There are many questions that come along with being injured in a big rig accident, including whether to take the case to court or to settle it out of court. While most cases are settled out of court, there are many factors that will determine the right choice. The best way to find out what would most likely provide the best option for you is to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Start by Determining What Your Case is Worth
Few people want to take their case to court, but many will do so if the insurance company is unwilling to offer a fair settlement. The first step to making sure you get a fair settlement is to be sure you understand what constitutes a fair settlement. Your attorney will be able to carefully consider just host the actual damages but whether or not you had any liability, which can affect your settlement.
If the insurance company offers you an amount that seems fair based on what you and your personal injury attorney have determined, then it is likely you will want to settle the case. If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, then you will have to consider taking the case to court.
Consider the Uncertainty of Litigation
One of the advantages of taking a settlement is that you know exactly what you will be getting. If you go to court, you do not know what will happen. Even the strongest case in the world can lead to no recovery with the wrong jury. It can be well worth taking the risk of going to court, but it is important to acknowledge and consider that it is indeed a risk.
Determine if You Are Ready to Wait
Another big advantage of taking a settlement is that you get it shortly after the amount is agreed upon. If you take the case to court, it could take years. This might be well worth it if you are not being offered a fair settlement, but you should make sure that you understand that the process will be much slower and are prepared to wait.
Compare the Legal Fees
Finally, consider that the legal fees to go cot court are significantly higher than if you settle. Remember that when you work with The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we work on a contingency basis that assures you do not owe us legal fees unless we win your case. However, when you do win, your legal fees accrued in a settlement are going to be much lower than if you go to court.
Are we trying to talk you out of going to court? No – we only want for every client to fully understand the situation if they go to court. If you have questions or are ready to request a free legal consultation, call us at 800-333-0000.