If you were hurt in an accident in Western New York, you may be wondering: Is my personal injury case going to go to court? The answer is “probably not”—while a trial is always a possibility, most personal injury claims are resolved outside of the courtroom. That being said, it is still crucial that you are prepared for a trial. Here, our personal injury lawyers review the data and explain why injured victims always need to be ready to take their case to court.
According to data collected and published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), more than 95 percent of personal injury claims are resolved outside of the courtroom. Some other studies have found that as little as 2 percent of personal injury claims are resolved through a verdict. Regardless, the data is clear: Personal injury litigation is relatively uncommon.
As so few personal injury cases actually make it to court, you may be wondering: Why do I even need to bother preparing for trial? It is an understandable question, but it is misguided. You need to prepare your case for court because defendants and large insurance companies will not take your claim seriously unless they believe that they will be held liable in court. This means that they will not even come close to offering you full and fair compensation for your injuries unless you are ready for trial.
It is important to understand the motivations of corporate defendants and big insurance companies. Their objectives are relatively straightforward: resolve claims for as little as possible, thereby protecting their profits. Personal injury litigation can be expensive and time-consuming for insurance companies. They have no interest in going to court if they believe that they are going to lose the case.
However, if they believe that a plaintiff is unprepared and that they can prevail in a trial, they will absolutely take a case to court. To get the compensation you deserve, you need to present a well-prepared case.
We are committed to providing fully personalized, effective representation to each and every client. Our personal injury lawyers are trial-tested. We know how to build a winning case. In doing so, our legal team will make sure that the defendant/insurance company understands that you are ready to take your case as far as it needs to go to get the financial compensation that you rightfully deserve. By crafting a strong, compelling case, we are best able to help clients obtain full and fair settlement offers.
At Richmond Vona, LLC, our personal injury attorneys are experienced, result-focused advocates for victims. We will help you maximize your settlement offer or trial verdict. To set up your no fee, no obligation case evaluation, please contact our legal team right away. From our Buffalo law office, we represent injured victims throughout Western New York, including in Erie County, Niagara County, Genesee County, and Monroe County.