether it is in your best interest to settle or to go to court, we have the knowledge and experience to get you the compensation you deserve. Call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today to Schedule Your Free Consultation.