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Settlement vs. Trial

The vast majority of personal injury claims in the U.S. are settled outside of court. This means that the parties involved are able to reach an agreement without a judge and/or jury ruling on the outcome of the case. The matter may go to trial in civil court, but the defendant (the person or entity a personal injury claim is brought against) and the plaintiff may reach a settlement before the end of the trial and the ruling by the judge.

When you work with a qualified attorney at the Law Office of J.D. Smith, PLLC, you will find that we will provide aggressive and knowledgeable legal counsel inside and outside of the courtroom. Most of the cases we have handled settle outside of court, but we prepare every case as though it were going to trial. This shows the other party that we mean business. It also helps us build a more compelling and effective case on a client's behalf in order to seek a higher settlement. Should the matter need to go to trial, we will be ready to litigate for our client.

Should you accept the settlement offer?

If you are currently faced with the decision of whether to accept a settlement offer, we highly recommend that you do not agree until at least discussing the matter with a lawyer. Although the settlement may seem fair, there may be certain bills or future expenses that you have not considered. You may also be able to recover money for non-economic damages such as emotional trauma or pain and suffering. A dedicated lawyer will understand exactly how to analyze your case and work with professionals in medicine, economics, and psychology to seek the full value of your claim for you or your family.

Call us at (206) 537-0106 today to see how we can help with your case!

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