To Settle or Not to Settle? That is the Question

There is a point in every personal injury case where you will have to make a choice to settle or not settle. If you decide the settle, your case will ultimately come to close, and you will not be able to receive any compensation at a later date for any damages that may be related to your injury.However, if you decide to continue negotiating or file a lawsuit, you may be able to recover more compensation, but there is also a time that must be considered and risk of possibly receiving less at trial.

Deciding whether to settle or not is a tough decision. Every personal injury case is different, but there are a few things you should consider before making your choice.

Do you believe the settlement is acceptable?

The first question is whether you believe the settlement is acceptable. By acceptable I mean, will you receive compensation that you believe is fair for your pain and suffering after your medical bills and other out of pocket expenses are covered. If the settlement offer would not compensate you fairly after your medical bills are taken care of, it is more than likely not acceptable, and you should seriously consider continuing to negotiate or having a lawyer file a lawsuit.

What is your lawyer recommending?

Your lawyer should also be able to give you guidance on whether you should settle or not. I often recommend that my clients forgo on resolving if I believe I can get them more compensation through further negotiations or filing a lawsuit. However, there are other times that I recommend that my clients settle earlier in negotiations without the need of filing a lawsuit. It depends on the facts of the case. If you have a good personal injury lawyer, you should trust their judgment and follow their recommendation.

Are you willing to go through litigation?

If you are considering having your lawyer file a lawsuit, you need to make sure you are willing to go through the litigation process. Lawsuits will require you to answer personal questions from an opposing lawyer that you will more than likely not want to answer. Additionally, lawsuits can be emotionally draining. However, often filing a lawsuit is needed to force the opposing side to compensate you fairly for your pain and suffering.

Lots must be considered when deciding whether to settle your personal injury case. If you are a loved one was injured as a result of the negligent or intentional conduct of someone, contact me. I fight to ensure that my clients receive maximum compensation for their injuries and will guide you through your case from beginning to end.