A lot of people may be wondering if they hire a lawyer to handle their car wreck case if they will need to go to trial. David Greene from Greene & Phillips is here with us to help us understand when a personal injury case may need to go to court.
If someone hires a lawyer to represent them in a car wreck how likely is it that they will have to go to trial?
It's actually really rare that a personal injury case goes to trial. The vast majority of these cases are settled even before suit is filed.
What's the advantage of settling before filing suit?
Filing suite can be very expensive, and in many instances it doesn't add much value to the case. We evaluate each case carefully to determine how to make it reach its ultimate value to the client.
If I have to pay a lawyer, what is the advantage having a lawyer as opposed to trying to settle it yourself?
Even considering lawyers fees, you will on average get 3 and ½ times more money if you use a lawyer.
Are there instances when filing suit is necessary?
In severe cases, like death cases, it's always necessary to file suit, so that subpoenas for data and information can be made. Also, In Alabama you have two years from the date of the accident to file suit. This is called the statute of limitations. So if nearly two years half passed and we are not close to a settlement we will file suit to make sure you are still able to get a settlement.
Does filing suit mean that you'll have to go to trial?
Only a tiny percentage of the cases we file suit on go to trial. Often we are able to negotiate an attractive settlement without taking it to court. Only in instances where the insurance company refuses to pay a fair amount.
How long does it take to get a settlement?
Every case is different, but we've settled a number of cases in a matter of a few weeks. Of course many more complex cases can take much longer.
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