After a Philadelphia area auto accident, you may be entitled to recover for financial losses. Settling your personal injury claim has many benefits, states Bucks County personal injury lawyer Michael L. Saile, Jr. There is no guarantee that a settlement will come quickly, but with the assistance of a lawyer, a stronger financial recovery is more likely than if you are to deal with the insurance company on your own.
Advantages of Settling a Personal Injury Claim
- Lower cost: When you settle a personal injury claim, there is rarely a need for expert witnesses, which saves you money in the end. Your lawyer still receives a percentage of your settlement, as should be laid out in a Fee Agreement with your attorney, but you retain more of your settlement for yourself by not incurring any court costs.
- Faster resolutions: If you choose to file a lawsuit and take your case to court, the time frame for bringing the case to resolution is not up to you. You have to abide by court schedules and dockets. If you choose to settle your claim, your case will generally be resolved in less amount of time than the span of a lawsuit. Keep in mind, however, that in order to recover the best possible settlement, a time commitment is involved. It is necessary for you to complete all prescribed medical treatment, which could include surgery, recovery, and time in a rehabilitation facility.
- Control: The decision of whether a settlement or going to trial is in your best interest is yours. Once your attorney has presented all of your injury and treament details, your lost wages, your out-of-pocket expenses, and your pain and suffering (if applicable) to the insurance company, the negotionation process begins. Your attorney will inform you of the insurance company’s settlement offer and you decide if you want to accept it or if going to trial is your best option. The decision to settle a claim can depend on a number of factors. Make sure that your lawyer goes over with you all of the benefits and downsides of both settling a claim and/or going to court.
Now that you know some of the benefits of settling a personal injury claim, here is how you get there:
Hire a local accident injury lawyer with whom you have had a consultation and with whom you feel comfortable. An experienced lawyer will be able to generally assess the amount of your damages and how much your claim is worth (given all of the case details he or she will examine during your initail meeting), and communicate that to you, including the strenghts and weaknesses that your case holds. Your attorney will then work throughout the case to get you the best settlement possible. It is not only your attorney who is expected to work, however. You will need to play an active role by following all of your doctors’ orders and completing any work your lawyer asks of you.
Pursuing a personal injury claim can be stressful and you may be worried that it won’t be worth it. To ensure that your case is handled properly, find an attorney who is experienced in car accident injury law and is motivated to fight to get you the best settlement possible. If you are at the point where you are ready to look into filing a personal injury claim, contact the PA and NJ injury lawyers at the Bucks County Law Firm of Cordisco & Saile LLC. For additional information immediately, download our FREE PA Car Accident Book, a very helpful guide for accident victims.