Negotiating the Settlement You Deserve after a Chicago Car Crash
A car accident happens in an instant and can be over before you know it. However, the effects of the crash can last for a long time – or may even be permanent. The process of seeking payments from the at-fault party can also take a long time, especially if you do not have the right legal representation. At the law office of Abels & Annes, P.C., in Chicago, our attorneys regularly engage in skillful car accident settlement negotiations to ensure a positive and swift resolution to your claim.
If you suffered injuries in a car accident in the Chicagoland area, you should not wait to call a car accident lawyer at Abels & Annes, P.C., today. We are skilled negotiators who stand up for the rights of our clients to insurance companies and in court. Call us at (312) 924-7575 to learn more.
Insurance Claim Settlements
The first step to seek financial recovery is generally to file an insurance claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company. Insurance companies are not easy to deal with, however, and you should have legal assistance from the very beginning of the claims process.
Insurance companies often instruct adjusters to limit claims when possible, and they may even reward adjusters for keeping payments low. This helps the insurance company retain more profits, however, it can make life extremely difficult for an innocent accident victim. The following are some ways an insurer may try to take advantage of you during the claim process:
- Convince you to make a recorded statement, hoping you might accidentally say something that can be used against your interests
- Downplay the seriousness of your injuries to convince you that your claim is not worth as much as you think
- Promise that they are on your side (they’re not) and that you should not call an attorney (you should)
- Offer much less than you deserve and try to convince you it is your best option
- Cause delays so you may agree to accept a first offer just to speed up the process
Unfortunately, some accident victims do not realize they have other options than to simply accept an insurer’s offer. They do not realize that an experienced attorney can engage in negotiations with the insurance company to fight for a higher offer. Our attorneys know exactly how to play hardball with insurers and how to prove the full value of your claim. Having our help from the start can often increase your chances of positively resolving your insurance claim.
Personal Injury Litigation Settlements
In some cases, an insurance adjuster will not budge. This often occurs in cases involving particularly serious injuries that require ongoing future treatment and cause many intangible losses, such as pain and suffering. Luckily, an insurance claim is not your only option for financial relief.
Our attorneys can decide when it is time to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court. This lawsuit seeks a court order for the insurance company to pay you what you deserve. Like any lawsuit, the personal injury litigation process proceeds in accordance with strict rules of civil procedure, as well as rules of the specific court where you file your claim.
Litigation has many stages, including initial pleadings, discovery, motions, and trial. However, the vast majority of cases never advance to the trial stage, as both sides will likely engage in settlement negotiations – often several rounds – prior to seeking a trial verdict. Discovery provides insight into the evidence of the other side, which can allow our lawyers to build a strong case and prepare persuasive arguments for settlement negotiations.
We sit down in car accident settlement negotiations ready to reach a favorable agreement with the defendant and their insurer. We have many tactics we use in negotiations, and we are persistent yet patient. We know that many cases require many negotiation sessions and we will not back down and accept an offer that is too low. We can use expert analysis and opinions to show we have a strong case for proving both liability and your damages.
Getting a settlement can be beneficial for many reasons. First, both parties have greater control over the outcome of the case. In a settlement, both parties agree to a certain amount. At trial, a jury may offer more or less than a settlement agreement or may find in favor of the defendant altogether. There is greater certainty with a settlement agreement. Once you reach an agreement the court approves, it will become a legal judgment against the defendant.
We do realize there are some cases that just will not settle out of court. We have experience in the courtroom and will take a case to trial when settlement negotiations are not successful. Sometimes, a defendant simply refuses to agree to any fair offer, and you need a litigator handling your case who will never try to convince you that you should accept an offer that is less than you need to cover your losses.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., our priority is our clients. We have engaged in settlement negotiations with many types of liable parties in car accident cases, including other drivers and negligent companies. We negotiated settlements for a wide variety of cases, including those for clients with devastating or disabling injuries. No matter what happened in your car accident, please do not wait to contact our office so we can evaluate your rights.
Contact a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer for More Information Today
Accidents happen on the streets of Chicago on a daily basis and result in serious injuries. If you are dealing with the aftermath of a crash, the attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C., are here to help. We handle every aspect of car accident cases, from filing insurance claims to resolving lawsuits in the most favorable manner possible. We do not stop fighting for our clients and explore all options to get you the settlement you deserve. Please call our office at (312) 924-7575 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today.