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Do I Have to Go to Court for a Personal Injury Claim?
A courtroom can seem like an intimidating place, no matter the situation. The formal setting, combined with the risks at stake, is enough to make anyone feel nervous. Although many essential proceedings take place inside of them, most people tend to avoid courtrooms whenever possible.
If you’ve recently been the victim of someone’s negligence, you’re probably wondering if you’ll have to make your courtroom debut. However, many injury claim cases reach their conclusion without going to the courtroom. Depending on your situation, you may obtain compensation after an accident without court.
After sustaining a severe injury, you must seek compensation for any damages that were the result of another person’s negligence. For life-altering injuries, such as loss of limb,the need for compensation becomes greater. Read on to learn more about the claims process and when it might require a courtroom.
Settling Out of Court
Many injury claims conclude without involving a courtroom. Obtaining compensation out of the courtroom is known as a settlement. A settlement is a legal contract between two parties to resolve a dispute. Usually, both parties agree to a set sum that will resolve the conflict and end further legal action.
For example, the insurance company representing the at-fault driver in a car accident may offer you a settlement that covers your medical expenses and property damage. Insurance companies are at risk of losing a large sum of money if you win a lawsuit against them. To avoid losing profit, they will attempt to settle your case with an offer they minimizes their financial output.
When Does an Injury Claim Go to Court?
Insurance companies will sometimes offer a settlement that doesn’t come close to covering the scope of your losses. If the other party refuses to cooperate and provide an acceptable agreement, your attorney can then file a civil lawsuit and take the claim to court.
The courtroom process varies in length, and your case could anywhere from a few weeks to several months to finish depending on your circumstances. However, most injury claim cases rarely proceed to the courtroom, and your trusted injury attorney will do everything in their power to win maximum compensation without going to court.
Consult an Injury Attorney
Are you in need of an injury attorney to help you obtain compensation for your damages? The Law Offices of Gary S. Greenberg have ample experience with cases such as yours. Our attorneys will fight to ensure insurance companies offer you a fair settlement.
Call 414-271-7007 to speak with one of our injury lawyers about your accident claim. You can also fill out a contact form on this page.