Truck accident victims in Florida will want to know what their options are when it comes to receiving damages. They can go through the civil court with a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible trucking company or strive for an informal settlement. While a settlement will bring in less than what a successful suit would award, it could still cover past medical expenses, lost income during the physical recovery and pain and suffering.
Cases can be settled out of court through alternative dispute resolution methods like negotiation and mediation. Since these options are both non-binding, they can take place while a case goes through the civil courts. Another method is arbitration, which is binding and waives the victim’s right to go to trial for the same claim. With ADR methods, the victim generally gives up the right to publicly hold the defendant liable as well as the option to pursue any further legal action connected to the accident and its resulting injuries.
A major advantage of ADR is that it allows both parties to speak confidentially. This means both sides can be more candid and less defensive as they explain their reasons for believing the other is guilty. Neither is forced to admit to any wrongdoing, and an agreement could be made amicably and more cost-effectively than if the victim went to court.
If necessary, a victim could hire their own legal representative before venturing into ADR. Accident attorneys usually have an in-house team of investigators who can find evidence of negligence from a truck collision. This evidence could help improve the chance of getting a maximum settlement amount.