The Benefits of Settling a Personal Injury Claim Out of Court
When you have been hurt in an accident, you have three routes you can take. The first is letting it go and paying for your own medical bills. However, depending on the severity of your injury, if the accident wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden. That only leaves two choices, go to court or settle your claim outside of court. While going to court can lead to the highest possible compensation, court cases are stressful and complicated. Alternatively, if you are given the opportunity to settle, it can have its benefits.
After you have been injured and those injuries have been treated, you have a life to get back to. Likely can’t afford to keep missing work and you will have other things you will want to do instead of sitting in a court house. By settling out of court, often it can shave months and even possibly years off your case reaching completion. Accepting a settlement also means that there are no appeals that can further lengthen a court case.
Lower Legal Costs
While you will still want a skilled attorney to negotiate a settlement that is fair and covers all your expenses, when a case doesn’t go to court, it shaves off the amount of time they will be in your employ. This means lower legal costs and more money in your pocket.
Court proceedings are part of the public record, and often testimony can dig up parts of your past that you might not want on the public record. If you want to keep potentially hurtful tidbits off the public record like past or present drug or alcohol use, then a settlement is the way to go.
All of these factors are things to consider when accepting a settlement offer outside of court. However, it is important to remember that you shouldn’t be pressured to stay out of court if you want to take the case to trial. If you believe you deserve more than your settlement is an offer, you need a lawyer that is not afraid to fight for that in the court room. If you need a lawyer that has your best interests in mind, contact us today.