When you pursue a personal injury claim, what outcome should you expect? The attorneys at Levy, Stieh, Gaughan & Baron PC in Milford, PA, want to inform the public about how these cases are resolved and how injured individuals obtain compensation. Below, the attorneys explain the processes of dismissal, settlement, and trial.
Potential Outcomes for Personal Injury Claims
Dismissal of Claims
People who file for personal injury often dismiss their claims voluntarily. Reasons for dismissals include settlement agreements or injured individuals realizing they do not have adequate proof to support their claims. During litigation, courts may grant the defense attorney’s motions for summary judgment. In these situations, the defense attorneys have established the plaintiffs, the injured individuals, cannot prove their cases as a matter of law. These plaintiffs don’t receive compensation for their injuries.
Settlement Before Trial
Most personal injury claims settle before litigation starts. Attorneys often negotiate settlements with insurance companies on behalf of their clients instead of filing lawsuits. Even when lawyers file suit, they settle the majority of cases before trial. Some parties reach agreements with the help of neutral mediators. Settlement compensation packages include money for past and future medical expenses, lost wages or other income, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Going to Trial
When cases go to trial, a judge or jury decide the issues. If the plaintiff wins, the judge orders an award of compensation from the defendant that covers the same elements as settlement packages. If the defendant wins, the plaintiff does not receive anything. When a plaintiff’s attorneys take personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis and their clients lose, the lawyers do not charge attorney fees.
Do you have a personal injury case to discuss with a seasoned attorney? The experienced lawyers at Levy, Stieh, Gaughan & Baron PC have more than a decade of experience and guide their clients to successful outcomes through settlement negotiations, mediation, and trials. To schedule a consultation at their Milford, PA, office, call (570) 296-8844 or contact them through their website.