Will My Personal Injury Claim Go to Trial?
If you were recently injured in an accident, you could be facing costly medical bills, time away from work, endless doctor’s appointments and more. The last thing on your mind may be filing a lawsuit against the party responsible. After all, who wants to spend the time and money to go to trial? What is important to understand, however, is that going to trial isn’t the only way for you to recover the compensation you deserve. Most injury cases are actually settled out of court.
In fact, about 95% of all personal injury claims are settled long before trial. For this reason, you shouldn’t be deterred from seeking compensation just because you want to avoid going to court. With the help of a Nashville injury attorney from Bill Easterly & Associates, you may be able to negotiate a fair settlement with the other party and their insurance company. Our firm has recovered millions for past clients, and many of these cases were resolved out of court.
Do you want to discuss your options with an experienced personal injury lawyer? Contact the team at Bill Easterly & Associates to set up your free, no-obligation consultation today!
If I’m Planning on Settling My Case, Should I Still Hire a Lawyer?
Even if you are planning on settling your case out of court, it is still important for you to hire a personal injury attorney. The other party’s insurance company is not on your side. They are only interested in minimizing their own financial responsibility, which means that they will try to settle your claim as quickly as possible, for as little money as possible. Without having your own lawyer, it can be difficult to know just how much money you are actually entitled to.
The value of your claim will depend on several factors, including:
- The cost of past and ongoing medical expenses.
- The amount of income you have lost (past and future).
- The cost of any personal property that was damaged.
- Non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
- The length of time your injuries are expected to last.
When you hire a Nashville personal injury lawyer from Bill Easterly & Associates, we will be able to assess your damages and come up with an initial valuation for your claim. The other side will also come up with their own valuation. If they are in the same ballpark, we can start to negotiate a fair settlement, but if both parties have arrived at an amount that is significantly different from the other, it may be necessary to consider taking your case to trial.
When Would It Be Necessary to Take My Case to Trial?
Although rare, there are cases where it would be impossible to negotiate a fair settlement. For example, if the other party thinks that your case is worth $100,000, but you think that it is actually worth $1 million, it may not be possible to meet in the middle. Although it is ultimately up to you to decide how much or how little you would be willing to accept, you shouldn’t take an unfair settlement just to avoid a trial. In some cases, going to court would be your best option.
Millions of Dollars Recovered. Thousands of Victims Helped.
With more than 25 years of collective experience, Bill Easterly & Associates is well-equipped to protect your best interests and advocate for your rights as you navigate an often complex legal system. We have helped thousands of clients, recovering millions of dollars in compensation on their behalf, so you can trust that your case will be in capable hands when you turn to us for help.
Contact our office today to schedule a free initial consultation.