Reaching An Injury Settlement in Long Island
The overwhelming majority of personal injury cases settle before going before a judge or jury. The reason–settling is often in everyone’s best interest.
Benefits of Settling
There are many reasons why your attorney will try to settle your case. This is often in your best interest for several reasons.
- Settling your case allows you a guaranteed award. You may feel confident going into a trial, but even with a solid case there is always a chance you will lose and receive nothing.
- You will get a significantly quicker resolution. Trials can extend for months, or even years if there are appeals. You may need money now to pay medical bills and compensate for lost wages as you recover.
- Long trials often come with added costs. For example, you may be required to provide expert witnesses, who charge a high price for their services. These witnesses are often needed to verify the accident caused the injuries, show the severity of the injuries and testify that an expensive treatment was medically necessary.
Once a settlement agreement is made, you as the plaintiff will sign a full liability release which means you can’t go after the defendant anymore for this accident or incident. In other words, the settlement is the final word and there are no more claims to be made.
How An Experienced Lawyer Can Help
Whether you settle or go on to trial is dependent on the specific circumstances of your case and the willingness of the defendant and their lawyer to work on an agreement. But in nearly every case, a settlement discussion is at least attempted.
For these reasons, it is important to make settlement planning a part of your lawyer’s legal strategy. Our personal injury lawyers work with top-notch medical experts and investigators to create the best case possible to present to the defendants. We fight to get the most compensation we can for our clients—we don’t settle for anything less. Should the defendants not agree to a favorable settlement, we are prepared to take the case to court and present the best case possible to get you a verdict.