Oftentimes, people come into our office with this question, and here’s the short answer: no.
As citizens of the United States of America, we have the right to take legal action, and if we choose to exercise that right, we may do so. Many people believe that they must take legal action and enforce this right if they’ve been wronged in some way.
The truth is, we are not obligated to plead if we do not want to do so. Whether or not you decide to take further action in a legal matter is completely up to you.
The reality is that many people get injured all of the time in this country, and they choose not to exercise their legal rights. There are a number of reasons for this decision. One major reason that people do not exercise their legal rights is because there is a stigma that if you do you are a bad person.
Choosing to stand up for yourself does not make you a bad person.
Before you decide to continue with taking legal action, it can be helpful to ask yourself a number of questions:
Can this situation be diffused without legal action?
Do I have proper documentation to prove my claim?
How will this affect my relationship, if one exists, with the other party involved?
What are the costs associated?
Of course, you do not have to proceed with a claim if you don’t want to. Oftentimes, when someone is in a lawyer’s office, they think they must take legal action. This is not the case.
It’s important to weigh all of your options in matters like these. An experienced attorney can help you decide what is the best option for you and your family.