My name is Danielle Diaz. One of the things I've learned in life, both inside and outside the courtroom, is that it is important to not see others as your enemy. Even though you may see the prosecutor as your enemy, he or she is just trying to do a job. It may be possible that you can get a prosecutor or the judge to be sympathetic and get him or her on your side. In order to accomplish this, you need to understand the law. I feel that most individuals do not understand the law, which is why I was motivated to create this blog.
While a settlement is a quick way to be paid for an accident, you may end up taking your case to court. If you do, it can be helpful to understand how court judgments come about. Read on to find out what goes into accident judgments.
Settlements and Judgments: What to Know
After an accident, you can be paid three ways. You can settle for what the insurer offers you, which is usually just your medical bills and the cost to repair any vehicle damage. To settle your case, your personal injury lawyer negotiates with the insurer to get you the best possible amount of compensation for all the ways you have been affected. On top of medical expenses and vehicle repair, that usually includes lost wages, future medical treatment costs, and pain and suffering. If you take your case to court, you can be paid for the same damages as you asked for in the settlement. The jury, however, has the discretion to give you more or less. Below are the factors that affect how much you will be paid if you take your case to court.
Your personal injury lawyer may only be able to provide you with a ballpark figure about compensation at first. As time goes on, you will soon agree on an amount that you deserve to be paid. Speak to a personal injury attorney to learn more.