Personal Injury Settlements

While lengthy, dramatic trials often capture the popular imagination, most personal injury claims are settled before a trial even occurs. In fact, depending on the situation, an attorney may advise a client to opt for a settlement over a trial in order to ensure that a claimant gets the best possible deal.

Of course, the decision whether to settle or go to trial involves many variables, including the likelihood of success at trial, the fairness of the potential defendant's settlement offer, and the financial resources of the injured party.

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Settling a Personal Injury Claim

Actionable Claims

Before you reach the settlement phase, you and an attorney must determine whether you have an actionable personal injury claim.

If you have suffered an injury from any of the types of incidents listed below, you may be able to seek a personal injury settlement:

  • Car accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Sexual harassment
  • Physical or emotional abuse
  • Worker's compensation
  • Tainted medication or food

Of course, this is just a limited list of claims that could lead to a personal injury settlement. If you have been injured as a result of someone else's negligent actions, you can contact a local personal injury attorney to discuss your options.

Recoverable Expenses

If you have experienced any of the injuries listed above, you may be eligible to recover compensation for the following types of losses:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished enjoyment of life
  • Loss of future earning ability
  • Loss of wages due to the accident
  • Medical expenses
  • Property loss

Of course, money recovery is very hard to predict, but a personal injury attorney may be able to give you a reasonable estimate of your likelihood of success in a personal injury settlement.

Benefits of Settling an Injury Lawsuit

As mentioned above, the majority of personal injury claims end up being settled outside of court. Benefits of a settlement may include:

  • Avoiding a lengthy trial
  • Steering clear of potential media attention
  • Paying fewer court costs

Of course, a trial may still be the best option depending on the case. Sometimes attorneys pursue a trial because they believe a jury would award a higher settlement than would be awarded through negotiations. Other times, a defendant is eager to avoid the negative publicity associated with a trial, and will offer a healthy settlement right off the bat.

Connect with a local injury attorney today to help you determine whether you are eligible to and should pursue a personal injury settlement.

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