At This Point, Should We Settle Or Go To Trial?
What dictates when you should go to trial, and whether or not a settlement is bringing you the results you were hoping for? At the Los Angeles Injury Group, we understand when it’s time to head to trial to get you the results you deserve in the face of your personal injury case. Today we will take a look at what successful settlement looks like, and when it may be time to throw in the towel and get started on your case in a courtroom.
Understanding Settlement Through Statistics
In the U.S., anywhere between 4-5% of personal injury cases go to trial. What does this mean for you? It simply means that more than likely, you’ll be looking at a settlement offer before the opportunity of a trial is even laid on the table. Up to 96% of cases are settled in pretrial when they do make it there. With many lawyers saying that they immediately take cases to trial, statistics speak otherwise. We’re willing to work with the big name companies in your case to help you get the compensation you deserve, but we also want to show you all the options you have when it comes to your personal injury case.
There are reasons why most personal injury cases settle before they even make it to court. Let’s say that you have been injured by a truck driver who is part of a large company. While your case is pending, a process called discovery will start, which is when research ensues and documents are pulled that show exactly what has happened in your case. You may feel overwhelmed at this point, but you and your attorney must never give up. We understand that litigation is a much more stressful experience, with witnesses coming to the stand and all of your information made public. Litigation is also more expensive in many cases. If we can help you get the best results during settlement, then we’ll try our best.
The Ups and Downs of Settlement
One of the upsides of settlement is that there is no maximum or minimum settlement number, which means you have endless options when it comes to settlement and gaining the compensation you deserve. This means that, just because you chose settlement, you won’t be “cheated” out of compensation. Each case depends on the unique set of facts that have been presented, including the extent of the injuries, amount of economic damages, amount of time it will take for you to recover from your injuries, and more.
One of the downsides is that tensions are high when you are awaiting your settlement offer, and wondering if you will be going through the time-consuming process of trial. Settlement negotiations can actually put you behind in some cases. Sometimes, these negotiations continue for so long that you can get near the statute of limitations for filing a claim, which means that your time is getting close to running out. This can be a stressful period that you don’t want to experience, which is why you should never hesitate when you wonder if you should file suit.
Now that you’ve weighed your options and learned a bit more about each, it’s time to think about how you’re going to move forward with your personal injury case. At The Los Angeles Injury Group, we can help you when you’re considering your options after an injury has wreaked havoc on your life. Call us as soon as possible for more information at 310-954-7248.