You can recover damages in a personal injury in a claim either by settling with the other party involved or by going to court. There are pros and cons to both of these options, so it it vital that you discuss them with a personal injury attorney in order to choose which course of action is best for you.
What Happens if I Settle My Claim Out of Court?
Settling means that a resolution is agreed upon by by both sides. It is also typically much faster than a court process and is less risky because both parties know what the outcome will be. However, depending on the strength of your case, you may have to compromise on your settlement amount.
Going to court may get you a larger award, but that outcome is not guaranteed. Additionally, it may be years before you see your money. And if you win, the defendant can appeal the case, making the court process even longer. Court records are also public, so anything that happens in court can be subject to public scrutiny. Additionally, your experiences during the accident will be called into question by defense attorneys. If you want to avoid this process, it may be best to settle your claim.
What Happens if I Take My Case to Court?
Insurance companies will always try to settle for the least amount possible, rather than what is fair for you. It is also possible that you won't know the extent of your losses immediately after your accident. And even though there is the risk of losing at trial, there is always the possibility that you can win, and that your award will be larger than what you would receive in a settlement. Finally, even if you do lose your case, there may be a chance to appeal, which you wouldn't be able to do if your settled your claim.
Making the decision of settling or going to court is important and not to be taken lightly. An experienced personal injury attorney from Nemeroff Law Offices can assist you in investigating your accident and determining how much your claim may be worth. Your attorney will also deal with the insurance companies so you don't have to. We will diligently represent your interests at the negotiation table or in court. For more information regarding your rights following an accident that resulted in injury, contact a Chicago injury lawyer from Nemeroff Law Offices at 312.629.8800. We will help you recover the money damages you are entitled to.