An out of court settlement is one way for both sides in a personal injury case to resolve a legal matter. When you have been seriously injured and you are looking to be compensated, contact an accident attorney in Warrenton. 

Some personal injury cases will require going to court. This is when a settlement cannot be agreed upon.  Although going to court will lead to a final resolution, it isn’t always the best option. Settling out of court takes a lot less time than a trial. It also costs much less money. 

There are different methods that can be used to settle a case out of court. One way is through traditional negotiation. These typically involve one-on-one discussions with the insurance company representatives or attorneys. 

Another method used to settle disputes out of court is mediation. When you cannot negotiate a settlement, mediation allows a neutral third party, the mediator, to work with both sides. The mediator cannot come to any decisions, but they can help guide you toward a solution. 

Arbitration is yet another method to settle disputes out of court that is very similar to mediation. However, in arbitration, the third party (arbitrator) can and will make a legally binding decision. This is a form of litigation that is one step below going to court. 

To learn more about the legal options available, you should contact an experienced accident attorney. They will evaluate the details of your case to determine which method of settlement would be best. 

Contacting an Accident Attorney in Warrenton 

Contact Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas to learn more about the legal actions you may be able to take next. Our law firm handles injury and accident cases for those who reside in Front Royal, Culpeper, Warrenton and surrounding areas. Contact us today for a free consultation at 540-341-0007.


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Working with Andrew and his team has been--without exception--one of the most pleasant, productive, and professional experiences of my adult life. I was seriously injured in an accident in July, 2018, in Virginia. I was driving a company vehicle that was registered in Maryland, for a company that was based in Wisconsin. And I live in New Jersey, where my personal vehicles are insured. The several jurisdictions involved presented a very unique case that demanded an experienced and nuanced strategy. I found Andrew Thomas (of Dulaney, Lauer, & Thomas) through some online research. And it is noteworthy that Andrew has worked the other side of the aisle--he used to work with insurance companies. Andrew took on my case with the assurance that he would work it with no less energy than he does each of his cases. At each turn, and with each question I had, Andrew and Paralegal Misty kept me informed, returned my calls, provided detailed explanations, and kept me feeling like I was in the loop and there was an eventual end to our journey. Nearly five years after the accident, we settled out of court for a significant sum in recognition of my personal injuries. The settlement was much more than I had expected. And without Andrew & Misty, I am sure the award would have been much less. If you are looking for professionalism, knowledge, dedication, answerability, responsiveness, integrity, and human-level communication from a personal injury attorney--look no further. You have found him. Thank you, Andrew and Misty. Gary Daley
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