Discussing Money Issues During The Initial Legal Consultation For Your Accident Case


Once an injury attorney has decided to take up your case, money issues may become an integral part of your discussion. This is important because, for many people, accident cases are all about the potential monetary recovery. Here are some of the money-related issues you shouldn't fail to discuss with your lawyer:

Value of Your Case

This is an essential discussion that can determine whether or not you proceed to accept an out-of-court settlement offer. For example, if the final settlement offer is $70,000 and your lawyer thinks your case is worth at least $80,000, you should consider taking the offer. This is because the additional (and not guaranteed) $10,000 might not be worth going to court. However, if the lawyer thinks the case is worth at least thrice as much as the insurer is offering, going to court may be wise.

Here are some of the factors that influence the value of an accident case:

  • The seriousness of your injury.
  • The strength of your evidence.
  • The size of nonmonetary damages, such as lost earnings.

These are some of the issues your lawyer will discuss with you when determining the value of your case.

The Minimum Settlement You Will Accept

Although your lawyer will represent you during the settlement negotiations, it's your prerogative to accept or deny an offer. Thus, you should tell your lawyer the minimum offer you can accept so that they can have it on the back of their minds when negotiating. Don't forget that there are cases where it might make sense to accept an offer lower than the value of your case.

Accepting a low offer might make sense, for example, if:

  • You aren't confident about winning; for example, if you don't have strong evidence for your case.
  • The low settlement is the defendant's maximum policy limit, and they don't have other sources of money.

The Cost of the Lawsuit

This is another essential conversation that influences how much money you get from the settlement. The cost of the lawsuit includes the lawyer's fees (this typically ranges from 33% to 40%), court fees, expert testimony charges, and miscellaneous expenses (such as transport). Agree on these costs beforehand, preferably in writing, to avoid disagreements later.

Hopefully, these discussions will shade more light on the money issues of your accident case. Don't forget that your lawyer is there to advise you, but the final decisions should always come from you.


15 July 2016

Maximizing Compensation in Accident and Injury Lawuits

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