If you have suffered the type of injury that has made you consider filing a personal injury claim, you may know that there are two main resolutions: You can settle with the at-fault party or your case can go to trial. The vast majority of personal injury cases never make it to the point of trial but you should be prepared for the possibility that it will.
Keep reading to find out what situations may make it make sense, and in which situations you are not likely to want to go to trial. If you need the advice of a personal injury attorney, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
First – Determine if You Should File a Claim
Before you decide if you want to take your personal injury claim to trial, we must first determine that you have a valid claim in the first place. This will depend on who was at fault for the accident and injury, what evidence you have to prove that, how serious your injuries were, and the value of your damages. Some cases are not worth enough to warrant the time or expense of filing a case.
On the other hand, there are many accidents that result in astronomical medical bills, significant missed wages, and other economic damages. Of course, a person can be reimbursed for non-economic damages too, such as pain and suffering. Talk to your personal injury attorney to determine if it makes sense for you to file.
The Main Advantage of Taking Your Case to Court: You May Get a Significantly Larger Payment
If an insurance company offers you a settlement, they are doing so because they want to avoid paying the costs of going to court. They know that the amount they are offering is less than you may get in court – if it were the same amount, there would be no incentive to settle with you. In most cases, the amount a person wins at trial is more than they were offered in their settlement offer.
The Main Disadvantage of Taking Your Case to Court: You May Lose
Of course, there is a significant potential downside to take your case to court: You could lose. Even if the evidence is on your side, there is no way to guarantee what a jury will do. The last thing you want is to turn down a significant settlement and then get nothing at trial.
How to Determine the Right Option
As you can see, determining the best way to move forward is not simple. The good news is that a personal injury attorney can help you make the right choice. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we have many years of experience and can give you the facts that will ensure you make the most informed decision. Call us now at 800-333-0000 to get started.