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Should you settle your car accident personal injury case?

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2024 | Firm News

When you’re injured in an accident, you need financial relief to allow you to focus on your recovery. Unless you have a lot of savings to cover your expenses during your recovery, you’ll need some other stream of income. If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, then a personal injury lawsuit may be your best option for recovering the money you need.

As you proceed with your claim, there’s a good chance that you’ll be offered a settlement. But is accepting a settlement offer your best option? It depends on your circumstances, but you shouldn’t sign off on a settlement agreement until you’ve fully analyzed your case.

How to tell if settling your case is right for you

You don’t have to settle your case. So, before acting on an offer, here are some considerations that you should take into account to determine if you should settle your case or take it to trial:

  • The true extent of your damages and how close the settlement offer comes to covering those losses.
  • The strength of your evidence showing liability and your damages.
  • Any contributions that you made to the accident that can be used by the defense to diminish your recovery.
  • Your willingness to deal with the stress of litigation.
  • Your access to financial resources that allows you to survive while your claim is pending.

After analyzing these factors, you should have a clearer sense of which direction is best for you.

Develop a strong legal strategy for your car accident personal injury case

Regardless of whether your case heads to settlement negotiations or trial, you need to be prepared to aggressively advocate for your position. This means gathering physical evidence, talking to witnesses, and using case law and the rules of evidence to your advantage. By doing so, you might be able to position yourself for the successful recovery you deserve.