How Many Personal Injury Cases Go to Trial?
Many accident victims choose to pursue recovery of lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering from the accountable party whose negligent or reckless behavior caused them to become injured in one of Florida’s many annual car accidents. As the experienced legal team at The Pendas Law Firm, we know that many of these people start off like those accident victims we have heard from over and over who indicate that they are hesitant to pursue a claim because the idea of going to court is concerning. While we understand the concern, the reality is that many accident victims will never have to step foot into a courtroom to obtain the compensation they deserve. Having an understanding of the numbers of personal injury cases that actually go to trial can help you anticipate the chances of your own case ending up in court.
What Are the Chances of My Personal Injury Case Going to Trial?
The overwhelming majority of personal injury cases – and cases of all kinds in fact – reach a settlement outside of court long before any trial ever begins. Only about four to five percent of the personal injury cases in the United States actually go to trial. While most people will need professional legal assistance to learn exactly when and how their case should be resolved in order to maximize entitlement, you can typically anticipate that a case will be more likely to settle outside of court if the case is simple, the question of fault is undisputed, and your injuries are more straightforward.
Why Cases Settle
Most claims avoid the courtroom for a variety of reasons that include:
- Costs associated with trial can be expensive and unpredictable. Going to court is a costly process and the insurance company would typically rather avoid the risk of going to trial and leaving the outcome in the hands of a jury that can award large pain and suffering damages to the plaintiff.
- The time constraints. Trial is undoubtedly a longer and riskier legal process than settling. Between medical bills and time missed from work, many personal injury claimants have already lost significant time and financial security due to their injuries and simply can’t afford to wait any longer for compensation or come away from the case with nothing if the trial ends unfavorably. Therefore, settling may be a better option.
- The interests of the defendant. In some cases, the impact of the details that would be released during the trial would be particularly embarrassing or damaging to a defendant’s reputation (think of large corporations) and, therefore, the defendant will push to settle quickly outside of the courtroom.
We Can Help You Prepare in and out of the Courtroom
If you were involved in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your losses. Obtaining the help of an experienced attorney is one of the best ways to help you speed up the settlement process and overcome the financial strain of your unexpected injuries. As the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm, we believe that no one should have to take on the financial burden of a crash caused by a negligent driver and we are prepared to help you fight for your injury case. Begin by contacting us today.
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