Settlements: Where The Real Action Is
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Jun 09, 2011 in Educational
In popular novels, television shows and Hollywood movies, the drama of the legal system takes place in the courtroom, with new evidence coming to light at the last minute, and surprise judgments being handed down from the bench.
However, the reality is that the the vast majority of civil cases end in settlement, before a jury trial ever begins—and that's a good thing.
It's About Time
The court system in most districts has a huge backlog of cases, and jury trials can take several months, or even years, and can be very expensive for the defendant. (Fortunately for you, the plaintiff, South Bend's Accident Lawyers don't charge unless you collect.) This means that often, you and your personal injury attorney merely have to establish that you have a case against the defendant for settlement negotiations to begin.
This is where having the best personal injury lawyer available is most important, because he or she has to know your case inside and out, how much you deserve for your injuries (based on years of personal injury experience), and how to negotiate for it against a plaintiff and his attorneys, who are determined to settle for as little as possible.
While this may not sound as dramatic as what you've seen in the movies, it is how most tort cases are concluded, and where we at Pfeifer, Morgan, and Stesiak fight the hardest for you, because a personal injury suit isn't about courtroom drama or "having your day in court," it's about getting you the payment you need and deserve for your injuries.