When most people imagine a personal injury case, they imagine it being argued before a court of law. The truth is that many personal injury cases never see a courtroom because they are settled in advance. If you need to find out whether your case should be settled or fought, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
National statistics point to 95% of personal injury claims being resolved out of court
According to averages across the country, about 95% of personal injury claims are resolved before they get to trial. There are a few reasons that a case may go to court. First, if the parties involved are too apart and cannot negotiate a middle ground. Second, if the plaintiff wants the defendant to admit guilt in a court of law.
One of the reasons that most cases are settled out of court is that both sides typically have a qualified attorney working on their behalf. Both attorneys generally have a good idea of what a case is worth and what a jury is likely to do. The plaintiff’s attorney may not want to risk going to court and getting nothing when a decent offer is made, and the defendant’s attorney will not want to risk the potential of paying a lot more if they lose in front of a jury.
We will take your case to court if necessary
The truth is that settling a case out of court is generally the best option for everyone involved. Guaranteed money is often better than the potential of what could happen in court. There are costs associated with going to court that can eat into any additional award money that could be given in court.
All of that said, if you have a strong case and the defendant’s attorney is unwilling to offer a fair settlement then we absolutely take your case to court. We are always looking for the best possible outcome for you and we will fight for you in court if necessary.
Settling a personal injury case
There are several ways in which the case can be settled. If there has not yet been a lawsuit filed and both parties agree on a settlement, then the defendant or their insurance company will prepare a Release or Settlement Agreement. The plaintiff then signs it and a check is issued for the settlement amount.
If there is a lawsuit pending, then the parties will need to file a Notice of Settlement that advises the courts that a resolution is pending. The defendant or their attorney prepares an agreement, which releases all present and future claims, and it is signed by both parties.
None of this should be done without the help of an attorney. If you have been injured in an accident then we welcome you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.