The Basics of Personal Injury Settlements

Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff and all Arizona communities

There are a few common misconceptions about filing a personal injury claim. Many people fear the anxiety of presenting their case before a jury or judge in a big courtroom; however, most personal injury cases are not resolved in this way. In fact, the majority of personal injury cases end in a settlement.

If you are considering filing a personal injury suit, it is important that you have an experienced attorney who can defend your case. Contact the Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff personal injury lawyers of Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, P.C. to discuss your legal options.

The Process of Receiving a Settlement

In order to win a settlement, there is a standard process which a claimant must complete.

First, the claimant must meet with an attorney who is willing to take on his or her case. After an initial consultation, the attorney will help you file a claim against the opposing party. This grants the defendant the opportunity to seek legal representation, as well.

The second stage of the process is called discovery. During this time, each side will begin investigating the case for evidence which supports their argument. Relevant evidence may include medical bills, expert testimonies, and eyewitnesses.

During the final stage of this process, settlements are negotiated. After all evidence has been gathered, one party will determine a monetary sum which they consider to be appropriate compensation for the claimant’s injuries. If this sum satisfies both parties, the case is settled; however, if one party is unsatisfied, they will renegotiate the sum. In the event that a compromise cannot be reached, the case may go to trial.