Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Court?
Victims that have been injured because of someone else’s negligence often wonder whether their personal injury case will go to court. Although many lawsuits are filed as a result of personal injury claims, the U.S. Department of Justice reported that only four percent of all personal injury lawsuits are resolved at trial.
If you sustained an injury because of an accident that was caused by another party, reach out to our experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. We can discuss your case with you and develop a strategy to maximize your recoverable compensation. Contact us today at (404) 419-6674 to schedule a free consultation.
Disadvantages of Taking a Personal Injury Case to Trial
The Seventh Amendment of the United States Constitution gives you the right to a jury trial. However, taking your case to trial isn’t always the best option. Here is a brief list of the disadvantages of trial:
Most lawsuits take six months to a year to resolve if they don’t go to trial. If your case goes to trial, your lawsuit will typically take one to two years to reach a jury verdict. If the defense doesn’t like the verdict, they can appeal it, which can take several more years to resolve. If your goal is to quickly resolve your case so that you can move on with your life, trial is not the ideal option.
Litigating your lawsuit can be expensive. You’ll be required to pay administrative fees, filing fees, deposition costs, expert witness costs, trial preparation costs, and may other expenses that may amount to tens of thousands of dollars.
Trial is a gamble. You might receive a jury award that’s larger than the insurance company’s final settlement offer. However, you might also be awarded significantly less than their final offer, or perhaps, even nothing if the jurors do not think you are credible.
By settling your case outside of the courtroom, you’ll be able to resolve your case in a private setting with less stress. Additionally, you’ll save money and have more control over the outcome of your case
When is Trial Necessary?
There are some cases where a trial might make more sense than settlement. For instance, if the insurance carrier refuses to negotiate with you in good faith, taking your case trial is the best way to ensure that you receive just compensation for your losses. In other cases, trial might be worth it even if the insurance company makes a decent offer because there is a realistic possibility that you’ll recover far more than their offer at trial. Seasoned trial attorneys like our legal team at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC are your best resource to determine whether to take your case to trial. We will always give you our honest opinion about whether it’s best to accept the insurer’s settlement offer or take your case to trial.
Do You Need Help with Your Personal Injury Case? Contact Us Today
If you’ve been injured by a negligent party, it is in your best interest to consult the personal injury lawyers at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. Leave the legalities of your situation to us, and spend your time post-accident concentrating on recovery. If you decide to hire us to file your lawsuit, we will litigate your case and take your case to trial if you and our team agree that trial is your best option. Contact us today at (404) 419-6674 for a free evaluation of your case.