Will I Have to Go to Court for my Personal Injury Claim?
Most personal injury cases are settled without the need to go to court. Your personal injury attorney in Pittsburgh will do everything possible to resolve your claim in a timely manner. The sooner you contact a law firm, the better your chances of achieving a favorable outcome.
Why negotiation beats going to court in most cases
The goal of your personal injury law firm is to achieve a fair resolution. This is essential for helping you to put the accident behind you, and so you can rebuild your life.
The desire for quick action is usually shared by the other parties in the matter. The longer a case lasts, the more likely it will attract negative publicity.
This means that acting now is usually a win-win for all involved. Two ways to speed up the process are through negotiation and arbitration.
Negotiating your personal injury settlement
A negotiation typically starts with your attorney sending a demand letter to the opposing side. This is a request for a set level of compensation, along with the reasons why your attorney believes the amount is fair.
The other side will have the opportunity to accept your lawyer’s figures or to reject them. If they choose to dispute them, then both parties will go back-and-forth with competing offers until a satisfactory arrangement is achieved.
Having an experienced law firm in your corner can really pay off. We know how to uncover crucial facts that would otherwise go unnoticed. The stronger your case, the likelier you are to achieve a favorable outcome.
Sometimes an impartial third-party acts as a referee during negotiations. When this happens, the process is referred to as mediation. A mediator can be a judge, a magistrate, or an expert appointed by the court.
Arbitration: is it the right choice for you?
Arbitration is similar to mediation, except that the results of the process are considered binding on both sides. The only provision for appeal is when one side can prove that the arbiter was biased or incompetent– which is extremely hard to establish.
Arbitration is an effective way to resolve many legal matters. But, due to its permanent nature, you and your attorney should give the situation serious thought before deciding to go this route.
When it’s time to go to court
Sometimes the threat of a formal lawsuit is needed to get past the opposing side’s “deny and delay” strategy.
Even at this stage, it’s often possible to resolve the matter without actually going before a judge or jury. Once a hearing starts, however, it’s important to see it through to its ultimate conclusion.
You need not let the idea of going to court intimidate you. We will make sure that you know exactly what to expect throughout the process.
Appearing in court might be the best way to settle the matter in your favor since it puts a human face on the facts of your ordeal. Hearing about a terrible accident is one thing. Seeing the person who is suffering due to someone else’s negligence is quite another.
Here are three reasons why we are the best law firm to handle your case:
- Our values: We focus on helping accident victims– our core value is “Doing Good by Doing Right.“
- Our resources: We maintain close working relationships with legal and investigative professionals around the country. This enables us to uncover aspects of a case that lesser law firms may miss, giving you the best possible opportunity to achieve your compensation goals.
- Our record: Our attorneys have recovered more than $1 billion for our clients over the years. Results like these speak for themselves.
The time for you to act is now. Get in touch with us today to schedule your free consultation. We’re available 24/7.