Nobody wants to go through a long and drawn out court case in order to get the injury benefits they deserve, but sometimes that is your only real option. In other instances, it makes a lot more sense to try to come to a settlement agreement with the other side. In today’s blog, we take a look at a number of reasons why it may actually be in your best interest to come to a settlement after your work or personal injury.
You might assume that all injury lawyers just want to settle your case, because it’s less work for them and they will get a cut of your final payday. However, a good lawyer will always try to maximize your award because that’s beneficial for all parties involved. Sometimes that involves taking a case to trial, while other times it means putting together a strong case to help come to a higher settlement offer. There are a number of other reasons why you may be interested in coming to a settlement agreement. Here are some of the most common benefits of settling your injury case.
You Win – While the other side may avoid accepting fault for you injuries in the agreement, you’ll essentially win your case if they agree to a settlement because you will receive a sizeable payday. No matter how much of a sure thing your injury case may seem, there’s always the possibility that something could come up and you could lose. You avoid the possibility of losing your case by coming to a settlement agreement.
Save Time – The workers’ compensation process can be long, so by agreeing to a settlement, you’ll be able to avoid appearances, meetings and court dates. Some people just want to put their injury behind them and move forward, and they struggle to do that if their case is still in limbo. Settling helps to put a final conclusion to your case and save you weeks or months of waiting.
Your Terms – Another big reason why some people like settling their case is that they can pick the terms of the settlement. For example, the insurance company may not approve payments for massage therapy if your case is open, but you may be able to get them to sign off on it as part of a larger final settlement. You have a lot of say in what goes into a settlement agreement, and many people like knowing the terms instead of potentially leaving it up to a judge to decide.
Maximum Compensation – If you put forth a very strong case during settlement talks, there’s a very real possibility that the other side will agree to a larger settlement amount than you may have been able to achieve by taking the case in front of a judge. Again, you never quite know how a case will play out, so consider trying to maximize a settlement award before the case heads to court.
These are just a few of the most common reasons why we advise our clients to consider settling. We’ll always work in your best interests, but as you can see, sometimes your best move involves wrapping up your case early and getting a large settlement. To learn more about how we’ll work to achieve this for you, reach out to the experienced lawyers at Hey Workers today.