Many people are in car accidents every year. Some of these accidents are easy to resolve and both parties can feel satisfied that the damages have been paid for and that they can each move on with their lives. However, there are some cases where people are not able to resolve the problem and so they might consider filling a personal injury lawsuit. There are many reasons to file a personal injury lawsuit, but there are also some cases where you shouldn't file a lawsuit. Here are some incidents where you shouldn't file a lawsuit.
1. The Accident Was Small and Injuries Were Minor
If the accident was only small and there were no real injuries sustained in the accident, there is no reason to make a fuss over it. In addition, you need to consider how much money you are trying to get out of the accident. If your goal is to get a couple hundred dollars, or a small amount, it may not be worth filing. You have to consider the amount of money you will pay in legal fees and other expenses and realistically consider if it is worth your time and money for such a small amount. Instead, it may be better to just file a claim with the insurance company and try to work it out through them.
2. You Feel Anger Or Vengeance Toward The Other Party
Many times people come out of an accident feeling as though they were wronged. Thus, instead of filling the lawsuit based on strict numbers, they do it based on emotion. This is not a good reason to file a lawsuit. You should try to file a claim through the insurance company first, and if they can give you a good amount of money to pay for your damages and troubles, that should be enough. Lawsuits shouldn't be a punishment to the other party; instead they should be practical and about money that you are owed.
3. If The Insurance Provider Gives You A Good Settlement, Take That Instead
The first thing you should do is file a claim with the insurance provider. In this claim you should include all of the expenses that you have because of the accident. Medical bills, lost time at work, property damage, and anything else that cost you money should be itemized for the insurance provider. If the insurance company is willing to give you a decent amount for the accident, you should take it. Recognize what you will have to pay in legal fees and time spent dealing with the lawsuit, and ask yourself if it is worth the small difference in money you will receive.
By considering these things, you can know when it is time to avoid filing a personal injury lawsuit. If you do still want to proceed with a personal injury case or the damages done to you were extensive, make sure to contact a professional personal injury attorney, such as those at Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC.