The aftermath of a motor vehicle accident may leave you facing long-term medical treatment and extensive recovery efforts. When you file a claim after an accident, the insurance carrier may offer a settlement. Before you decide to accept the settlement or take the case to court, consider your options carefully.
There are a few things to consider as you decide if you should accept the settlement.
What is your medical prognosis?
Before you accept a settlement agreement, consider your medical prognosis. If you still need treatment to reach maximum medical recovery, consider the additional cost associated with that care. Think about what maximum recovery looks like for you and ensure that the settlement offer is fair enough to account for that.
How strong is your case?
When you assess the settlement offer, another important factor is the strength of your case. When you have sufficient evidence to clearly prove your case, you could take the case to court instead of accepting a subpar settlement.
Could you get compensated for pain and suffering?
A settlement offer may not include compensation for pain and suffering. When you experience an injury that dramatically affects your quality of life, taking the case to court may get you an award that includes pain and suffering or punitive damages.
Assess the case and your goals as you decide if you should accept a settlement offer, negotiate or take the case to court. Fight for the compensation that you deserve as you navigate the recovery process from your injuries.