Alternatives to a Lawsuit: To Sue or Not to Sue?

You may not know this, but retaining an attorney may be the best chance you have of getting fully compensated for your injury without the need of going to court.

If you were recently in a motor vehicle accident then you probably have a lot of questions that need answering. Who will pay for my medical expenses? Who will repair my vehicle? Should I pay out of pocket for the medical expenses and costs to repair the vehicle? Can I rent a vehicle while my car is being repaired? What do I do if I need to take days off from work?

One of the most important decisions you will face is whether to initiate a lawsuit against the other driver so you can be compensated for your injuries. For good reason, many people fear lawsuits and would prefer to avoid them like the plague.

A famous attorney once told his client before a mediation session that in his personal opinion he would rather be the person inside the coffin at a funeral than a litigant in a civil suit. The reason is obvious, they can be time consuming and frustrating.  Would it not be better to settle the case before taking the matter to court?

Most people think that if they retain an attorney it automatically means that they are going to file a civil suit. However, an effective attorney knows that a lawsuit should be the last result of multiple attempts at settling a case. Litigation should be the last resort.

Take a motor-vehicle accident as an example. After the car accident you will probably have all of the questions listed above. If you notice, there is one thing they all have in common: money. You have been injured and need medical assistance, your vehicle has been injured and it needs repairs. You also want to be compensated for time off work and other incidental expenses the accident caused.

The best way to avoid litigation is in the initial handling and planning of the case and the exploration of all options available to get the best results possible.  Thompson Steinberg has extensive experience in every type of Alternative Dispute Resolution – Mediation, Settlement, Arbitration – and we use those methods to get you the best results for the lowest cost.

Of course, an effective attorney is also prepared to take the matter to court should their client be denied the opportunity of a fair and compensation for their injuries. often the threat of litigation makes the other party more willing to settle the case early and avoids a long legal battle.

Sam A. Steinberg, Esq.

P: 951-359-1209



Sam Steinberg is a partner and co-founder of Thompson Steinberg.  He has extensive experience in all aspects of insurance, insurance coverage, and insurance litigation, vehicular accidents, personal injury, construction defect litigation, and general litigation.  He has a black cat that roams his home freely.

**The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice for a particular case. This blog posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, please consult with your own attorney.**


2 thoughts on “Alternatives to a Lawsuit: To Sue or Not to Sue?

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