The Personal Injury Case Settlement Process

Generally speaking, personal injury case settlements can occur at any time. When your case settles and whether or not it goes to trial really depends on how amiable the insurance company is to working with us, and whether or not they make you a fair settlement offer. If they do not, regardless of whether it is before or after depositions, we will recommend going to court to fight for the compensation that you deserve.

What Happens to Personal Injury Case Settlements After Deposition?

In our experience as personal injury attorneys in Pensacola, we have found that many personal injury cases will settle long before actually going to court. Settlements are common in personal injury cases because:

  • When an insurance company realizes that the injured party has legal counsel, they tend to be more willing to come to the negotiating table.  
  • If we feel that you are getting a fair offer we will recommend that you take it, rather than continuing to pursue the case in court.

 Our goal is to maximize your compensation to ensure that you receive the money you need to pay for your medical bills, both today and tomorrow, along with any lost wages that you have suffered as a result of your accident.

Whether this happens through the result of pretrial negotiations, or it happens because a judgement is issued against the insurance company, our goal remains the same. If we feel that you are getting a fair offer we will recommend that you take it, rather than continuing to pursue the case in court.

Do Personal Injury Claims Go to Trial?

Yes, personal injury claims do go to court. Keep in mind that the insurance company is after their own best interest, which means minimizing how much financial compensation they pay out for your claim.

Insurance companies may:

  • Attempt to deny your claim payments for surgeries or multiple procedures.
  • Try to get away with not paying any lost wages.

How we Respond as Personal Injury Lawyers

Your personal injury lawyer would need to take your claim to court to compel the insurance company to pay for the procedures necessary for your recovery. 

If your accident and injuries have caused you to miss work or made it so you are no longer able to work in the same capacity you did before, you deserve to receive compensation. When the insurance company is unwilling to give it to you, we will recommend taking your claim to court where we will fight to get the personal injury compensation to which you’re entitled. 

How Is Pain And Suffering Calculated in Personal Injury Cases?

Pain and suffering damages are different to damages relating to lost income and medical bills. Typically, pain and suffering damages associated with personal injury cases are calculated based on:

  • The severity of the injuries
  • The impact on the victim’s life moving forward
  • The age of the victim
  • The economic loss suffered

Your personal injury attorney will likely use the multiplier method to calculate the total pain and suffering compensation. The multiplier method takes the economic damages you suffer and multiplies them by a number between 1 and 5. The higher the level of pain and suffering, the higher the multiple. 

Call today to discuss your case in further detail. We will then be able to help you understand the next steps of your case, along with whether or not it is likely to end up in court. Click here for answers to other common personal injury questions.