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Protecting your interests when negotiating settlement offers

Arizona readers know that a car accident can change the course of their lives and leave them with significant injuries. Many victims of car accidents also have to deal with expensive medical treatment and face other costs that can be financially crippling. In some cases, victims of accidents have the right to seek compensation through a civil claim.

A civil claim can be an appropriate way for you to recover your financial losses as an accident victim. While litigation is sometimes necessary, it may be possible for you to seek reasonable recovery though a settlement. Whether you are negotiating these terms or you are getting offers, you would be wise to think carefully before accepting and work diligently to protect your future interests.

What you need to know in order to protect yourself

Settling your case before it goes to court can mean less stress and a faster resolution. Insurance companies and liable parties may offer you a settlement in order to avoid the costs and negative publicity that can come with a trial. However, these parties do not necessarily have your best interests in mind, and it may be necessary for you to negotiate terms that fairly compensate you. Consider the following: 

  • You do not have to wait for a settlement offer, but instead, you can send a demand letter to the liable party requesting a specific amount of money for damages and outlining accident details.
  • You do not have to simply accept a settlement offer as your only option. Some accident victims do not realize they actually have the right to negotiate a higher amount of compensation.
  • You do not have to accept any settlement offers, even after negotiations, if you believe they are unfair. You have the right to seek recourse through a lawsuit.

Navigating the settlement process and aftermath of an accident can be complex and confusing. You will find it helpful to have an experienced legal ally by your side during this time. 

Fighting for full compensation

After an accident, you have the right to fight for the full amount of compensation you need to cover your accident-related losses and other damages. You should not have to suffer alone from the negligent or reckless actions of another person, but you can have guidance from the very beginning of the claims process.

Whether it is around the negotiating table or in the courtroom, you can intentionally pursue restitution for your financial, physical and emotional pain and suffering from your accident.

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