When to File a Personal Injury Case

If you suffered an injury in an accident that was the result of someone else’s carelessness, you may want to consult a personal injury lawyer, like one from Hall-Justice Law Firm. You may be able to receive compensation for your losses. A lawyer can help you pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent party.

Benefits of Settling a Personal Injury Case

The majority of personal injury claims get settled out of court. While it may be necessary to go to trial in certain situations, it’s best if you can avoid it. Here are some benefits of settling a personal injury case.

  • The damages are more unpredictable at trial. Suffering an injury can result in high medical bills, lost wages and other losses. That is why accident victims want to have a rough estimate about how much money they can recover. However, trials are notoriously unpredictable. There is no way for your lawyer to predict how much the jury will award you. Although the jury may decide to award you more money than what the defendant offers out of court, there is no guarantee.
  • A trial can last a long time. If you negotiate a settlement with a defendant outside of the courtroom, you may be able to finish the process in less than a year. On the other hand, if you and your personal injury lawyer decide to take your case to trial, you can expect the process to last a lot longer. Oftentimes, a trial will not even begin until a year after a lawsuit has been filed. Even if you win, the defendant may choose to appeal the decision and prolong the process.
  • A trial may cause you stress. Trials have a reputation for being very stressful. Being questioned on the witness stand can be quite nerve-wracking. If you are still recovering from your injury, you don’t need any extra stress in your life. 
  • A trial isn’t private. If you decide to take your personal injury case to trial, the details of that trial are public record. If you are a private person and don’t want just anyone knowing details about your case, this may be bothersome.

If you were recently hurt in an accident, schedule a meeting with a reputable personal injury lawyer to discuss your case in detail.