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Settling a case: Why you shouldn't take the first offer

Since a trial is a long process, you may wish to settle your personal injury claim outside court. The problem is that a settlement may not be as much money as you'd have received if you had gone through trial. Sometimes, offers are extremely low, and even though you want to put the past behind you, you shouldn't take what you're offered as if it's the only offer available.

Settling a case does save money and helps you get what you need sooner, but there's no reason for a person to settle a case for an amount that is unfair. This is particularly true if you know the person who hurt you is at fault and has either admitted to it or has evidence showing his or her actions as responsible for your injuries.

When is it a good idea to settle a case?

It can be a good idea to settle the case if your attorney has negotiated and got you a settlement that is fair. If he or she believes that the jury would award a similar amount or that you may not receive as much if you go to trial, then taking the settlement is a good option.

When should you choose to go to trial?

Sometimes, insurance companies and individuals won't budge on their settlement offers. If they're too low and aren't negotiating for an amount that you need, then it's more appropriate to take the case to court. While it may take longer, if you're more or less positive that the case is in your favor, it can be good to allow a jury or judge to determine how much to award to you.

Not all settlements are created equal, and it's important that you get an amount that helps you cover medical bills, lost wages and other financial losses. Additionally, you may be entitled to further compensation for the pain and suffering you've been through. Don't take the first settlement offered to you. It's okay to take time to consider your options.

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