One of the most common questions that potential clients ask is whether they will have to go to court. Anxiety about court is completely understandable, but the good news is that court is rarely like anything you see on television or in the movies. Unless there is something unusual about your case, it is likely to be far less dramatic. That said, understanding why and when your case may have to go to court can be helpful in proceeding with your case. A Fort Walton personal injury lawyer can review your case and discuss the potential outcome you can expect.
Most Personal Injury Cases Settle Without Going to Court
Most clients are relieved to hear that most personal injury cases will never go to trial and might even settle without having to file a lawsuit. This can happen for a variety of reasons:
- The facts surrounding your accident are undisputed
- The injuries you suffered were typical for the type of accident you were involved in
- Your received routine medical treatment for your injuries
- You did not have to miss work for an extended period of time
In other words, the more straightforward your accident, the more likely you will be able to settle the claim without going to court. A Fort Walton personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the claim process efficiently so that you can get the compensation you need as quickly as possible.
Who Decides to Settle Your Claim?
The short answer to this question is that you get to decide when to settle your claim and for how much.
The more complicated answer is that this will depend on the insurance company responsible for paying your claim. In order to reach a settlement, both sides have to agree to an appropriate settlement payment. Insurance companies can be unreasonable at times, making low-ball settlement offers and refusing to pay reasonable compensation. A Fort Walton personal injury lawyer can guide you through the negotiation process and provide advice as to whether the settlement offer in front of you is reasonable.
The Types of Cases That Go to Court
Sometimes going to court is the only option to get the compensation you need to rebuild your life. Other than situations where the insurance company is being unreasonable, there are two situations where cases are more likely to require the intervention of a court:
- Cases where significant facts are in dispute
- Cases that involve challenging legal issues
If your case falls into one of these categories, it is essential that you work with a Fort Walton personal injury lawyer. They will be able to assemble a compelling case for why the other side should be held liable for your injuries and other losses.
Contact a Fort Walton Personal Injury Lawyer at Powell, Powell & Powell
Whether settling your claim with the insurance company or going to trial, we have deep experience in getting our clients the results they need. To speak with a Fort Walton personal injury lawyer about your case, contact us today at 805-682-2757 to schedule a free consultation.