You were involved in a personal injury accident, and now you are waiting for your case to be filed to get the compensation you feel you deserve. As you prepare to discuss your case with your attorney, you have a lot of options you should consider that could bring your case to a quick conclusion with a result that you appreciate. Instead of going full steam ahead and preparing to have your day in court, there are things you should consider when it comes to your personal injury case.
You Could Lose
While no plaintiff wants to consider the possibility of losing their case, it is something your attorney will force you to consider before starting the process. It can take a long time to bring a personal injury lawsuit to completion, and if you lose then all of that effort was for nothing. Most personal injury attorneys work on retainer and will not push a case forward that they think could wind up losing. It is important to cover all of your bases and seriously consider the possibility that you could lose your case before you decide to file.
You May Want To Settle
As part of their responsibility to you, your attorney will give you all of the facts you need to understand the process of settling a personal injury lawsuit. Many plaintiffs enter into a personal injury lawsuit under the impression that the goal is to go to court and have their case heard. The vast majority of personal injury lawsuits in the United States are settled out of court to save everyone the time and hassle of actually going through the court process.
You Will Have To Put Up With Potentially Uncomfortable Questions
Throughout the entire process of your case, from the moment the defendant and their insurance company get your filing, the other side will do everything possible to discredit you and your story. If the idea of settling does not appeal to both sides, then you will have to give a deposition where the other side will try to get you to change your story and make it look like you are lying. Before you file your personal injury case, be sure that you have your story solidified in your head and that you will never waiver from it.
If You Win, You Wait
In most cases, negotiated settlements get paid in a relatively quick period of time so that the defendant can make the case disappear from public view. But if your case goes to court, you could be waiting months, or even years, to see any money. A defendant that loses a personal injury case could put off paying time and time again, even if there are court orders in place to force the defendant to pay. If you do win in court, you will be waiting for your payment for a long time.
When you prepare to file a personal injury case, you have a lot of thinking to do before you actually send in your paperwork. It is important to sit down with your attorney and discuss your options, and to listen carefully to everything your attorney has to say.