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Can I Appeal My Pennsylvania Injury Settlement?


Pennsylvania insurance settlements are common. However,  if you’re not satisfied with the settlement amount, you may be wondering if you can take action to adjust the amount.

Appealing a decision is connected to court cases, so the first thing to assess is if your settlement is through an insurance company settlement or a court verdict. Talk through your situation with a Bucks County personal injury attorney. A seasoned legal team can guide you through the process.

Disputing Settlements and Appealing Verdicts

The majority of injured parties are able to access settlements without going to trial. According to one report, only 5% of personal injury claims go to trial. If you are not pleased with a settlement or a verdict, the appeals process is possible, but varies depending on the situation.

  • Verdicts from a court of law can be appealed by either party, but it must be done within 30 days of the court judgment. An appeal does not mean your case will be re-litigated, it simply means if you have grounds it will be reconsidered.
  • Challenging a settlement does not have a court appeals process, but you can dispute the terms through Pennsylvania contract law challenge. An attorney can advise you on establishing grounds for a contractual dispute.

While personal injury claims are supposed to make accident victims whole after an injurious event. Sometimes the results are not just, and if this has been true for you, you may even not find the settlement reasonable.

Not Agreeing to Initial Offers

One of the main ways to protect yourself from an unfair settlement  is to not sign off on the paperwork when you are faced with a low offer. This is true if you were involved in a motor vehicle crash, slip and fall accident, or sustained an injury due to a construction accident or animal attack.

Have a lawyer negotiate on your behalf instead of fighting an insurance company on your own. An injury lawyer who has experienced pushing back on offers may be able to secure a compensation amount that allows you to leave the situation behind, with no need of appeals or challenges.

Of course, there are times when it is too late and a resolution has already been closed. Whether you believe you were treated unfairly by an insurance company or that a court case did not do justice, there could be a way to appeal the case or challenge the settlement. An attorney can provide the guidance and support you need to achieve a successful outcome. If you’re not satisfied with the way your injury compensation experience resolved, contact an experienced Bucks County personal injury attorney, to discuss your options.

Could an appeal or a challenge be possible for you? While disputing a settlement can be complicated, the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand has the talent and personal injury background you can lean on. Connecting with a compassionate attorney will allow you to explore your options. Call 215-968-6602 to book your consultation today.

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