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The demand letter is important in personal injury cases

The process for seeking compensation after a car accident is one that isn't quick or simple. There are many things that have to be done, especially if you are going to take the case to trial. A trial isn't always required in these cases. It is often possible to work out a settlement; however, this will take some work.

Your case for a settlement starts with the demand letter. This letter lays out what you are willing to accept and why you should get what you want. The wording and presentation of this letter is important, so it isn't something that you should just throw together. Instead, you should make sure that you take the time to get it set up in a way that is going to get you what you want.

Just because you demand a specific settlement in the letter doesn't mean that you are going to get it. Instead, you might have to start a little higher than what you are actually willing to settle for to give yourself room to negotiate.

That is when things get interesting. Once you send the demand letter, you will likely enter into negotiations to come to a settlement amount. This is important because it is highly unlikely that you will be able to get what you want right at the start of the process.

If you are able to come to a settlement agreement, you will likely resolve your case faster than if you were going to go through the trial. This is often preferable since you will be able to get the compensation sooner and then you can move on with your life.

Source: FindLaw, "Car Accident Settlement Basics," accessed July 21, 2017

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