Going through a personal injury lawsuit can be a major headache. Many people spend time and money with a lawsuit only to walk away without getting what they want. Luckily, this doesn't have to be the case for you. If you are filing a lawsuit it is important that you know how to handle the suit so that you can get exactly what you want. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your lawsuit.
1. Rely On The Facts
One of the biggest mistakes that people make is making the lawsuit emotional. Putting your emotions in the suit will not help you get what you deserve. In fact, it could prevent it. Instead, when you file the suit you should rely on the facts only.
Go through and get documentation about the case. Find medical bills, police reports, emails, text messages, tax forms, pay stubs, and anything else that could prove that you were wronged. The other party is more likely to concede your point if you have facts to show them proving that you were wronged.
2. Go Big
Remember that the legal process is a great negotiation. If you ask for a certain amount and they give it to you on the first time, you have gone too low. Instead, you should be denied your first request and counter-offer. This way you are bound to get more money out of the settlement. You should go through and calculate how much money you lost from the accident. This could be lost wages, medical expenses, property damage, emotional damage etc. Then choose to ask for the higher end of that number. That way you have a better chance of getting more money out of the settlement.
3. Settle Outside of Court
No body likes going to court. Even lawyers don't like going to court. This is because you have no control once you get before the judge. The judge or the jury decides your fate. This is why it is better to try and settle your dispute outside of court. It gives you more control and you are more likely to get what you want. Yes, you may have to compromise, but it is usually worth it. The amount that you give in the settlement will still be less than what you would pay in legal fees. For this reason, most cases settle outside of the courtroom.
By understanding these things you can be sure to get the most out of your lawsuit. (for more information, contact Dunnigan & Messier P.C. or another firm)Share