If you are involved in a personal injury case, this can be an emotional time, especially if you are still recovering. While working with your personal injury attorney, you might be offered a settlement before heading to court. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of this offer with your lawyer. Here are three reasons taking a settlement offer might be the best decision.
1. You Can Get on With Your Life
If you have been working through a personal injury, rehabilitation and the upheaval of your life in general can be stressful. Adding a personal injury case to this with lawyers and making sure that you aren't taken advantage of can add to stress. If you are given a settlement out of court, try to evaluate the time and effort a court case will take away from other areas in your life. Sometimes taking an initial settlement can be the best way to put your ordeal behind you for good.
2. When a Settlement is Fair
Don't just immediately reject a settlement offer just because you are still angry. Many times offers that come in are fair and this might be the best option. Your personal lawyer will be able to review this can compare this to other similar cases and their outcomes. This isn't the time to remain stubborn over your case. If your attorney recommends you take a settlement, it is a good idea to really think this over and probably take this offer.
3. If Going to Court will be Costly
Weighing all of the pros and cons of going to court are important, including the financial burden. While you may have expected a higher settlement, review this in comparison to the costs that will be incurred if you do go to court to fight for a higher offer. This will cause you to miss more time from work or with your family and will include lawyer fees. These costs can all add up quickly and will take away from any higher settlement amount you were hoping for in the first place.
Only you and your attorney know all of the ins and outs of your case and personal needs. Don't listen to others that might not understand your case and say you should hold out for a better offer. If you are happy with a settlement offer that has been vetted by your lawyer, this is really all that matters for you to settle out of court and move on.