There is nothing worse than sustaining a serious injury, especially at the hands of a negligent party. Unfortunately, here in Texas, people are hurt every single day, and often, these injuries require financial compensation to help the individual cover the cost of their medical bills, lost wages, and other damages they’ve incurred as a result of their accident. That said, in a successful personal injury claim, a plaintiff should recover damages either through a verdict or a settlement. Read on and contact a dedicated Nueces County, Texas personal injury lawyer from our firm to learn more about the difference between verdicts and settlements and how we can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What is the main distinction between a verdict and a settlement?
If you win your personal injury claim, you’ll get compensated either through a verdict or a settlement. The main difference is that a settlement is a contract agreed upon outside of court, wherein you and the negligent party’s insurance company (as well as your lawyer) agree to a dollar amount of compensation for your injuries. Most personal injury cases resolve outside of court and are in everybody’s interests. However, insurance companies are known to lowball those who’ve been hurt and are seeking compensation, and will sometimes refuse to offer fair settlements.
In this case, if you and your attorney agree it’s the right choice, you can take your case to court, where you will go to trial. At this point, a jury will hear your case and your desire for additional compensation and determine whether you’re entitled to it. As long as your attorney can prove you’re entitled to more compensation, a judge should issue a favorable verdict.
What can I recover compensation for if I win my personal injury claim?
If you win your personal injury claim, you may recover compensation for a wide variety of damages you’ve incurred as a result of your accident. These damages include both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages deal with the actual cost of your injury and any property damaged in the course of your accident, such as your vehicle. These damages help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages from being unable to return to work, and more. On the other hand, non-economic damages deal with pain and suffering, the loss of enjoyment of life, emotional trauma, scarring/disfigurement, and other incalculable, yet very real damages you’ve incurred.
If you’d like to learn more about how a personal injury case in Texas works, or if you need a seasoned legal team in your corner, look no further than the Sahadi Legal Group. Our firm is here to fight for you, every step of the way. Contact us so we can get started working on your claim.