While most personal injury claims in Washington—and the United States—are resolved by a negotiated settlement rather than a trial, it is important to realize that every case is different, and many settlements are reached after a lawsuit has been meticulously prepared and filed.
Personal injury attorney Marya Fuller is a specialist in accident and injury law. She knows that no two cases are the same and many factors must be considered when determining whether to settle out of court or proceed to trial. Whether at the negotiating table or in the courtroom, our firm will pursue a positive outcome that reflects the value of your claim as well as your individual needs and goals.
Is It Better to Settle a Personal Injury Claim or Go to Court?
A settlement can save both parties the effort, expense, and uncertainty of going to trial. If both parties can agree on an acceptable outcome, a settlement can be an efficient resolution to a lawsuit. However, it is important to understand that insurance companies are profit-driven businesses, and initial settlement offers are typically far less than an accident victim deserves. When dealing with an insurance company, it is in your best interest to have an experienced lawyer negotiate on your behalf.
At Fuller & Fuller, Attorneys PLLC, we handle your claim on its unique merits. We will conduct a thorough investigation, examine the facts surrounding your case, and tailor a legal strategy that is customized specifically for you. We do all we can to achieve a favorable outcome, whether that be through a negotiated settlement or the verdict of a judge or jury.
What Makes a Good Settlement Offer?
A good settlement offer is one that pays you a fair value for the injuries you suffered in an accident and the impact your injuries have had on your life, family, and future.
When evaluating the quality of a settlement offer, your attorney will consider factors such as:
Economic and Non-Economic Losses
Your settlement should compensate both your economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses include out-of-pocket expenses such as medical costs and lost earnings. Non-economic losses include other negative impacts on your life, such as emotional distress, pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
Current and Future Losses
When seeking damages after a personal injury, it is important to determine both your current and future losses. While your current hardships may be top of mind, the long-term effects of your injury could be even greater.
An experienced attorney will look at the full scope of your injuries and the impact they will continue to have on your life years from now. Your personal injury lawyer will calculate your current and future losses and pursue the damages to which you may be entitled under Washington law.
Who Decides Whether to Settle or Go to Trial?
As the client, it is always your choice whether to settle your personal injury claim. The role of your attorney is to provide you with a clear, current, and accurate evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and to advise you on whether a settlement matches that evaluation and your personal priorities.
We strive to resolve our clients’ cases as quickly as possible. However, although an expeditious resolution can be beneficial, we do not want to compromise your best interests in doing so.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Don’t face the insurance company alone. The personal injury lawyers at Fuller & Fuller, Attorneys PLLC have extensive experience negotiating with insurers and representing clients in court. We will work tirelessly to ensure you achieve a fair outcome in your case.
To discuss your case in a free, no-obligation consultation, contact our office today online or at (800) 570-4878. We proudly serve Olympia, Tacoma, and other areas in Washington.