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Personal Injury Claim Settlements: What You Need to Know

November 11, 2016

Unfortunately, accidents that cause personal injury can put your life on hold. You may be unable to work, or unable to do the activities you normally enjoy and feel like your case is going nowhere. What many individuals find most frustrating is how long the legal process can take sometimes, especially when they are not at fault in an accident. After an accident there are generally two paths your case can take: a path that ends in your case going to trial and a path that leads a pre-trial personal injury claim settlement. There are benefits and drawbacks to settling. An experienced personal injury attorney should be able to help with your case no matter which path.


Personal Injury Claim Settlements Can Reduce the Waiting Period


When you have been injured in an accident, you want to return to you normal life as quickly as possible. Settlement can greatly increase the speed and efficiency of your case. Due to busy court dockets and drawn out timelines, getting your injury case in court can take a long time. Sometimes it can take over a year, if not more. If there are any appeals involved in the case, litigation can extend very far past the date of the accident as well. Consider whether the waiting period is worth it for your case.


Potentially Save Money and Protect Your Privacy


In addition to having a faster result, personal injury claim settlements also have the potential to save you money. As litigation drags on, legal fees and costs can begin to pile up. An efficient settlement can prevent extended back and forth between attorneys and additional court costs. Settling can also protect your privacy. Many court proceedings are public records, and opposing counsel may wish to ask you questions about your personal life in open court. This could include your intimate relationships and work history. However, settlements are not public records and will involve fewer people who are exposed to the information than a court proceeding.


Bring Certainty to Your Personal Injury Case


Settling can be beneficial because the recovery you are entitled to is in black and white. After negotiations, you will be presented with a dollar amount. It may be less than you were expecting but it will not change. On the other hand, recovery may be higher at trial, but that is not guaranteed. Your case could be worth more than a settlement offer, but there is also a possibility that you could recover nothing at trial. At trial, the outcome is entirely in someone else’s hands.


Have you been injured in an accident in South Carolina?


Every case is different and requires individual attention. While settling may be the best plan for some cases, it will not necessarily be the best course of action for you case. The personal injury lawyers at Surasky Law can help you determine the best path for recovery and be with you every step of the way during your case.


Contact us today for a free consultation on your case.



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