It is no secret that most personal injury cases are settled out of court. Often this happens well before the case goes to trial. And in some cases, before it is even filed in court. There are a number of advantages linked to out of court settlements as compared to litigation. This article will discuss trial stress as an advantages of settling your personal injury case out of court.
Trials lasts for a few days, but the process itself is stressful for all involved in the case. The plaintiff and the defendant will be examined and cross-examined on the witness stand. In a bid to discredit the other, their character and pasts will be brought up. And these will be up for public scrutiny. Further, the weeks leading up to the trial are labor intensive, for both parties including their attorneys. The plaintiff and defendant must be prepared for the examination/ cross-examination that will be done on the witness stand. Further, both parties will be required to follow a clear path on relating the events leading up to the incident.
Conversely, when a settlement is on the table the process is simple:
- An offer is made
- The offer amount is negotiated
- Once an agreed upon amount is determined, the defendant pays damages to the plaintiff
- The matter is concluded
The settlement process may bring about its own stress, such as whether an amount rises to the plaintiff’s expectations. However, the plaintiff, with the help of their attorney, is able to negotiate to a suitable amount. Or the plaintiff and defendant are able to reach a mutual compromise and settle at a specific amount.
For legal advice and representation in your personal injury case speak to a personal injury law attorney today. Contact the Vinson Law Office for a free first consultation.