A car accident can change the whole course of a Pennsylvania resident's life. They may leave their house in the morning, prepared to drive their regular commute to work and before lunch find themselves in the hospital with serious injuries and multitude of medical costs. Vehicle accident victims and victims of other personal injury claims often consult with attorneys to learn about their rights to sue when others cause them to suffer losses and harm.
However, litigation is not the only outcome that a car accident or personal injury case may achieve. In some situations the victim of an accident may choose to settle their legal claims with the party or parties whose negligence caused them to suffer. A settlement is an informal process in which responsible parties and the victim discuss their case and come to an agreement which compensates the victim for their losses. In exchange, the victim generally is required to release the parties from any future legal claims based on the harm they suffered in the injury-causing accident.
Not every personal injury case will go through settlement negotiations, just as not every personal injury case will prevail at trial. To this end, it is important that victims of vehicle accidents and other personal injury incidents speak with attorneys about their rights before they agree to any offers made by opposing parties or their insurance carriers.
Recovering one's damages after an accident can be an imperative part of getting their life back on track. Whether through settlement or litigation, victims of vehicle and personal injury accidents can benefit from working with personal injury attorneys dedicated to their cases.