Will My Personal Injury Case Go All the Way to Trial?

August 3, 2014

I’ll see you in court.  It’s a phrase we have all heard, typically uttered in a movie or a television show by a vehement attorney or an angry client.  But when a personal injury victim sustains an injury, is her personal injury case really likely to proceed all the way to trial?  Not according to the most recent Ohio court statistics.

What to Expect When You Retain a Personal Injury Lawyer

Only about 1.2% of civil cases filed in Ohio result in trials.  If we could include the number of potential cases that are resolved before a lawsuit is filed, the probability of going all the way to court would drop even lower.  So why aren’t plaintiffs getting their day in court?  Is this low number a negative for personal injury victims?

Not at all.  This low number of trials is, in large part, a reflection of the settlement process at work in our legal system.  In the past, we have discussed the settlement process, which often begins before a personal injury case is ever filed.  For example, as Cleveland car accident lawyers, we are frequently able to obtain compensation for injured motorists without ever filing a lawsuit by negotiating a settlement with an automobile insurance company.

In more complex cases, such as medical malpractice, surgical malpractice, or product liability lawsuits, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit, but that does not mean the settlement process stops.  An experienced negligence lawyer will continue to negotiate with the responsible party to get you the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have sustained.

Why You Still Need an Experienced Trial Attorney

If you have been injured and seek legal counsel, it is very likely that your personal injury case will be settled without you ever having to go to court.  But not all cases settle.  Only by choosing an attorney with tested and proven trial experience can you ensure that, if you have to see the defendant in court, you will receive the representation that you deserve.

If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of negligence, malpractice, or a defective product, call the experienced Cleveland, Ohio trial attorneys at Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA for a free telephone consultation.

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