Have you been injured by another’s careless or intentional act and are now suffering physically, mentally or emotionally? Every day, in our country, someone is forced to deal with being injured and having to take on the task of choosing the right team of lawyers to go after what they are rightfully owed. If You or someone You know has been wronged in this way and are suffering, we can help.
But first–Because we want you to be fully prepared; here’s what You can expect from a personal injury law suit, before it begins.
Did you know that only 4% to 5% of personal injury cases in the United States actually go to trial? A whopping 95% to 96% are settled pretrial. If your case does go to trial, you will have the best chance of winning a higher settlement if you go before a trial judge than a jury. The source for these numbers is the US Government.
But–why are so little cases actually taken to trial? The process of discovery can be lengthy, and not done in minutes like you see on television. This seems to be the major cause of the tilt towards settlement. During the investigatory phase in a personal injury case, called discovery, the injuries, the accident itself, witness statements and circumstances are all aspects that need to be investigated. During this time, under-oath dispositions are also taken. Even injuries themselves take time for their full extent to be revealed. What seems to be problematic now can turn into something much larger down the road. Rushing to a settlement before an injury has taken its course can be a bad situation. Patience with the process and trusting your lawyer is very important during this time.
Your lawyer will walk you through the best and worst case scenarios for your case when you meet, and make sure that you understand that maximum compensation may take time. But be patient, knowing the statistics above can help your mind be at ease during the phases of a personal injury case.
Don’t go it Alone. Call Parvey & Cavenago.