The vast majority of personal injury cases will never see the inside of a courtroom. Instead, they’ll settle long before they go to trial.
Why exactly is this? Here are a few reasons.
- It helps both sides avoid costs: Cases that go to trial cost significantly more than cases that settle due to the longer period of time and the additional legal fees. It behooves both sides to avoid a courtroom appearance. It’s especially ideal for a defendant who would likely be found liable in a courtroom setting—they’ll pay lower amounts in a settlement than in a legal judgment.
- It shortens the legal process: Sometimes personal injury trials can go on for months, especially when there are complicating factors or larger amounts of money at stake. The relief of keeping the legal process short can be worth nearly as much as the money that can be saved for the defendant. And for the plaintiff, they are able to move on with their life and avoid the stress and drama that comes with a trial.
- It guarantees a win for the plaintiff: There are never any guarantees of success in court. Settlements involve guaranteed money and a chance to walk away with a positive result. Even if you believe your case is strong, there’s always a tiny chance you could lose in court.
- It provides greater privacy: Court trials will almost certainly make it to public eye and get published in local news. Settlements are beneficial for defendants in that it allows them to avoid negative public perception, and keeps them out of the public eye.
To learn more about why personal injury claims are most often settled out of court, contact a trusted Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.