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What Are The Risks Of Going To Trial For A Personal Injury?
A major question for people who have suffered a personal injury is whether to settle out of court or risk going to trial.
There is no cut and dried answer to this question, as each case is highly individualized
and many factors go into deciding whether or not a settlement is fair.
A decision on whether or not to stand before a judge should be carefully considered.
Take into account the associated risks and costs that come with a jury trial.
Most personal injury cases in the U.S. are settled out of court -
and of the approximately 4-5% that go to jury trial, nearly 90% do not end well for the plaintiff.
Jury Risks Juries are notoriously unpredictable because there is no way to determine in advance
Jury Risks The jury may come up with an even lower amount than the original settlement or side with the insurance company on the settlement value.
Your fate will be in the hands of an arbitrarily selected group of people who are strangers to you and maysee the facts of the case in an entirely different light. Jury Risks
Evidence Risks Until the first day of a personal injury trial, even the attorneys may not be certain which evidence will be admissible at trial...
...because these decisions are made at the judge’s discretion. Evidence Risks
Also, if you think that any part ofthe accident was due to your own negligence... Evidence Risks
...it may be better to settle out of court rather than have this issue raised by the opposing attorney. Evidence Risks
Poor Performance Risk There is always the chance that on a given day, a client or attorney may not perform up to par.
Clients in particular, with little courtroom experience, may come become nervous... Poor Performance Risk
…and slip up come off as disingenuous, which can affect the outcome greatly. Poor Performance Risk
In spite of all the warnings to makean unbiased decision... Poor Performance Risk
...it is human nature to subconsciously make character judgments based on intangible factors and juries are no exception. Poor Performance Risk
Costs of Going to Trial Litigation and trials are slow, expensive endeavors, and a case may take months to resolve.
If you, through your personal injury attorney, feel you have been offered a fair settlement without going to trial... Costs of Going to Trial
...you may be better off accepting this amount and not being liable for the huge amounts of money a trial can cost... Costs of Going to Trial
...which will be taken from the amount of any settlement gained. Costs of Going to Trial
By settling out of court, you are assured of at least getting some part of a settlement. Costs of Going to Trial
Time is a real consideration for seriously injured plaintiffs ...who may find the procedure too risky and tiring and may prefer to settle out of court. Costs of Going to Trial
If You Decide to Go to Trial If you do take the gamble of goingto trial, you need to do so only with a personal injury attorney with trial experience who knows how to effectively persuading a jury to side with the victim.
should be reviewed carefully, always with the assistance of a skilled lawyer experienced in personal injury cases. If You Decide to Go to Trial
If you have a serious personal injury case and need an experienced trial lawyer, call the Millea Law Firm in Scottsdale AZ.
Your case will be personally handled by Matt Millea, who has a great deal of experience in high dollar trial cases.
Visit the site at http://www.millealawfirm.com
Millea Law Firm 7272 East Indian School Road Suite 203 Scottsdale AZ 85251 Phone (480) 481-0616