There is a real possibility of an unfair settlement in a personal injury case for those who handle their own claims. Before entering into any type of legal agreement with another party, you should understand your rights and responsibilities. Whenever you find yourself in such a situation, you can take several steps to ensure a fair outcome.
You Have Rights – Know Them to Avoid an Unfair Settlement
Being familiar with your Mississippi rights is the first step to avoiding a bad settlement. A good injury lawyer can make sure you are familiar with all applicable laws and regulations in your jurisdiction so that you know your rights and protections in any possible settlement or lawsuit. Further, the lawyer will consider any deadlines or other legal requirements that may apply to your case. Under Mississippi Code § 15-1-49, those who are injured by another’s negligence have three years to file a claim. If the injury is delayed, they can extend the date three years from when they were first aware of the trauma that occurred.
Choose the Best Option for You
In order to understand your options in a personal injury claim, it is important to know your rights. Settlement offers can be negotiated and legal action can also be taken if necessary. A qualified attorney should be consulted before agreeing to any agreement to ensure it is fair and in your best interests.
Take a Look at Your Options
The next step in your legal case should be to evaluate all possible resolutions once you’ve established your rights and protections, which helps you avoid an unfair settlement. Considering your financial and emotional impact on an out-of-court settlement can help you make an informed decision. You may also need to determine the potential costs of court fees and any other expenses that might be associated with litigation. Those costs will be disclosed up front by your injury lawyer.
Taking on an insurance company can be tricky when negotiating a settlement on your own. Your injury lawyer knows all the ins and outs of negotiating with an insurance company and can do it on your behalf. It’s been shown that injury lawyers recover two to three times the amount a private citizen does when reaching an insurance settlement figure in a personal injury case.
It is important to understand your rights, evaluate all of your options, negotiate from a position of strength, and document everything properly in order to ensure that any settlement you reach in a personal injury lawsuit is fair and equitable and covers your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. To avoid ending up with an unfair settlement, it’s best to consult with an experienced attorney before taking your case on yourself.
The Diaz Law Firm
Injuries caused by a negligent motorist, defective product or drug, or another entity can be reviewed for free by the Diaz Law Firm. To schedule a free consultation, or if you have any questions regarding your accident injury, please contact us right away. We can be reached at (601) 607-3456 or (800) 459-2222 whenever you have questions. You can use our online contact form if that is more convenient for you.