Some people mistakenly believe that all personal injury cases wind up in court. In actuality, cases are usually resolved before the court hearing. If you are thinking of going to court, here are some reasons you should reconsider and focus on settling your case.
It Is Expensive
Your main objective is most likely receiving the most compensation possible for your injuries. Unfortunately, heading to court can significantly impact your compensation. Court cases are expensive. Not only do you have to account for the additional fees to your attorney, but you also need to worry about additional related fees, such as filing fees and expert fees. Even if you win big in court, you still have to pay those fees, which means less money in your pocket.
You Could Lose
The most obvious reason not to go to court is that you could lose your case. Even if you feel you have a solid claim and the evidence to support it, there is a chance that you could lose your case. There are some factors over which you do not have control. For instance, it can sometimes be difficult to find jury members that are more sympathetic to plaintiffs. This can greatly reduce the possibility that you could win.
The Defendant Can Appeal
Once you win your case, you might expect to receive your compensation soon for your injuries. However, this might not happen. The defendant has the right to file an appeal of the decision. If this happens, it could be months or years before your case settles. Depending on your state, there could be multiple levels of appeals that the defendant has the right to go through.
It Is Emotionally and Physically Draining
The steps leading up to the actual court hearing can be complex, time-consuming, and stressful. In the lead-up to court, you could endure a number of things, including having to testify in a deposition. You also have to spend time working with your attorney to build a solid case to present in court. All of this can take a toll on your overall health. By the time you reach the actual court hearing, you could be drained, which can impact how well you testify about what happened.
There are many other reasons you should carefully consider whether or not heading to court is the best decision for you. Talk over your options with your personal injury or accident lawyer and carefully weigh them before making a final decision regarding how to proceed in your case.Share