A desire to avoid having to make a court appearance makes many people reluctant to hire a lawyer to represent them in a personal injury claim. However, it’s important to realize that the vast majority of claims are settled out of court
Trials are time consuming and expensive. Your insurance company doesn’t want to see the inside of a courtroom any more than you do. In addition to being worried about the time spent in court and the financial cost of a trial, the insurance company doesn’t want to risk the negative publicity that a trial would likely bring. Therefore, they will be motivated to work with your lawyer to come to a mutually agreeable solution and settle the case outside the court.
Although most personal injury cases don’t go to trial, it’s important that you prepare yourself for the possibility of court appearance. If you’re not willing to risk going to court, you start off on a weak position for the negotiation process. When the insurance company senses you want to settle, you’ll receive a lower offer than if they know that you’re prepared to go to court if it’s necessary to protect your rights.
When you meet with your personal injury lawyer, you should ask about the range of compensation you may be eligible to receive by settling out of court versus going to trial. You’ll also want to discuss jury verdicts and settlement outcomes in similar cases to help determine your odds of a successful trial.
Finding an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
Please call 1.877.614.0008 to speak to the experienced personal injury lawyers at Conte & Associates. Based in Whitby/Oshawa and Vaughan, Conte & Associates is dedicated to helping those injured due to the negligence of others receive the compensation they need to receive from serious orthopedic, brain, or spinal cord injuries.