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Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Court?

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trialIf you have been hurt because of someone else's negligent actions, you may be asking yourself whether your personal injury case will go to court. The truth is that personal injury cases rarely go to court. In fact, the U.S. Department of Justice found that only 4 percent of all personal injury lawsuits make it to trial.

Cons of Taking a Personal Injury Case to Trial

Although you do have the right to a jury trial under the Seventh Amendment, taking your personal injury case to court is not always a wise choice. Let's take a closer look at some of the cons of doing so:

Expensive

It can be expensive to take your case to trial. The filing and administrative fees that you will need to pay may be thousands of dollars. In the event you require expert witnesses, the cost of your case will increase in price.

Time-Consuming

Personal injury cases are time-consuming. Your case will be prolonged if it goes to trial. Therefore, if you hope to recover compensation in a timely fashion so that you can move on with your life, you may want to avoid court.

Risky

You should understand that taking your case to trial is risky. While you may be able to collect more than the original compensation offer, you may also be awarded less. The jurors may not believe your account of the accident or question the severity of your injuries and how your case may impact your future. It is clear that settling your case without the court can save you time and money while allowing you to have greater control of the outcome.

Situations Where Trial Is Necessary

There are a few situations where it may be a good idea to take your case to court. If your lawyer cannot recover the maximum compensation you may deserve, taking your case to trial may ensure your rights are protected. A trial may also make sense if the other party is attempting to hide evidence.

Your lawyer can help you understand whether your particular case requires trial or can be settled outside the courtroom. If you are pleased with the offer of the negligent party, a trial is likely unnecessary.

Contact Our Joliet Personal Injury Lawyers

If you are unsure whether a trial is necessary in your personal injury case, reach out to our highly skilled Joliet personal injury lawyers. Call us at 815-666-1285 for a free, no-obligation case consultation.

Source:

https://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/08/business/08law.html

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