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How do I know if I qualify for a settlement?

Published on September 22nd, 2019

Personal Injury Lawyer

If you were injured in an accident that involved either illegal or reckless behaviors, on the job or somewhere outside of work or home, you may qualify for a settlement, and contacting an attorney can be your best first step.

If the actions of another have caused you harm, taking legal action will prevent others from being injured in the future, making it important that you do what you can to prevent future injuries.

Too, if you would not have sustained the injury if safety features were in place, you have the right to file a claim in order to recover compensation to cover the costs of your injuries.

Settlements aren’t sure things

Qualifying for a settlement, even if you know what happened to you was the result of someone else’s reckless, careless behavior, does not mean you will receive one, however.

There are cases where incidents occur – medical malpractice especially – where injuries happen that can alter the rest of your life. Laws are designed to protect the medical profession, and they have teams of lawyers who will spend countless hours researching your past, unearthing anything possible to create doubt in the mind of a jury, if the case goes to trial. Understanding that going in can make the traumatizing process easier.

Other injury cases are not so complex, however, and few will go to trial.

Ask an attorney

The best way to determine if you might qualify for a settlement is to talk to an attorney.

A personal injury attorney will fill you in on your rights and help you decide if going forward to pursue a settlement is in your best interests.

In the case of an on-the-job injury or an injury that occurs at a place of business, your attorney will be able to determine if your injuries were sustained due to carelessness or negligence on the part of the other party, and they will not only help you file your claim, but will have your back and will fight to see that you are properly reimbursed for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other expenses.

The right attorney will also help you pursue a medical malpractice case, but it is important to find an attorney with the resources available to hire expert witnesses who will be able to testify on your behalf, because those are the people who will make your case.

The majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court, since the defendant is usually just as unwilling to spend the money going to court as are you, the plaintiff, and your team.

In most situations, if your case is strong enough, your legal team will negotiate a settlement that covers your costs – medical, emotional and other damages – fairly during pre-trial hearings or in some cases, down to the wire on the courthouse steps.

Even if you love your job and your employer, if you are injured while working, you have the right to seek out legal representation from a personal injury lawyer in West Palm Beach, FL to cover the costs of your injuries. No matter the circumstances, you should not have to shoulder the burden alone.

 

Thanks to The Law Office of Eric H. Luckman, P.A. for their insight into personal injury claims and settlements.

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