If you have been injured in some sort of accident you might be wondering if you should file a personal injury lawsuit. Even more, you might have already filed the lawsuit and are wondering if you should take it to trial. In most cases you should avoid court if possible. Here are a couple things to try before your take a personal injury dispute to court.
1. Make A Claim With The Insurance Company
Your main reason for filing a personal injury lawsuit is to get restitution for your damages. If it is about revenge or hurting another person you will rarely get what you want, and you could hurt yourself in the process. Thus, the main goal should be getting the funds you need to help pay for your injury and your damages.
One way this can be done is through your insurance company. If you file a claim through your insurance company, you might be able to get the restitution through a claim. Even if you don't get the exact amount that you want, it still may be worth ending there since you will save a great deal of money in legal fees. In addition, you won't have to prolong the amount of time that it takes to get the money. You can make the insurance claim on your own, or if you are meeting resistance from the insurance company, you can employ the services of an attorney.
2. Settle Through Mediation
Another good option is to go through mediation. If the insurance company is either unwilling or unable to pay and you need to go through with the lawsuit, you should do what you can to settle it in mediation. Mediation is when the two parties get together, in the presence of their lawyers, and work through the conditions on the settlement. Mediation can usually be scheduled relatively quickly after the lawsuit has been filed, so you can resolve the dispute faster. In addition, mediation costs a lot less money in legal fees. Going to court and litigating the dispute can be incredibly pricey. This is why many people feel that even though they may not have got as much as they wanted out of the settlement, it is still better than court because they saved all the money in legal fees. Consequently, if you can resolve it in mediation, you should.
These are two things that you should always try before you take a dispute to the courtroom.
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