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Personal Injury Settlement Agreement: What You Need to Know

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A personal injury settlement is an end to a personal injury claim. This is the agreement of a resolution between the plaintiff and the defendant. In some scenarios, both parties should settle; however, sometimes, it’s better to go to trial.


A settlement is achieved through the negotiation of both parties, including their insurance companies. The claim and accident will be analyzed and if the defendant’s insurance company accepts liability for the accident, the plaintiff will receive an offer for a settlement to resolve their dispute.

The plaintiff can:

  • Accept the settlement
  • Negotiate for a higher price
  • Reject the settlement, taking the case to trial

If the claim is rejected, a settlement is unable to be reached, and the plaintiff has the opportunity to file a personal injury lawsuit instead.


There are many benefits to reaching a settlement agreement. A huge advantage to settling is the cost. Settling is cheaper than going to trial since a trial requires additional attorney fees, court costs, and other legal expenses.

In addition, a settlement is much shorter than a trial as a settlement can take anywhere between three to six months, whereas a trial can take up to a year. However, sometimes accepting a settlement is not your best option, as you should take your case to trial.

Rejecting a Settlement

Sometimes the settlement you’ve been offered is not enough to cover your expenses. Before you accept or try to renegotiate the settlement on your own, you should speak with a legal professional. They will inform you of your best options and may be able to recover expenses that aren’t included in the settlement.

We Can Assist You

We understand how frustrating a personal injury settlement can be, which is why we’re here to take on your case. Here at Biren Law Group, we have the resources and experience to handle even the most complex cases. If you are ready to settle your dispute, give our office a call at (310) 896-4345 or visit our website to start your free consultation. You don’t have to go through this alone.