Personal injury settlements occur when the two parties involved in personal injury lawsuit agree to payment terms before the matter goes to trial. They are usually not as large as jury awards, but there is also no risk that a jury could side against the defendant, leaving the plaintiff with nothing. But if an insurance company or some other representative of the defendant in your case offers a settlement, that doesn’t mean you should automatically accept it. Here’s what you need to know should you ever be contacted in an effort to settle your case.
Personal Injury Settlements and the Likely Outcome of Your Case
When plaintiffs receive offers for personal injury settlements, they need to carefully consider what the chances are they would win if their case went to trial. They also need to decide whether or not the offer will be enough to cover the damages – or expenses – they have suffered due to the injury they suffered. You might think that a certain dollar amount is fair, but a jury might decide otherwise. And, in many cases, a jury is limited regarding the amount of money they can award.
It’s very important that you don’t let your emotions cloud your judgement. In order to win your case, you’ll need to prove beyond a doubt that the defendant caused your injury – you can’t count on common sense to prevail, and you also can’t count on the jury to share your sense of what’s right and what’s wrong.
Why You Need an Experienced Attorney
A skilled lawyer will know exactly how much you should expect to win should your case succeed. But even more importantly, he or she can act as a buffer between you and the defendant’s representative, whether that is an insurance company or anything else. If you accept an unfair settlement, you might find it won’t be enough to cover your medical bills and all of the other expenses you’ve incurred.
Attorney Joe Lucé has a great deal of in-depth knowledge regarding personal injury settlements, and can help make sure you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call (972) 562-9700 or contact us online to learn more.