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What does it mean to settle a personal injury case?

If you have a premises liability claim filed against you in Missouri, the chances are fairly good that you will settle your case. According to the American Bar Association, settling a case simply means coming to an agreement with the other party without needing to involve a judge. Many cases end with a settlement instead of a judgment.

When you settle your case, it means you agree to pay the other person a certain amount of money if he or she drops the case against you. The other person must agree to stop pursuing the lawsuit under the settlement agreement.

While often you will reach a settlement before the case goes before a judge, sometimes settlements come later in the process. The other party may extend an offer or you may extend an offer. It often depends on how the case is going. If you feel you may lose, you might extend a settlement offer to ensure you have control over how much you pay instead of having the judge decide.

You must make the decision on whether to settle your case. It is completely up to you as is any settlement offer you extend. Most often you will use a settlement to save you time and money. Most often, it is much cheaper to settle than to pay the amount the judge awards in addition to all the legal fees required to see a case through the court system. This information is for educational use only. It is not legal advice.

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