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Reasons to Wait to Settle a Personal Injury Case


If someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior caused you to become injured in one of Florida’s many annual car accidents and left you financially burdened, you are not alone. The fact that accidents leave many people injured hurt on roadways in the Sunshine State every year doesn’t change how frustrating it can be to suddenly be faced with unanticipated costs due to injuries you could never have planned. Many accident victims choose to pursue the recovery of medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering from the party accountable for their injuries. But that doesn’t mean that choosing to pursue a claim is always straightforward, nor that it is easy to know when the right moment to settle the claim is.

Does Every Case Go to Trial?

It seems like every television show that spotlights any kind of legal interaction demonstrates it inside of a courtroom. This can be intimidating to accident victims who already have enough stressful things on their minds. As the experienced legal team at The Pendas Law Firm, we have repeatedly heard hesitation from victims who want to pursue claims but don’t know whether they should do so because the idea of going to court is concerning. We hope to alleviate some of these concerns today by discussing just how few personal injury cases actually go to trial. In fact, only four percent to five percent of the personal injury cases in the United States actually end up seeing the inside of a courtroom. That means that for most people, the chances of their own case ending up in court are very slim.

Reasons to Wait to Settle Your Case

While most cases will not make it to trial, that does not mean that there should be a rush in every case to reach a settlement. It is essential to understand that settling a case is final. That means that once your case is settled, you cannot go back and change it – ever. Therefore, you should hesitate to settle your case if:

  • There is a lot of disagreement between the parties on essential matters like fault
  • Only a short amount of time has passed since the accident, lessening the chances of all needed evidence being acquired
  • You are still getting medical treatment
  • Your injuries are complicated and you have not been told by a doctor that you have reached maximum medical improvement, meaning your injuries have not stabilized as much as expected

Is Waiting Always Best?

No. Some people need to get back to work after the accident, don’t want to pursue further medical treatment, or are simply ready to move on. The decision to settle is ultimately yours, but it is recommended that individuals who are pursuing personal injury claims seek the legal guidance of an attorney. You can depend on the experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm. We offer free case evaluations to help you navigate the legal process and explore your options. You can contact us today for a consultation at no cost to you other than your time.

The Pendas Law Firm also represents clients in the Orlando, Miami, Ocala, Bradenton, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Fort Myers, Jacksonville and Daytona Beach areas.


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