“Personal injury law cases are one of the most common types of lawsuits filed in America. Yet, most of these cases settle outside the courts and mostly favor the plaintiff. According to a report by Cornell Law, around 95.8% of automobile insurance cases end up settling rather than going to court. However, knowing and reporting the exact figures is not possible due to client-attorney confidentiality in the USA.” says Maxwell Paderewski, personal injury lawyer, Lone Star Injury Attorneys
If you are looking to hire a reliable advocate for your case, you should ask the attorney about the success rate of their firm and the settlement history of similar cases that they fought.
Why do most personal injury cases end up settling outside the court?
There are quite a few reasons for settling personal injury cases outside the court. For starters, going to the trial for the case is a lengthy process, and it is reported that when personal injury cases are taken to court, the plaintiff wins in less than 5% of the cases.
Hence, personal injury lawyers try to settle the case outside of the court for the client’s best interests. Settling outside the court with a reasonable amount means that the plaintiff does not need to endure even more mental or financial burden that they may have already suffered due to the injury, and their chances of getting compensated increase, with less time required. Despite trying to settle outside the court, the personal injury lawyers are always prepared for a trial and also keep their clients prepared in case the need arises.
Types of damages that a personal injury lawsuit plaintiff can be entitled to
If you are a victim in a personal injury law case, you may be entitled to monetary and non-monetary damages. Monetary damages are the damages,economic or financial losses due to the injury, such as medical expenses, wages lost, property damages, etc. Non-monetary damages are compensations for non-financial damages that you incurred, such as the compensation for physical or mental injury/trauma.
Ways with which you can improve your chances of winning your injury case
Even though winning a personal injury law case largely depends on various factors such as the case type, the compensation demanded, the efficiency of the lawyer, etc. Here is a list of simple steps that you can carry out to improve your chances of winning your case.
First and foremost, it is essential to hire a reliable personal injury lawyer. An expert personal injury lawyer that knows what they are doing greatly increases your chances of winning the case, as they will be able to guide you with the best course of action you should take for your injury case.
Secondly, get proper and thorough documentation for your case. From the medical procedure that you went through because of the injury, to the property damages that you paid and every economic or non-economic loss that you’ve incurred in between. Everything should be properly recorded and documented before the case is filed.
It is also essential that you do not hastily contact the insurance company on your own without the guidance of an expert personal injury lawyer, as insurance companies try their best to minimize or completely remove the claim. However, you should not exaggerate your symptoms or the damages incurred.
Lastly, discussing the details of your injury law case or putting allegations on social media without being proven only weakens your case, and the defendant’s attorney can use it against you in court.
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