Being injured in a car accident or a slip-and-fall can leave you with significant damages. Your pain and suffering, both physical and emotional, might be unbearable, and the financial losses thrust upon you can be overwhelming.
The good news is that you might be able to find relief through a personal injury lawsuit. Many of these cases result in settlement well before they ever get to trial, which means that you might be able to resolve your case quickly and recover some much-needed money. But should you accept an offer that has been pushed your way? Is it really in your best interests? Consider these factors before you act on a settlement offer:
- The strength of your case: It sounds like common sense, but you’ll want to consider the strength of your evidence. Speak to all of the witnesses, gather all documentary evidence, and consider whether expert testimony can support your position.
- The weaknesses of your case: Think about how comparative negligence may play into your case and whether the defense has any other arguments that could derail your case. If there are glaring weaknesses to your case, then you might want to give the settlement offer another look.
- The value of your claim: You can’t really tell if a settlement offer is appropriate unless you know what your damages are worth. This means that you’ll have to calculate your lost wages and medical expenses, consider your future medical costs and lost earnings capacity, and think about how your life has been affected by your injuries.
- Your desire to move on: A lot of people settle their case because they simply want to move on. Think about whether you want to deal with the time and stress that often accompanies litigation and whether the possibility of more compensation is worth it.
Take an approach that is right for you
There’s no cookie cutter approach to a personal injury case. You have to take an approach that is right for you, which means knowing your options and how best to pursue them in light of the law. Hopefully then you can achieve the outcome that you deserve and can set yourself on the road to a successful recovery.