When you are injured due to the action (or inaction) of another party, you may have a valid personal injury claim. If you do, you will likely wonder if it is better to accept a settlement or take your case to trial. The fact is that every case is different, and the right choice is not as easy as one or the other. The good news is that at The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we can help you make the right choice for your particular case.
We invite you to contact us at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. In the meantime, read on to learn one of the top reasons that may make the decision to take your case to trial.
Take One Case for Example
When considering the pros and cons of both options, think about one case in which an insurance company offered a client $25,000 for a car accident. That may sound like a lot, but in this case it was not sufficient to meet the needs of the client. They took their chances at trial and ended up with a $12 million verdict from a jury.
That is more than 60% higher than the $25,000 they would have gotten if they had settled. Not only was the amount larger, but the client had a chance to hold the at-fault party accountable. Their voices were heard, and they were able to achieve closure on the accident.
Does That Mean That All Cases Should Be Taken to Trial? Far from It
There is one way to read the above that would do you a disservice: To assume that the result is that all personal injury cases should be taken to trial. This is far from true. Deciding if you should take the case to trial begins with understanding how likely you are to get a better result at trial. In the event that an insurance company offers to pay medical bills, property damage, and $50,000 for pain and suffering, this may be a good deal if the evidence is light.
On the other hand, an insurance company that offered to pay nothing but medical bills in an accident with video proof of the at-fault party would likely get a better result if taken to court. This is why it is important to talk to an experienced attorney who can help you understand the likely outcome in both situations.
Remember that the decision will not be entirely financial. If you feel that the at-fault party should be publicly held accountable, then you may be willing to take a greater risk and go to trial. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.