Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Aug 18, 2015 in Personal Injury News
When you are injured due to the negligence of another person, there are two things you probably want: to get better and to put the whole situation behind you so you can move on with your life. It can be very tempting to take the first settlement offer tossed on the table. However, this is rarely the best option.
Many personal injury attorneys are eager to promise fast settlements. They tell you that they can get you the money you deserve faster than anyone and everyone else. While this sounds good, it is almost never the best solution. Such attorneys may be trying to get out with the least amount of work so they can take their fee and move on to the next client. These "revolving door policy" cases rarely end up serving the interests of the victim in the case, who may deserve far more than he or she gets in the end.
The difference between receiving a quick settlement and the best settlement can be truly life-changing. The quick settlement often means taking whatever offer is on the table and letting insurance companies choose what's best for you. You could, in such cases, end up with bills that pile up which you cannot pay, and miss out on the benefits of lost income recovery and damages for pain and suffering that you are very much entitled to receive. The best settlement, on the other hand, will see you able to pay all of your bills. This means that over the period of your recuperation, your costs, such as medical, rehab and recovery treatments, will be part of your settlement. You may be entitled to damages for lost wages and opportunity, pain and suffering and others which you may not get with a quick settlement.
Resolving a personal injury case takes time. Evaluating how bad your injury is and how long you will be in recovery is not something that can be done after a single doctor's visit. The longer your recuperation, the more you lose out on opportunities and wages, the more you spend on doctor's bills, and the more you suffer both physically and emotionally. It is only after these factors can be determined that your case can be properly evaluated and settled. In addition, the insurance companies will fight back, attempting to settle for as little as possible.
Patience is a hard thing to have when you are recovering from injury, but it is an all-important factor in making sure that you get the best settlement possible. A lot of negotiation goes into settling these kinds of cases and a good attorney will not quit until you receive the best, fairest settlement, one that will help you move on with your life. If you have been injured in an accident and need representation, we will stand tall to fight for you with integrity and honor. We will not quit until you get what you deserve. Take a look at our firm overview, and call us for a free consultation today.