Ward Smith PLLC Articles Why You Might Benefit From Making a Settlement

Why You Might Benefit From Making a Settlement

By Ward Smith  Feb. 28, 2011 4:20p

If you have suffered from a personal injury as a result of another person’s negligence or recklessness, chances are, your personal injury claim will settle out of court. A vast majority, 80% of litigation ends in settlement, as opposed to going to a juried trial. It is the high risk of an unpredictable jury verdict, which makes settlement a more appealing approach for both the plaintiff and defendant in a personal injury case.

For a seasoned personal injury attorney, one of the most important decisions that he or she will make is whether or not to take a personal injury case to trial, or settle out of court. Your lawyer will inform you of any settlement offers that he or she receives, however, the final decision, whether or not to accept the settlement offer, is within your control and up to your discretion.

When attorneys go to trial, they are inevitably encountering a longer process, additional resources, focus and attention on the case. When cases take longer, they take time away from other cases and they cost more money. Attorneys will always attempt to assess risk and cut losses where they can.

Although there are times when going to trial in a personal injury case certainly has merit, most personal injury cases are settled before they ever make it to civil court. In personal injury cases, for both the plaintiff and defendant, reaching a pre-trial agreement is usually the best way to avoid the time and expense involved in a long drawn out court room battle. The most important part of the settlement process is to try and reach a settlement agreement that is fair and just, when taking into consideration the nature of the claim and the extent of the injuries.

Seattle Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligent, reckless, or careless acts of another person or company, a Seattle personal injury lawyer from Ward Smith, PLLC is here to help. We are extremely well versed in all aspects of personal injury law, negotiation, settlement and, where necessary, litigation. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the tailored and personalized attention each case deserves.

Contact a Seattle personal injury attorney from our firm today for a free case evaluation.

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