After you are injured by another party, you might be offered some sort of compensation. For example, the at-fault driver’s car insurance company will probably offer to handle your claim by trying to settle quickly with a cash payment. As a victim, how can you tell if you should accept the offer, try to negotiate for a better offer, or proceed with a personal injury lawsuit?
For a typical injury, you might expect to be compensated for:
It’s difficult for average people to predict the total losses that they sustain from a personal injury. Insurance adjusters are probably very good at this, but it’s fair to assume that they might be motivated to settle for as little as they possibly can. How can you possibly know if the settlement is fair?
Consult With a Personal Injury Lawyer About Your Personal Injury Case
Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation. Many will even set appointments on weekends and evenings, and they may come to you if you cannot travel because of your injuries. It’s a good idea to make the best use of this offer by coming as prepared as possible to this appointment. Gather up documentation about your injury and any communications you have had with the other party or the insurance company. You can also bring current bills and your best estimates about future costs.
An experienced lawyer should have a better handle on fair settlements than typical personal injury victims. He or she is also likely to advise you about the merits of your case. In some cases, a lawyer may tell you that the settlement is fair. It’s also likely that the attorney will offer to help you try to negotiate a better settle without going to court. While some cases do need to go in front of a judge or jury, many can be negotiated more rapidly and fairly by an attorney.
Don’t hesitate because you don’t think you can afford to pay a lawyer. If lawyers agree to take your case, they will also be likely to take it on a contingency basis, which means they don’t get paid until you get paid.
Speak With a North Texas Personal Injury Attorney
In North Texas, you can consult for free with the personal injury firm of R.E. Lopez & Associates by calling 469-209-7727 or by filling out the online contact form. The experienced team can review your case and advise you of your best course of action. The choice between accepting a settlement, negotiating for more money, or going to court is still yours to make; however, this gives you a chance to base that decision upon good information.