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Settling a New Jersey Personal Injury Claim

Factors that Can Delay Settlement of Your Case

personal injury claim formIf you’ve been hurt in any type of accident because of someone else’s carelessness, and you’re unable to work because of your injuries, you may have a strong incentive to settle your case, so that you can get some dollars in your pocket, meet your financial obligations and provide for yourself and your loved ones. Expediting a settlement is almost always a bad decision, though, as you’ll typically end up getting far less than you deserve. You need to hire an experienced and knowledgeable attorney, trust that they know what your case is worth, and have the patience to let them maximize your recovery.

There are, however, certain factors that will almost always delay the settlement process:

  • There may be some factual or legal weaknesses in your case, which may require additional investigation or discovery to bolster. There may be challenges determining exactly who was at fault, and there may be allegations that you were partially responsible. Your lawyer may need some time to marshal the evidence to strengthen your case.
  • Your case may actually involve a substantial amount of compensation—As a general rule, the more potential liability an insurer faces, the more due diligence you can expect them to conduct before coming to the bargaining table. Often, they’ll engage in delaying tactics simply to try to wear you out or make you more desperate, so that they can get you to accept less.
  • You have not fully recovered from your injury or the full extent of your injury has not been fully determined—Often, it may not be in your best interests to settle early if your doctors don’t have a good sense of your potential for recovery or of the full extent of medical care you’ll need in the future

Contact Howard D. Popper, P.C.

At Howard D. Popper, P.C., we can help protect your rights. For a free initial consultation to discuss your options after a nursing home injury, contact our office online or call 973-993-8787 to set up an appointment. We have offices in Morristown and Newton.

We handle all personal injury claims, including nursing home neglect, on a contingent fee basis. You won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover damages for your losses.