Motor vehicle accidents are stressful ordeals, and most people just want to put the whole incident behind them. Accident victims endure enough stress as it is between trying to determine what to do and just making sure they’re physically okay. Once a case has been opened, there will be more decisions to make, including knowing when to settle the case or if a law suit needs to be filed. The good news is, partnering with a knowledgeable attorney can greatly assist clients with these big decisions and reduce the stress load.
As a personal injury attorney in Trinity, Florida who understands injuries, medical treatment, and the costs, I spend a great deal of time with each client to help determine if it is in the client’s best interest to settle or to sue.
Sometimes, insurance companies won’t pay their fair share from the coverages available and filing a law suit would definitely be in the best interest of the client. Other times, clients just want to quickly put the accident behind them and settle the case as long as a fair offer has been presented.
One important factor in the decision is to make sure you understand the full extent of your injuries. This includes getting the necessary tests and scans to properly diagnose the injuries. It also may include getting a second opinion from another doctor.
Another important factor in the decision to settle or sue is to evaluate the effectiveness of the initial treatment. Doctors often recommend starting with the least invasive treatment that is likely to be effective. It could even be as simple as rest and a pain reliever. If after some period of time your injuries do not seem to be healing properly, treatment may need to escalate to physical therapy, steroid injections or even surgery. If you settle before evaluating the effectiveness of your treatment, you may find yourself stuck paying for additional treatment needed down the road.
For these reasons, the decision to settle or sue often becomes clearer over time as the extent of one’s injuries, the effectiveness of medical treatment, and the insurance company’s willingness to pay for needed medical treatment all become clearer. The decision is made easier when you discuss your options with an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who has been through the decision-making process many times before.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, and have been offered a settlement by your insurance company, and need the advice of an experienced car, truck or motorcycle accident attorney in Trinity, New Port Richey, Spring Hill, Brooksville or Inverness, contact my team at the Law Office of Charles S Philips. We would be happy to answer your questions and if necessary provide you with legal counsel to help you decide whether to settle or sue.