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Car Accident Injury Claim – Settle Or Sue?

One of the biggest reasons people don’t file a claim for an auto accident lawsuit is because they think they will need to take the case to trial. More often than not, these claims are actually dealt with outside of the courtroom and rarely need to go to trial. While there are benefits to settling before the court, there are also benefits to going to court.

SETTLING BEFORE A LAWSUIT

Benefits:

– You can receive compensation more quickly
– You can avoid hearings, trials, depositions
– You can avoid an unpredictable jury decision

SETTLEMENT TALK WITH A DEMAND LETTER

A demand letter is needed in an auto accident lawsuit if you want to do it outside of court. There are a lot of turning parts to this option, such as gathering evidence, preparing, getting witness statements, and requesting medical records for the accident.

Because of the amount of paperwork and possible negotiation can be confusing, it’s a good idea to hire an attorney. The attorney will be able to make sure statements, documents, and photos of evidence will enable them to move forward with the auto accident lawsuit.

GOING TO COURT

If you don’t want to or cannot settle out of court, you’ll have to go to court. I’ts always better to try and settle your case out of court, but if that doesn’t happen you will need to take specific steps for your auto accident lawsuit.

– Your lawyer will file the auto accident lawsuit in court and draft a formal document and legal complaint. They would then submit this to the appropriate court.

– You will need to participate in the discovery process. Your lawyer will request information from the defendant and their lawyer will also request information from you.

– Lastly, you will go to trial.

If at any time during the court case you change your mind and decide to settle out of court, you can. Your attorney would simply look over the offer again and you would receive an acceptable offer for the auto accident lawsuit.

Hiring a lawyer is for your benefit. One of the biggest reasons around this is the litigation process, terms used, specific procedures might seem really alien to you. But, to a lawyer, this is something they do every single day.

For a Free Consultation contact Sloat & Nicholson at 1-800-873-3202.

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