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August 02, 2021

3 Things to Expect in Court If Your Injury Case Goes to Trial

What Happens When Your Car Accident Case Does Not Settle and You Go to Trial?

In the vast majority of car accident cases, a settlement is reached outside of court. With the help of an attorney, injured parties are able to negotiate fair and full compensation to cover their losses. However, in some cases, a favorable settlement cannot be reached, and a personal injury lawsuit proceeds to trial.

At Denlea & Carton, our attorneys are highly trained litigators who are not afraid to go to trial. We have recovered over $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts for our clients. When you are injured, you need a trial lawyer who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact our office for a free consultation.

1. Your Case May Still Settle.

If, after thorough negotiations, your case cannot be settled, a lawsuit may be filed with the court. Personal injury litigation can be a lengthy process that begins with the filing of a formal legal document referred to as a complaint. The court process then works its way through several phases, including discovery, pre-trial motions, and jury selection prior to the trial beginning.

Throughout the court process, negotiations may be ongoing. If the at-fault driver’s insurance company believes that they are going to be unsuccessful at trial, they may offer a better settlement. It is not unusual for a car accident or other personal injury claim to settle even after a trial date is set.

2. The Defense Will Put on Medical Experts That Try to Downplay Your Injuries.

Once a jury is selected, each side makes opening statements. Then they have the opportunity to present their case by calling witnesses and experts to testify. The other side gets the chance to cross-examine.

In personal injury cases, both sides will often offer expert medical opinions regarding the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries. It is not unusual for the defense to put on an expert that tries to downplay your injuries. While it can be challenging to hear, it is essential to remember that your attorney has prepared extensively for trial and knows how to handle the defense’s witnesses and experts.

3. You Will Not Be Alone.

The idea of your case going to trial may seem overwhelming, but you will not face any aspect of the case alone. Your lawyer will be there the entire time and will have prepared you for every step of the process.

When selecting an attorney to represent you in a personal injury case, it is critical to remember that you may have to go to court in order to get the most significant recovery available in your case. Selecting a lawyer with considerable trial experience is the best way to ensure that you are well-represented throughout each phase of your case.

Injured in a Car Accident? Request a Free Consultation.

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Denlea & Carton for a free consultation. Our lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience. We can help you get the compensation you need after an accident or injury.

Our firm was built on providing compassionate, aggressive representation for injury victims throughout White Plains, New York. We know the financial devastation that an unexpected accident can cause. Let us help you get the recovery you deserve. Call (914) 840-5927 to speak with an experienced lawyer.


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