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Trial vs. Settlements In Personal Injury Cases

When someone acts negligently and there are victims involved, it can be a difficult situation. There are a number of situations in which an injury victim can take legal action against the party responsible for his or her harm. It’s important, though, to hire a personal injury attorney who can help navigate these complex processes and determine what’s best for you, a trial or settlement. Some people may not understand these two processes, but here are some important differences.

How Settlements Work

When a person sustains an injury, there are times when the defendant in the case and his or her insurance company may offer the plaintiff a settlement amount in lieu of a trial. Settlements are often made as a set monetary amount and the plaintiff would agree to not pursue the lawsuit further.

The benefit of a settlement is it allows the plaintiff to avoid the legal system as much as possible, letting them focus on recovery. Unfortunately, settlement offers may not be the maximum compensation to which a victim may be entitled.

How Trials Work

The victim has a right to reject the settlement amount offered to them and continue towards the trial process. During the trial, both sides are afforded the opportunity to present their evidence to the court and jury. There are risks and benefits to going through the trial process. The risks are increased costs and an unfavorable jury verdict. The benefits are maximizing compensation with a favorable jury verdict. Ultimately, the jury verdict will be based on the circumstances of the injury, the cause, and the rest of the evidence presented. A favorable jury verdict also holds the other party accountable in the eyes of the law.

At Cannon & Dunphy S.C., our Wisconsin personal injury lawyers do whatever it takes to help our clients seek the maximum compensation to which they are entitled, regardless of whether we do it through trial or settlement. If you or someone you love has been harmed, you need someone on your side who knows how to look after your best interests. Because of our 30 year plus history of obtaining the largest jury awards and judgments, over 95% of our cases settle without a lawsuit or trial. Let us protect your rights and guide you through the difficult process that lies ahead.

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