One of the questions that we have been asked the most in our years of experience as lawyers is, what is more convenient: going to court or reaching an agreement? The answer is that this depends a lot on the case, but we will tell you what our most common advice is.
Usually, it is best to try to reach an agreement. We recommend this because of the amount of time it takes to go to court and obtain a result compared to reaching an agreement. Negotiations to reach an agreement can take an average of three to six months. While going to trial can take almost twice as long.
On the other hand, we can also recommend going to trial because the amount you can receive is much higher than the amount you get when you settle. However, going to trial forces you to abide by what the jury or judge decides. This means that you could risk receiving nothing. When you try to negotiate a settlement, you have an advantage because you and your attorney can choose whether or not to accept the amount they propose.
One thing to keep in mind when deciding to go down the path of negotiating a deal is that accepting it makes it completely permanent. This means that the possibility of getting more money for pain and suffering will no longer exist. The money you receive and accept will be what you keep.
Here are some advantages and disadvantages of proceeding with a settlement. We will now give you some reasons why it might be a better option for you to go to trial. As we mentioned earlier, your chance of receiving a higher amount is better. Simultaneously, a trial is indeed long, and receiving your money can take much longer. On the other hand, winning a trial can give you a much greater sense of satisfaction because your injury’s culprit has been tried by law, and justice has been served.
This all depends on what your lawyer thinks and the type of case you have. Not all personal accidents are made to go to trial. Before taking any action, be sure to consult with your attorney, and if you need help, schedule an appointment with us.