Settling a Collingwood Car Accident Case

An injury lawyer could help you submit an application for no-fault benefits and build a liability case with forensic and accounting experts. We will also hire the right medical experts to establish the extent of your damages so the insurance company cannot force you to take settlements which are not reasonable.

When settling a Collingwood car accident case, it is important to take into account whether the amount is reasonable. What you should really be asking yourself is whether you are going to do better at trial. If the amount of money that you are being offered is significantly less than what you are likely to receive from a trial verdict, an expert-ranked auto collision lawyer at Rastin Law could work to get it increased before taking the case to trial.

Deciding on a Settlement Amount after a Local Auto Collision

Settlement amounts for Collingwood car accident cases are based on the value of the plaintiff’s damages for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. In Ontario, that is called general non-pecuniary damages. Additionally, there are damages for economic loss such as lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, and past, present, and future medical and rehabilitation expenses. Each of these items are calculated separately and/or arrived at separately and then derived together to arrive at a settlement amount.

Both sides must agree on a settlement amount, otherwise the case goes to trial. Either party’s lawyer may propose settlement with the insurance company, but the plaintiff has to agree with that number for it to be settled. It is the job of a good personal injury lawyer to prevent an insurance company from unreasonably low-balling with an artificially low settlement number. If a settlement cannot be agreed upon, you will go to court, and the judge and jury will decide an appropriate amount for damages.

Do Jurors Have Any Involvement in Calculating a Settlement?

While juries do not deal with the settlement of a case, they do deal with calculating damages at trial. If your case goes to trial, all your general damages, lost wages, and medical rehabilitation benefits will be decided by a jury.

How Does Negligence on the Part of the Plaintiff Affect the Settlement Amount?

Negligence on the part of the injured person affects the settlement amount for a local car crash claim because of Ontario’s comparative fault system. If a jury decides that you are partially responsible for your own damages, your compensatory award will be reduced by your assigned percentage of fault. For instance, if damages were $1 million, but the injured plaintiff was 50 percent responsible for the accident, their recoverable damages would be reduced to $500,000.

Let a Collingwood Lawyer Assist in Settling a Car Accident Case

One of the lawyers at our firm could help determine the value of your case by hiring forensic accountants and medical and legal experts. We could also help refute allegations of contributory negligence made against you and ensure that the damage calculation is as high as possible by taking the steps to properly prepare your case. Let the legal team at Rastin Law help build a comprehensive settlement demand package on your behalf. Call today to learn more about settling a Collingwood car accident case.

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