Maybe. In many instances, after your personal injury lawyer determines the cause of the crash and obtains all the necessary medical information, a settlement can be reached. In some instances, a settlement can be reached prior to filing a lawsuit, and in other cases a settlement can be reached after a lawsuit is filed, but before trial. One of the most important aspects of reaching a settlement is to make sure the full extent of your harm and injuries is known and understood before a settlement is attempted so you obtain the full money value for your injuries. Consulting with medical doctors is very important to understanding the full extent of your injuries.