Personal injury lawsuits are quite common. Many people have filed an injury lawsuit and have had great success, but other people actually lose money from the lawsuit, which is why it is important that before you file a lawsuit you accurately determine whether a lawsuit is the best option. In many cases, it will be the best way to get what you need, and in other cases, you can resolve it on your own. Here are three things you should do before you file an injury lawsuit.
1. Go Through Your Insurance First
In many cases, you can resolve any problems that you have by filing a claim with the insurance company. For instance, if you are in a car accident, and it wasn't your fault, you can file a claim through the other person's insurance and get everything that you need. There should be no need to go through the person personally if they carry liability coverage on their car. The problem is when the person is underinsured or when the insurance company is uncooperative or doesn't acknowledge the claim. In some cases, you will need to hire an attorney to go after the insurance company, and in other cases, you will go against the individual. Either way, you should never talk to an attorney until after you have at least tried to go through insurance first.
2. Try To Settle It On Your Own
In some cases, your dispute won't necessarily involve insurance. For instance, maybe you have a dispute about fencing on a property line with your neighbor. Rather than jump to a lawsuit, which too many people do, try to work it out with your neighbor. Know that, in the end, there is a good chance that you will end up paying the same amount in the settlement, but you will now also have legal fees on top of it, which is why it is best to try and resolve it without lawyers if you can.
3. Let It Go
Most people don't like to hear this advice, but sometimes it is not worth the fight and you need to let it go. If the dispute is over only a couple hundred or a couple thousand dollars, you shouldn't push it. It is better to just walk away. You will lose more money than you can get back in the legal fees alone.
By trying these things first, you can prevent a major lawsuit. If you do find yourself in need of an attorney, contact a professional such as James Lee Katz.