When people get involved in legal matters, one of the first things they assume is that they’ll have to go to court and through a lengthy trial process, but this isn’t actually the case when it comes to personal injury. Personal injury cases are those in which a person suffers an injury as the result of someone else’s negligence. Since this means that the negligent party is legally responsible for the person’s injuries, these cases are resolved using a settlement which reimburses the injured for their losses. The thing is, the majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court — between 95% and 96% of them. Here are three advantages of choosing to settle injuries out of court.
1. It’s less expensive.
Legal battles are notorious for being costly for everyone involved. There are court fees, attorney’s fees, in some cases, travel fees. Choosing to settle out of court cuts a lot of these costs. Since litigation can be a lengthy process, it can drive up the costs of resolving the case, and the point is to get reimbursement, not spend money trying to get it.
2. It’s generally faster.
Another advantage of settling injuries out of court is that it’s usually a much faster process than personal injury litigation. Since the negotiations will only be between you and your lawyer, and the other party and their insurance, it takes much less time. The only thing worse than suffering a serious injury is having to go through a long drawn out process of getting it resolved.
3. It’s less stressful.
Aside from a faster resolution and a less expensive option for working through a personal injury claim, it’s also a much less stressful process. Having to go to court and testify and watch evidence getting presented can be stressful, create anxiety, and bring back memories of the accident that you might not want to relive. Settling out of court will give you more privacy and control over the way things go.
Have you ever chosen to settle injuries out of court? Feel free to share your experience with us in the comments section below.