Why Do Personal Injury Cases Go to Trial?
Many personal injury claims are resolved before a lawsuit is filed – and even the lawsuits that are filed sometimes settle before the case goes to trial.
However, not all personal injury cases can or should be settled outside of a courtroom – and in any case, it’s best to prepare your case as if it will end up going to trial, even if it doesn’t. Let’s take a look at some examples of what decides the circumstances around the settlement of any personal injury case.
Is It Best for Your Case to Settle?
Maybe your personal injury case is pretty straightforward, and maybe the other party’s insurance company is willing to pay a healthy sum that you’re happy with. If that’s the situation, then sure, maybe it’s best for you to settle outside of court.
However, there are few “straightforward” cases that can be settled that easily. In fact, many cases can’t be settled at all. This may happen for two reasons:
- The case is too complex to settle, and there are issues that need to be resolved in the time leading up to the trial, during what is known as the “discovery process.”
- The case is simple, but the other side just won’t give an inch.
How Can You Prepare for a Trial?
The best way you can get ready for the possibility of a trial is to hire the best personal injury lawyer you can find. That means looking for someone who won’t just go through the motions and then hope you get a good settlement – it means enlisting the help of an experienced, determined attorney who will work up your case to the furthest possible extent. This may include interviewing witnesses, investigating accident scenes, and more.
You want someone who will dig beneath the surface of your case and examine all of the things that happened before, during, and after the accident so that your compensation is the highest amount possible. You and your personal injury lawyer should both proceed as if your case will go to trial so that if it does, you are 100% prepared.
We Can Help!
Are you looking for an experienced, trustworthy personal injury lawyer? Contact Wettermark Keith today for a free consultation. If your case needs to go to trial, we will leave no stone unturned – and we’ll make sure your life gets back on track.