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Car Accident Injury Claims: Settle Or Go To Court?

Supposes you have been hurt in a car accident, and you 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 amount of 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 ought to be discussed with your attorney at the appropriate time. If you still have pain and limitations, careful consideration needs to be taken regarding whether or not you should settle your claim. Once you do 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 on and into the future? If you can answer that question “yes,” then settlement is the preferred route. An experienced lawyer can assist you in answering these questions. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., can help you at this phase and every other phase of your case. The consultation is free, and we encourage you to call at any time.

The decision to file with the court is not one which should 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 are unable to agree on the value of the claim. Again, the attorneys at Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. have the knowledge and experience to properly advise you regarding this most important decision.

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.

This content was written on behalf of an experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer Greg Prosmushkin.