Determining whether to take a personal injury claim to trial or to settle the case is a big decision for any accident lawyer. Before making this decision, your lawyer will go over the two main differences—preparation and costs.
Preparing for Trial
Personal injury claims that go to trial require greater involvement from the injured victim than simply settling the claim.
When a case goes to trial, you must maintain close contact with your accident lawyer. You should provide your lawyer with all of your contact information, including email and cell phone number. You must respond to all of your lawyer’s calls as soon as possible. The reason for this is that your lawyer will need to gather as much information as possible to prepare your defense. You play a major role in providing this necessary information.
It is also important to follow the advice and guidelines of your accident lawyer, including providing any requested documents and medical billing information. Also, try to keep track of your medical bills and the expenses you have incurred as a result of your accident.
Another important aspect of preparing for trial is avoiding any poor behavior that will negatively affect your case at trial. For instance, your accident lawyer will want you to keep a good record of your expenses, maintain a good relationship with your employer, and not provide any recorded statements to anyone without the presence of your lawyer.
Costs of Trial
Another major difference between trial and settlement is the expenses associated with going to trial. The expenses incurred in litigating your case are more costly because the time your accident lawyer spends preparing for trial and actually going to court is longer than the time spent negotiating a settlement. There are also court fees and expenses that you do not incur in a settlement process.
In order to determine whether you should settle your case or take it to trial, you need to go over the advantages and disadvantages of each option with your lawyer. To schedule a complimentary consultation with an experienced accident lawyer David Kashani, call the Law Offices of David P. Kashani, APLC at (323) 782-9605.