Should You File a Lawsuit Due To a Car Accident?
Guidance from Our Olathe Car Accident Lawyers
car accident, what steps should an injured person take? Some people think you should
immediately file a lawsuit in court. However, the truth is, there are
other alternatives to filing a lawsuit. Yes, lawsuits can be effective.
However, they can be very costly and eat into your overall financial goals
and needs. For example, during
civil litigation you can spend tens of thousands of dollars on your expert witnesses alone.
Don't misunderstand, sometimes this is exactly what should be done.
And the reality of a lawsuit can often convince an insurance company to
settle. But before going to court, consider several alternatives that
can save time and money and still produce a fair result.
Alternatives to Filing a Lawsuit
As Olathe car accident attorneys, it is our goal to get as much money as
we can for our injured clients. Before filing a lawsuit, we often attempt
to reach a settlement with the insurance company to achieve this result.
This can lead to arbitration or mediation.
Arbitration involves an agreed-upon arbitrator hearing the evidence and
deciding the dispute rather than a jury or actual judge.
Mediation, on the other hand, involves voluntarily meeting with a mediator
who attempts to help the parties settle the dispute out of court. Because
a lawsuit is a real possibility, the case can often simply be resolved
by the insurance company and the personal injury lawyer working out an
agreed upon settlement without either arbitration or mediation. Mediation
is often used by our law firm to help lead to settlement for our clients.
In the end, the insurance companies have numerous things to consider when
attempting to resolve a case. For example, if they don't get the case
settled, there could potentially be a bad faith claim against them later,
leading to much larger exposure and damages than what the policy limits
initially exposed them to.
Also, if the insurance company isn't working fairly with you, you may
be able to make a complaint to your state's insurance department.
To file such a consumer complaint, you should contact your state insurance
department. Here are the links for
Missouri. In any event, if you are dealing with serious injuries, definitely consult
with an experienced car wreck lawyer from our firm before you do anything.
We have helped many clients throughout Johnson County obtain maximum compensation
from their car accident claims.