WHY SHOULD I SETTLE MY ACCIDENT CLAIM OUT OF COURT?
Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at 6:25 pm
When you are injured in a traffic accident, you may not know what to do first. Your first priority should be seeking medical attention. Your health is the most important thing following an accident. However, you must also make it a priority to consult with a Sacramento car accident attorney as soon as you can after the accident. Your time to file a lawsuit to recover compensation is limited; therefore, you don’t want to put off seeking legal counsel.
Our Sacramento accident lawyers want to help you receive the maximum compensation allowable by law in the least amount of time. Call (916) 999-9000 NOW to schedule your free consultation to discuss your case.
Benefits of Settling Out of Court
Each accident claim is unique. Therefore, it is impossible to tell you if your claim will require litigation or if you will be able to settle out of court. Our lawyers always try to settle your claim, if possible, because there are certain advantages to settling claims out of court.
However, our attorneys are highly trained and skilled litigators with experience trying cases in court. Therefore, we will ALWAYS do what is in your best interest. If that requires filing a lawsuit to force the insurance company to negotiate in a fair and just manner, that is what we will do. If it is in your best interest to settle out of court, we will do that too. Your best interest is always the guiding factor in all cases.
If your case can be settled out of court, some advantages to avoiding litigation include:
- Protecting Your Privacy —Settling out of court avoids the necessity of a trial. Any person can attend a trial; therefore, your personal matters are aired out in front of strangers. Settling out of court allows you to retain more privacy.
- Avoid Stress — A trial can be very stressful. The attorney for the other driver will try to discredit your testimony in front of the jury. Attending the trial each day and wondering what the jury is thinking can also be stressful. Settling your case before a trial can avoid the stress of a trial.
- Faster Resolution — When you file a lawsuit, it can take more than a year to go to trial depending on your case and the court’s schedule. By agreeing to settle without going to trial, you can decrease the time it takes to receive money for your damages.
- Less Costly — Avoiding a prolonged court battle can also be less costly. You don’t have the court fees, deposition costs, expert witness fees, and other costs that may be incurred if you file a lawsuit.
Of course, there are advantages to going to court. You may receive more money by taking your case to trial, but that is never guaranteed. The outcome of a trial cannot be predicted with 100 percent accuracy. An experienced attorney will weigh the options based on his considerable experience and give you the pros and cons of each option. After disclosing all options, you can decide the path you want to take based on your attorney’s recommendation.
Call a Sacramento Accident Attorney for Help
If you are ready to meet with an attorney, call our office to schedule your free consultation.
Call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or visit our website to request your free appointment. Our law firm assists clients in the greater Sacramento area including the cities of Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, and El Dorado Hills.