Will My Personal Injury Claim Have to Go to Court?

If you are considering filing a personal injury claim in Pennsylvania, you may be wondering if your case will go to trial. Continue reading to learn more and speak with one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys today.

Does my personal injury claim have to go to court?

If you were injured as a result of another’s negligence, you may want to pursue your legal options. It is likely that you have heard about personal injury claims where the plaintiff is awarded a large settlement by a judge or jury. However, keep in mind that your claim may not require head-to-head court battles.

This is because most personal injury cases are settled out of court. The majority of the time, the parties reach an agreement before the trial stage or even before the injury lawsuit is filed. Even though the negotiations can be long and frustrating, both defendants and plaintiffs typically prefer to avoid a trial. Even though your personal injury claim may not end up in court, you will still require a skilled attorney on your side.

Why do defendants and personal injury attorneys prefer a settlement?

The biggest reason why most personal injury cases are settled is that neither party wants to go to trial and risk losing. If you were hurt, you probably already lost a lot of money. For example, you may have spent thousands of dollars on medical care and if you could not work, you also may have lost wages. Many plaintiffs choose that it is better to accept a guaranteed settlement than to risk getting nothing at all. They want to bring a quick end to their financial trouble and move forward.

Also, insurance companies want to evade being ordered to pay damages that are well in excess of the victim’s actual losses. A victim with a persuasive attorney could convince a jury into granting a large amount, especially in serious cases. Since insurers and their lawyers don’t like uncertainty, they try to reach an out-of-court settlement.

Each personal injury case has unique aspects but once both sides negotiate reasonably, they usually settle. Cases only go to trial if one party is being fully unreasonable or lengthy negotiations fail to reach an agreement.

To learn more about the claim process, it is in your best interest to reach out to our skilled firm today. Friedman Schuman is ready to help.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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