If you have been injured by a slip and fall accident, there are compelling reasons to consider a settlement offer before you take your case to court. Getting a settlement is not always a bad way to handle the unfortunate situation of being injured accidentally on somebody else's business property.
The following offers reasons why you should agree to a settlement:
Weigh the Value of a Law Suit
If you strongly feel that a court case would be worth all the trouble and cost for you, then by all means, proceed with the law suit. But know that there is a risk involved, and you may end up with nothing at the end of the court case. At least with a settlement, you will definitely leave the situation with more compensation than you had to begin with.
Weigh the cost of the litigation process with the value of the monetary reward you might receive if the outcome is in your favor. It may be worth the difficulties you could experience during the court case, and worth the expenses you would end up paying your attorney. Just be sure to look at the case with reasonable eyes.
If, however, you would like to get the negative experience over with and move on with your life, a settlement would usually be the best way to handle the ordeal.
A Settlement Takes Less Time
Court cases involve a lot of time. There will be depositions, questioning, preparatory time that your attorney will undoubtedly need to get all the information he or she needs to win your case.
Sometimes court cases can drag out for years, and all the while you will be stressed out about it and hoping it works out to your advantage. If you don't win the case, you could appeal, but that will only prolong the process and cause you more undue stress.
Time spent worrying about the case could be time spent doing almost anything more worthwhile. The hardship of having to testify of your accident and then undergo rigorous cross-examination may not be worth it to you, especially knowing there's a chance that you won't win.
Look at the Big Picture
Ultimately, you have to decide whether or not going to all the trouble of a court case is worth it to you. Sometimes it is, but usually, you can still get something out of a settlement and then put it all behind you. You may get a little less than you feel is due to you for your medical expenses and emotional trauma, but you will not come out of it empty-handed.
Talk frankly with your attorney, and get his or her input on the situation. Then, honestly weigh all of the pros and cons of taking your case to court, and make a sound decision to do what is best for you. To learn more, contact a company like Putnam Lieb.