The amount that you can expect from a settlement offer depends on several variables. While the goal is to secure the compensation you need to recover from your injuries, pay medical bills, lost wages and other costs, oftentimes the circumstances of a case rather than the exact cost of injuries will determine the final amount.
Who Was At Fault?
If you bear partial responsibility for a car accident in which you were injured, you can expect that the amount you are eligible to recover will decrease by the percentage to which you are deemed to have been at fault. If more than one person was at fault, the cost of the settlement will be distributed among the various people at fault. Sometimes in these cases, not every person who is found to be at fault is able to pay, which can decrease the settlement offer you are realistically likely to receive. Finally, if it is unclear who was at fault, an attorney may not push for as large a settlement as he or she would otherwise if fault had been clear.
Settling Before Trial
Most car accident cases get settled before they go to trial; some get settled even before a plaintiff files a lawsuit. A case that proceeds to court will usually go to trial before a jury.
Who Is On The Jury?
The settlement that you eventually receive can sometimes depend on the politics of the people on the jury, which can also depend on the location where your trial is held. Depending on the county, some juries may be more conservative than others, which can affect the size of the of settlement.
How Quickly Do You Need The Money?
Defendants understand that not every plaintiff can wait for months or years before receiving a settlement. Often defendants will try to settle quickly for an amount that may be far less than what a plaintiff might otherwise receive. For this reason, it's ideal to wait until you have fully recovered, or recovered to the greatest possible extent, before pursuing a settlement. Sometimes, the more a plaintiff needs the money, the less they may actually end up receiving.
We Fight For The Best Possible Settlement
Whatever the details of your case, our firm will do everything it can to secure the largest possible settlement to help you pay for the costs related to an injury caused by someone else's negligence. To schedule your free initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer, call 513-721-1077 in Cincinnati, Ohio, 937-531-7999 in Dayton, Ohio, or 859-547-3334 in Kentucky, or write to us to get more information.