Will My Personal Injury Case Go To Trial?
There are a lot of different things that you'll have to consider when it comes to your personal injury case – and that your lawyer will have to consider as well. While things like figuring out whether or not you even have a case and how to prove fault will be high on the list, one of the biggest questions that many have is simply whether or not their case will even go to trial.
This isn't something that we can answer definitively. After all, no two cases are identical and it's very common for similar cases to play out in different ways. But, there are a few points that we can look at that will help you figure out just what to expect and give you a better idea about the trial process and how cases end up there.
First of all, it's worth understanding that your odds of going to trial are actually higher if you don't have a personal injury lawyer on your side. The reason is simple – if you don't have legal representation on your side, the opposition will do all that they can to head to trial since they know that you have little chance of defending yourself adequately in the courts. Their experience and their funding means that they can make sure that they don't have to pay a penny more than necessary when it comes to your settlement.
On the flip side, those with legal representation will be in a position that strikes nervousness in the other side and makes them more willing to settle out of court. The biggest fear is that a settlement ordered by the courts will be much higher than they would pay if they settled outright, so they agree to a sum instead of running that risk of paying more.
There are of course other factors that will determine whether or not a personal injury case goes to trial, in particular whether or not the representation for the other party truly believes that they can prove that their client wasn't responsible for the injuries or the accident. In these cases both sides will try to prove that the opposition is at fault, and it can become a complex process that can take time and energy to prove.
The goal for most personal injury lawyers is to negotiate an out of court settlement and get you financial compensation for your injuries before you have to head to trial. There are plenty of reasons for this, but it really comes down to nothing more than the fact that settling fast helps you get into a position that will allow you to move on from your injuries and move on with your life. Instead of spending months or years waiting and worrying about the outcome of a trial, you can get a settlement and start paying attention to other aspects of your life. Of course, there are occasions where a settlement agreement just isn't possible or where your representation will advise you to pursue a trial. This all depends on the situation.
If you've been injured in any kind of an accident, your first steps should be to heal yourself and get the medical attention you need. But afterwards, the next thing you'll want to do is talk to an attorney who handles personal injury law. We can help. With law offices located throughout the state, our experienced team can provide you with a free initial consultation and help you figure out whether or not you have a chance at compensation and whether or not it's worth settling out of court or heading to trial.