At Duncan Law Group, we are frequently asked the question, "Will I
have to take my case to trial?" At first glance, it is nearly impossible
to tell; however, it is important to note that upwards of 95% of all
personal injury claims are settled long before their day in court. This is largely due
to the fact that both sides have already conducted their own investigations
and come up with a reasonable value for the claim. If both sides arrive
at similar figures, there would be no need to take the case to trial.
Instead, it would make more sense to negotiate a settlement – even
if it takes time to reach a final agreement.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, your Chicago injury attorney
may either recommend that you accept the final settlement offer or push
on to trial. There are several different factors that will go into this
decision. For one, there is no way to know how a jury will view your case.
While it is reasonable to expect that the counsel for both the plaintiff
and the defendant would be able to negotiate a fair settlement that is
based on the facts of your case, there is no way to know what type of
evidence the jury will find relevant. Unfortunately, the jury could surprise
you with an unfavorable verdict.
On the other hand, the jury could hand down an award that is worth significantly
more than what the defendant had offered during negotiations. For this
reason, it would be in your best interest to work with a personal injury
lawyer who can offer the experience, insight and skill that you will need.
The team at Duncan Law Group has already
recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of former clients, and we did so by knowing
when to settle and knowing when to take a case to trial. Every case is
different, so you need to hire an attorney who will keep your best interests in mind.
Making the Decision to Go to Trial
Under certain circumstances, it may be advisable that you take your chances
in court. For example, if the other party is unwilling to offer more than
$100,000 when your case is really worth $900,000 – or possibly even
more – your Chicago personal injury lawyer may recommend that you
pursue a more favorable resolution at trial. If you were to accept an
unreasonable settlement, that would be the end to your case, so you should
trust in the guidance of your attorney before saying "no" to
the possibility of trial. Contact the Duncan Law Group today to learn
more about your options.
When you come to our firm for help with your personal injury claim, whether
that requires us to negotiate with the insurance company or pursue your
case in court, you can trust that we know what it takes to win. Our lead
attorney has been honored with a number of prestigious accolades –
which includes being named to the
Super Lawyers® list and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 – which
is a testament to the fact that he offers the outstanding legal representation
that his clients deserve. Don't settle for less; hire an experienced
injury attorney from Duncan Law Group today.
Call our office today at (312) 445-0567 to set up a free initial consultation.