Do We Have To Go To Court For My Tulsa Personal Injury Case?
After suffering a personal injury, your first priority is trying to get your life back to normal. You may think you can rely on the insurance companies involved to help alleviate your financial burden. The truth is that insurance companies want to pay out as little as possible. That’s why it’s important to consult a personal injury lawyer after an accident. They can help you navigate the pitfalls of dealing with your insurance company and, if needed, prepare a court case to get you the compensation you deserve.
Litigation may sound like a daunting process that draws out the time until you receive your insurance money. However, according to Mike Wyatt, a personal injury lawyer at Mann, Wyatt & Rice, fewer than one percent of his cases actually make it to court or to a jury trial. “Most cases resolve before a lawsuit is filed,” Wyatt said. “In my experience, fewer than fifteen percent of my cases even make it to the lawsuit stage.”
Even if a case does make it to the point where a lawsuit is filed, the chances that it goes to trial are minimal. “Of my cases that start in the litigation process, fewer than one percent actually go to trial,” Wyatt explained. “Litigation is a lengthy and time-intensive process with many steps at which a settlement can be reached.”
Why Would Someone Choose to Settle Their Personal Injury Case?
According to AllLaw.com, there are many reasons the two parties involved in civil litigation may agree on a pre-trial settlement:
- First and foremost, it saves both sides costly legal fees and other trial costs. Additionally, the two parties might be able to agree on a settlement amount that both feel is fair. A court-ruled damages award could be far less mutually favorable.
- Another consideration is the time commitment associated with the trial and appeal process. It could potentially take years.
- Finally, there is the public relations aspect of a trial versus a settlement. Trials are part of the public record but in settlements, both parties can control what remains private. Going along with that, a settlement is not an admission of guilt on the part of the defendant (person being accused) so they can save face by agreeing to an out-of-court settlement.
Contact Our Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyers Immediately
Personal injuries can cause serious physical and financial distress. With this in mind, we recommend contacting our Tulsa personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. The Mann, Wyatt & Rice Injury Attorneys will use their more than 75 years of combined experience to fight for your rights and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Request a free consultation with our team of Tulsa personal injury lawyers or contact us directly at (877) 768-2400. We look forward to speaking with you!