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Why Would I Want to Go to Court Instead of Taking a Settlement?

It can be tempting to accept your first settlement offer or negotiate with insurance companies after you’ve been injured in an accident, as opposed to going to court. Accidents and injuries often place victims in financially vulnerable positions as their medical bills begin piling up along with their lost wages and any property damage that needs repairs. You may be in a hurry to get immediate compensation and don’t have the time to go through court proceedings. Other individuals are, understandably, overwhelmed and traumatized from their accidents and want to move on with their lives as soon as possible.

However, there are many benefits of filing a personal injury claim and going to court that you should consider before making a decision that will likely impact your life and your family’s future.

Recovering Full Compensation

One major benefit of taking your case to court is that you have the opportunity to win a much higher settlement so you can comfortably recover all your damages. Insurance companies are notorious for offering low settlements the first time around, which they know desperate victims may take without question. Though the court process may take some time, in the end you may be able to rest knowing you won the amount you deserve. Settling outside of court can get you compensation quicker, but you may soon learn that the amount you got isn’t enough to cover the full extent of your injuries and damages. Unfortunately, victims aren’t able to reopen their case once they’ve accepted their settlement – the amount you’ve taken is all you have.

Access to Punitive Damages

In certain cases, individuals who file personal injury claims may be able to recover punitive damages in addition to economic and non-economic damages. Punitive damages are ordered by courts as a way to punish at-fault parties if their actions were extremely negligent or willful. Settlements gained outside of court won’t include these damages, which some parties may need to cover the costs of their future medical expenses or diminished earning capacity.

Objective Rulings from Impartial Judges

There are many ways that defendants and insurance companies can manipulate victims or undermine their claims so they don’t have to pay the full amount of compensation or be held 100% liable for damages. However, when your case goes to court, the decision will be made by an impartial judge based on the evidence that is presented. This means you have a fair chance of recovering what is owed to you as long as you have sufficient evidence to show the defendant was negligent and that their negligence caused your injuries and suffering.

You Deserve Honest Legal Representation

Bostic Law Group, P.A. has over 25 years of experience helping injured individuals and families in their time of need. There are many things that can go wrong if you attempt to settle your case on your own, as the legal process is complex and insurance companies may attempt to take advantage of your vulnerability to save money. Having recovered millions in damages after filing personal injury claims, our attorneys can be trusted to provide you with compassionate and honest legal representation.

We can sit down with you and help you understand your rights before we work tirelessly to protect them from self-serving parties and insurance companies. You also have a higher chance of recovering the full amount of compensation you need with an experienced attorney on your side. If you’re unsure of what to do, don’t hesitate to call us so we can walk you through scenarios and offer you options.

Contact our team online or by phone at (843) 350-9646 for a free consultation regarding your personal injury or nursing home abuse case. We’re available to advise you on all aspects of your case, including whether it’s a good idea to go to court.