While it is true that most car accident claims are settled without having to file a personal injury lawsuit, sometimes filing a lawsuit is necessary. If you’ve been injured in a car accident in West Virginia, Ohio, or Pennsylvania, the personal injury lawyers at GKT know how to obtain the compensation you deserve and maximize your recovery. Read more to find out how.
Settlements without Filing a Lawsuit
Yes, it is true. Most car accident cases are settled without filing a personal injury lawsuit. The injured person and the insurance company for the at-fault driver settle the case without involving the courts. Typically, the insurance company for the at-fault driver will make an offer to settle the injured party’s claim. Oftentimes the initial offer from the insurance company is a low-ball offer.
Whether the insurance company’s offer is a good or bad one depends on the circumstances. Is there an argument to be made as to who is at fault for the accident? Does the insurance company’s offer fully compensate the injured driver or injured passenger? Each of these questions and many more should be answered and evaluated by an experienced personal injury lawyer before accepting an insurance company’s offer to settle a car accident claim.
An experienced car accident lawyer like myself and the attorneys at GKT can help you determine whether an insurance company’s pre-lawsuit offer to settle a car accident claim is a good one. Our personal injury lawyers are experienced at negotiating the very best settlement on behalf of those injured in car accidents.
Car Accident Lawsuits
If a pre-litigation settlement cannot be reached between the injured driver or passenger and the at-fault driver’s insurance company, the injured driver or passenger will have no other option but to file a lawsuit. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence. Insurance companies are for-profit businesses that seek to avoid paying on claims if they can. They are in business to make money for themselves. The personal injury attorneys at GKT and are in business to obtain compensation for those injured in car accidents.
To make matters worse, insurance companies sometimes use unscrupulous tactics to avoid paying what is fair compensation or not paying at all. These could include delaying payment on a claim so that hospital, car repair, and other bills pile up. All the while, many people cannot return to work due to injuries and lose their income. The goal is to put the injured person in a tough financial predicament so that they jump on the first offer that is made—which is usually a very low offer. Don’t fall for these tactics, the personal injury attorneys at GKT can help you.
Furthermore, some insurance companies seek to shift the blame to the injured person or passenger and thus seek to avoid paying any compensation, or in an effort to pay a less than fair compensation for injuries sustained as a result of the car accident. Again, this is a way insurance companies can still make a profit. They take on a certain amount of risk and to the extent they can minimize the payout to the injured driver or passenger, they may still be able to turn a profit on the claim.
If any of these or other circumstances occur, the person injured in a car accident may be best served by filing a personal injury lawsuit. The experienced personal injury attorneys from GKT can help those injured in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania secure the compensation they deserve.
Car Accident Claims Litigation
Just because a GKT personal injury lawyer files a lawsuit on behalf of a person injured in a car accident, doesn’t mean that you’ll end up at trial. The vast majority of car accident cases settle without a trial. Sometimes, they settle without much litigation and sometimes they settle on the eve of (or even during) trial. Of course, most end up settling somewhere in the middle. Each personal injury case is different and has different strengths and weaknesses.
GKT Car Accident Lawyer
A knowledgeable and experienced GKT personal injury lawyer can help you determine the value of your case and when best to settle—or not to settle. The goal is to obtain the compensation those injured in a car accident deserve. And, when the parties are unable to agree to a settlement, the personal injury lawyers at GKT have the knowledge and experience to fight at trial.
The number one goal of the personal injury attorneys at GKT is to fight for and obtain the compensation owed to those injured in a car accident. Sometimes, it’s obtained without filing a personal injury lawsuit. However, many times it takes the filing of a lawsuit and experienced legal representation to obtain fair and adequate compensation for car accident injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in West Virginia, Ohio, or Pennsylvania, call GKT today at (304) 845-9750 of live chat with a representative 24/7 at GKT.com. We offer free, no-obligation consultations on personal injury cases, car accident claims, and wrongful death claims, and we don’t charge a fee unless we recover compensation on your behalf. The right attorney makes a difference. Call or chat with GKT today.