Did you know that the majority of legal claims related to catastrophic injuries actually do not go to trial? It is, in fact, much more common for the plaintiff and defendant to reach a settlement.
If you or somebody you love has suffered a catastrophic injury due to the negligence of another party, it is likely that the possibility of a settlement will come up during some part of the legal process. Whether or not you should accept a settlement for your catastrophic injury depends on how strong your case is and what you are willing to give up in order to reach a settlement.
How do I know how strong my case is?
Much of this has to do with research. An attorney can help you understand your chances regarding past jury verdicts and settlement outcomes in cases that are similar to yours. An attorney can also help you judge your chances of winning your case at trial. Much of your success at a jury trial will depend on the kind of evidence you have.
Why do I have to give up anything?
You will reach a settlement with the other party through negotiation. Typically, with negotiation, both parties must give up something in order to reach a compromise. What, exactly, you will need to give up in order to reach a settlement depends upon your specific case.
There are many benefits to settling catastrophic injury cases. Chief among them is that reaching a settlement usually takes far less time then taking a case to trial. However, this does not mean that settling is the best option in all cases. It is merely one option out of several when you are taking a catastrophic injury case to court.