What should do if you have been hurt in an accident? Of course, the first thing to do is seek the proper medical attention. However, for many people in this situation one of the first things they consider after receiving the proper medical care is whether or not they should pursue damages from the responsible party. Filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit is always an option for anyone who has been seriously hurt in an accident. However, sometimes people in these circumstances are afraid to pursue this path because they are concerned about having to go to court and dealing with a trial. So do all personal injury claims and lawsuits go to court?
While it is possible for any personal injury suit to go to trial, in most instances the lawsuit will be settled before it ever goes in front of a judge or jury. There are actually many different aspects to a personal injury case and they usually don’t play out quickly. A settlement is good way to expedite process. However, anyone who is considering filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit needs to discuss his or her objectives with an experienced personal injury attorney. First off, a person in this situation, together with his or her lawyer, will need to decide if a settlement is an option. If settling for a lesser amount than what is asked for in the lawsuit is not an option, then that person has to be prepared to go to trial.
Most often the single most important factor in deciding to settle or not is how much money the defendant’s side offers in the settlement. If the insurance company decides to give you an unfair settlement offer, then you might want to continue the process and go to court and have the case heard before a jury. Even if you are willing to settle and would rather do so, you should be prepared to go to trial if you have to.
While most personal injury cases do end up settling out of court, ultimately it’s up to the individual who was hurt to decide if he or she wants to settle. Having an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney to help you make that, and other important decisions, is very good move. At the Law Offices of Michael T. Friedman & Associates, PC, we have your best interests in mind. We won’t settle unless you are satisfied with the terms and we are always prepared to go to trial if necessary. Please contact us today for an experienced personal injury attorney in Chicago. Click here or call us at 312-339-8816.
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