If you have grounds for a personal injury claim, there are generally three ways it can be resolved. One, it can be dismissed outright. Second, you can settle the case before it gets to court. Third, it can get to court and be litigated by a judge and/or jury. There are some advantages to settling your personal injury case outside of court. Keep reading to learn them and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Settling Out of Court Can Bring Less Anxiety
One of the biggest advantages of settling out of court is that it can relieve anxiety. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against a large insurance company can be overwhelming. You may be required to make many decisions, to be involved in negotiating, be interviewed many times, make many trips to court, and fill out endless paperwork. It is entirely reasonable for a person with a busy life to opt out of the stress of this process and to instead settle their claim.
Settling Out of Court Generally Costs Lost
When you get a free legal consultation and your attorney takes your case on a contingency basis, you will not have any upfront fees whether you take your case to trial or settle. That said, if the case goes to court, those court costs may be taken from the amount of your award.
One of the most common reasons people chose to go to court rather than take a settlement is because they think they can get a higher payout if they take their case to court. Even if this is true, if the cost of doing so is high enough to wipe out the difference then it may make more sense to settle out of court.
You Get a More Predictable Result
If you cannot settle your case out of court, 12 jurors will be responsible for doing so. If you are able to settle the case out of court, your attorney will have much more control. You will know the result before you agree to it. Remember that jurors are just normal people, many of whom come into the case with their own preconceived notions or belief about the law. If you take a case to court, you are taking a gamble on them.
You Get a Much Faster Response
Taking a case to trial can drag it out for years to come. On the other hand, as soon as you and the other party can come to an agreement, a settlement can take effect. They are legally enforceable and you are more likely to get the payment because the opposing party cannot appeal an agreement they signed off on.
If you are ready to find out what your best options are for closing your case, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation.