Car Accident Cases: From Settlement Offers to Trial

Dealing with injuries? Not sure where you’re going to get money to help cover medical expenses? Need to help a loved one who has been injured as a result of a loved one? There are a lot of steps that come with a potential lawsuit and knowing what to expect can be helpful.

Before you move forward with a lawsuit, recognizing specific tactics by the other team or knowing what rights you have is important. Here are some of the things you can expect from the potential settlement offer to the trial.

Settlement Offers

After an accident, the insurance company of the negligent party may offer you a settlement for a number of reasons. Here are some of the reasons settlement offers are made:

  • The insurance company wants to avoid going to trial and having the situation publicized. Instead, a settlement keeps matters private and the insurance company hopes that it will suffice for the damages the victim sustained.
  • The insurance company is looking out for their own profit and bottom line. Offering a settlement means the insurance company may be able to get away with paying a less than adequate amount to the victim.

In some situations, the insurance company may file a motion to dismiss before even getting to this point in order to devalue the claim of the victim.

Why a Trial May be the Better Option

Some individuals fear going to trial because they don’t want to deal with the courts or the long process. However, if the settlement offer isn’t adequate, going to trial may mean getting the maximum compensation possible.

Before that point, though, the plaintiff and defendant may need to go through discovery and more. Having a Michigan car accident attorney on your side is one of the most effective ways to get through this situation in a positive manner.

If you’ve been hurt, our team at Fieger law is here to help you move forward after a crash so you don’t have to deal with the legal matters; only focus on your recovery. When negligence causes you harm, you have rights and we’re ready to protect them.

Schedule your free consultation today by calling our firm at (800) 294-6637.

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