When Will My Houston Personal Injury Case Be Settled?
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If you have sustained serious injuries in an accident due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another party, you may be feeling pressured by the insurance company to settle your claim. Negotiation and settlement can be complex issues.
A skilled Houston personal injury lawyer with the Krist Law Firm, P.C. can advocate for your rights and successfully steer your claim through this confusing time. Call today at 281-283-8500 for a free consultation.
Negotiating a Settlement Offer
While an insurance company may make what appears to be an attractive offer, it is important to understand that the insurance adjuster will attempt to pay out the least amount possible for your claim. If you sign a settlement agreement before you know the full extent of your injuries, you will not be entitled to seek additional compensation from that party for your losses down the road.
You should not accept a settlement offer before you have spoken to a personal injury attorney to determine the best course of action. Working with an experienced personal injury attorney as early as possible following an accident will ensure that you obtain the compensation you deserve. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we will explain what you can expect when you file a personal injury lawsuit and we will fight to secure a fair settlement for your injuries as quickly as possible.
Many accident victims are hesitant to bring a lawsuit and they often ask how long it will take for their case to be resolved. The vast majority of personal injury cases are resolved through a negotiated settlement and do not proceed to trial. The reality is that settling a case will save you the time and expense of going to trial and will allow you to move on much more quickly.
The time it takes to reach a settlement will depend on a variety of factors specific to your case, including the nature and severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, the size and type of the insurance company, how long it takes for you to complete medical treatment, the length of the investigation, and whether there are questions of liability with regard to the accident.
A settlement can be reached before or after a personal injury complaint is filed and at any point during a lawsuit. Your attorney must first figure out the extent of your losses to come up with a fair settlement amount. This requires a detailed analysis of all of the evidence to build a strong case supporting your claim for compensation. While some cases may be settled before a complaint is ever filed, settlement negotiations will typically begin after your attorney has conducted an investigation of your accident and injuries, filed a lawsuit, and both sides have had the opportunity to conduct discovery.
The insurance company or opposing counsel will either accept the settlement offer made by your attorney or make a counter offer. Settlements can be reached through agreements between the parties or in the arbitration or mediation process where a neutral third party helps both sides reach a mutual resolution.
Get Help With Your Personal Injury Case
The Krist Law Firm, P.C. has over 27 years of experience handling a wide variety of personal injury cases, and we are often able to achieve favorable settlements for our clients without having to go to trial. However, it is important to keep in mind that our team of talented personal injury attorneys are committed to obtaining the maximum compensation in every case – and if that means taking your case to trial because the other side refuses to pay, then we will be prepared to do just that.
Our goal is to help you recover the compensation you deserve and we pride ourselves on providing skilled advocacy and excellent client service. We will negotiate with the responsible parties and/or insurance companies on your behalf to obtain compensation for your injuries so that you can focus on healing and recovery.
We understand the financial burdens you may be facing when you’ve experienced a debilitating injury. You will not have to pay us any money in the initial stages of your case, and you only pay us a fee if we help you obtain compensation. Find out how The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can help with your Houston personal injury case by calling 281-283-8500 to schedule your free consultation today.