Learn the Steps Needed to Settle Your Car Accident Claim without Going to Trial
Most people do not want to end up in court following a car accident. If they have been injured, they generally want to get the compensation they are owed for their damages and then move on. While no one can guarantee with 100% certainty that an insurance company will be willing to settle with you, the better your personal injury attorney is, the more likely it is that you can settle your case.
Keep reading to learn about the main steps you should take if you want to settle your case without going to trial, but while still getting a fair settlement. If you have questions or are ready to let an attorney fight for your rights, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.
Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney
First and foremost, we recommend that you contact a personal injury attorney. Tell us about your injuries, the full extent of the accident, and any evidence you have. For example, get copies of medical bills and records, evidence of lost wages, etc. We might also talk to other professionals, such as financial experts and doctors, to get a better idea of the long-term cost of your injuries.
Make Your Demand
Once you have talked to a personal injury attorney and gone over your case, we will determine the monetary damages you are owed. We will then submit a demand letter to the at-fault party and/or their attorney. This demand letter will also include the legal arguments necessary to support what we are asking for, such as medical bills and police reports.
Once it has been received by the defense attorney or insurance provider, they have a certain amount of time to respond and pay the amount or make a counteroffer. It is more common for them to make a counteroffer than to pay the demand. Your attorney will handle the negotiation.
The Final Step Might Be Taking the Case to Court
Ideally, we would be able to negotiate a fair settlement with the at-fault party or their representatives. However, if they are unwilling to pay a fair amount, then we are not afraid to take your case to court. We will only do this if there is a strong case and we feel confident we are likely to recover much more than they are willing to negotiate.
If you would like to learn about your options and find out how Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas can help you, contact us at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.