Make no doubt about it. The damages that you’ve suffered in your car accident are significant. The physical pain and suffering can be unbearable, the mental toll significant, and the financial ramifications devastating. But you may be able to find the relief that you deserve through a personal injury lawsuit. As you navigate your claim, though, you’ll want to be wary of any initial settlement offers.
See, most personal injury cases settle well before heading to trial. And receiving an offer that provides for quick compensation can be tempting. But remember, the insurance company and the individual that you’re suing are not looking out for your best interests. Instead, they’re simply trying to escape as much liability as possible. So, before accepting a settlement offer, you may want to ask yourself the following questions to ensure that you’re getting the best results possible:
- What are my damages worth? You won’t know if a settlement offer is appropriate unless you know the value of your claim. So, be diligent in assessing both economic and noneconomic damages.
- What evidence do I have? Before sitting down at the negotiation table, you need to be prepared for trial. That way you have a firm understanding of the evidence that supports your position and how to use it to build persuasive legal arguments. Remember, you only have to prove your case by the preponderance of the evidence, which means that the judge or jury finds your position more compelling. In other words, you only need to convince them there’s only a greater than 50% chance that your claim is true.
- What are the weaknesses of my case? The weaker your case, the weaker of a negotiating position you’ll find yourself in. Therefore, you’ll want to look to see if the defense is able to make strong claims of comparative fault that, if successful, can significantly reduce your recovery or bar it altogether.
Be ready to fight for what you deserve
Keep in mind that these are only some of the questions that you need to ask yourself before addressing a settlement offer. We know the decision whether to accept one of these offers can be a difficult one, but it’s not one that you have to make alone. Attorneys like those at our firm stand ready to provide you with the guidance and advocacy that you may need to make the decision that is right for you.