What to Do If You Don’t Agree with the First Settlement Offer in Your Personal Injury Case

Posted on : September 12, 2017
settlement offers after an accident can be low without a lawyer's help

 

Personal injury cases can be much more complex if there are multiple liable parties such as a third party and insurance company and the person who ultimately caused the accident. In these situations, it is even more important to have an experienced personal injury attorney to guide you through the process. In the majority of these types of claims, someone on the other side will make a settlement offer.

This may come at any point throughout the case but the sooner the settlement offer is made, the more this might indicate that the other side has realized that the cost of going to trial may be exorbitant. In many cases, the defendants in such a claim will want to articulate a settlement offer early on in order to minimize the time and expense linked to defending a case.

If you receive a settlement offer from one of the liable parties that does not seem sufficient in line with your injuries or the loss of a loved one, you do not have to accept it. In fact, having a personal injury attorney at your side as soon as possible after the accident has occurred will give you a better perspective about how your injuries and the facts of the accident stack up as it relates to potential settlement offers. While no personal injury attorney can guarantee a settlement offer of a certain amount, he or she may be able to give you a range of what you could expect or what seems fair given the scope of your injuries and how your life has changed as a result of the accident.

You may be eligible to provide a counter offer or further information that could encourage the other side to increase their own offer. In all of these situations, having an experienced personal injury attorney who has negotiated settlement offers like this before is to your benefit.   

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