Under-settlement of damages
An under-settled personal injury claim happens when a Claimant accepts a offer of compensation that is less than would normally be awarded, based on their injuries.
There may be valid reasons to choose to accept less compensation (if you can afford to fund your recovery independently, for example). If success is not guaranteed, your solicitor may recommend accepting a lower offer rather than face the risk of going to Court and losing.
However, in other cases, under-settlement can be the result of an error. This may be an error on the part of the medical professional who assessed your injuries, or on the part of your solicitor, who under-valued the loss and/or future losses you suffered as the result of the injury.
Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher
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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.