Litigation plays an important role for victims seeking justice after an accident. If you were injured in a car, truck, pedestrian, bicycle, or motorcycle accident, it is strongly advised that you seek the services of a professional accident attorney to understand your rights. Based on the facts of the case, the attorney will then advise you on the way forward.
If you have a strong case, your lawyer will contact the defendants and inform them of your intention to sue. The insurance company representing the defendant, or the liable party will decide whether to pay you or wait until the court directs them to compensate you.
There are some benefits of settling instead of going through a judicial process, however, and can include:
No one likes going to court for a lengthy case unless they have to. Even after you win the case, the other party could file an appeal and drag the case out for much longer. If you agree on an out of court settlement, you may avoid a prolonged and costly process. However, it is possible that you may settle for a much lower amount than a lawyer could have gotten you.
Avoid the stress of a trial
When your case goes to trial, the attorney of the defendant will try to prove that you are lying. Being cross-examined in a court is not a pleasant experience, even when you are speaking the truth. The waiting period is also stressful, and settling may put the matter to rest.
Protect your privacy
When a case goes to court, it is out in the public domain, and any interested party can attend the trial. If the press decides to cover your case, there is nothing that can prepare you for the publicity that your case will attract. Strangers may start approaching you in the street to give their opinion of the proceedings, and this could create a lack peace in your life.
There are possibly several other benefits that may await you if you settle out of court. However, only a knowledgeable accident attorney can proficiently advise you on what step you should take. The lawyers at Parnall Law Firm will be happy to negotiate on your behalf or provide you with the information you need to make a decision that has the most advantages for your situation. If you’ve been seriously injured in an auto accident, don’t make the choice to settle out of court without first checking with an attorney.