Personal Injury Settlements: Things You Should Know – Part 2

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may choose to pursue a claim against the at-fault driver or their insurer to recover compensation for losses you have suffered. Although the common perception is that this type of claim will involve going to court, the reality is that most personal injury claims are resolved through a settlement.

In a previous blog post, Personal Injury Settlements: Things You Should Know, we discussed some common questions about why to settle and how the settlement and negotiation process works. In this post, we supplement that information by discussing factors that may affect the dollar value of any settlement you might be able to reach with the opposing party. Continue reading

Can I Still Receive a Damage Settlement If I had Pre-existing Medical Issues?

You may be concerned that having pre-existing medical issues before being involved in an motor vehicle accident may preclude you from claiming compensation for your accident injuries. Most people carry the residue of some prior injury or illness. Many of us have suffered a broken bone as a child or have work or sport-related injuries. Some people may be dealing with more serious health problems or chronic medical situations that require ongoing treatment. The good news is that having pre-existing health concerns doesn’t mean you cannot receive a damage award if you suffer new injuries in an accident or if a pre-existing condition is made worse. Continue reading

Personal Injury Settlements: Things You Should Know

If you have been in an accident and are considering pursuing a claim against the person responsible for your injuries, you may be anticipating a courtroom trial. In reality, most lawsuits arising from accidents are resolved through settlement negotiations.

Settlements offer several advantages over proceeding to a trial. They result from a negotiation process, usually with the assistance of experienced legal counsel, after both parties have gathered all of the necessary evidence to allow them to assess the strength of their case. Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about accident claim settlements.

Why should I settle instead of going to court?

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