When you’ve been injured by someone else’s carelessness or malicious behavior, the law gives you the right to compensation for your medical expenses, missed work, and any other damages. While collecting the funds to which you’re entitled may require a courtroom trial, most of these claims are resolved in a settlement. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t need an attorney or you should accept the first offer the insurance company makes.
Knowing when to settle an injury claim depends on a broad variety of factors, including the full extent of your damages and the availability of evidence proving the other party is responsible for your injuries. For example, if you have photographic evidence, a police report, and did not contribute to the circumstances that led to your injuries, you may be able to press for a larger final settlement, since your eventual award in a courtroom trial may be even higher.
Understanding the full extent of your injuries is also critical to reaching a fair settlement. Remember accepting an offer means surrendering your right to pursue further damages in the future, which is especially important if you’ve been seriously injured. Accepting a settlement that initially seems fair could mean paying out of your own pocket if you need therapy, develop complications, or need additional treatments later. One of the most valuable services an attorney provides is calculating the full amount of your damages and pressing for a settlement that covers all your expenses.
Due to the wide range of variables, accident victims should always hire an attorney they trust to guide them through the claims process. If they believe a settlement offer is the best you will likely receive and you won’t fare better in court, the wisest course of action would be to accept.
For nearly 40 years, accident victims throughout southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin have relied on Egan & Richgels, S.C. for the expertise and highly effective representation. No matter what type of injuries you’ve suffered, their experienced attorneys will strive to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Visit their website learn more about their services, call (608) 784-0087 to schedule a consultation today, and like them on Facebook to get regular news and updates.