The Art of the Settlement in Mississippi Personal Injury Cases
Oftentimes, when plaintiffs who haven’t dealt with the legal system file a lawsuit, they start their case with grand visions of their day in court, with a 12-person jury and bombshell testimony from witnesses that prove their case and get them everything they want. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is, that nationally only about 1-2 percent of all civil cases filed in the United States end with a trial either before a jury or a judge. The vast majority of cases end with a settlement agreement between the parties, so it’s important to retain an attorney who understands this process.
Why Personal Injury Cases Settle
Many plaintiffs can be hesitant to settle at first, thinking that a trial might be their best bet to collect a large award. According to one recent study, the opposite is actually true. Plaintiffs tend to collect much less money from going to trial than if they settled beforehand. Defendants also tend to pay out much more if they insist on going to trial. The reason for this is simple: Trials are unpredictable. No matter how preparation is put into case, witnesses can change their testimony or perform poorly on the stand. And there’s no telling how a jury will feel about the evidence that’s put before them. In most cases, just coming to an agreed settlement amount before trial is in everyone’s best interests.
How to Get the Best Settlement for Your Case in Mississippi
Of course, just filing a lawsuit won’t be enough to get a defendant to cut a check. They need to be convinced that a settlement will save them money in the long run.
Just like if you’re going to trial, this means collecting evidence. Copies of all medical records need to be collected and sent to the other side to show the seriousness of any injuries. And that information needs to be kept up to date if medical treatment continues for months or years after an accident. Witnesses need to be contacted and interviewed to show what they could testify to about the circumstances of an accident. This information can be shared with the defendant’s insurance adjuster even before a lawsuit is filed to encourage a quick settlement.
Ultimately, the other side has to understand that you have more than enough evidence to prove your case before a jury and be victorious so there’s no reason for them to go to trial.
Contact Us For Help With Your Case
If you’ve been in an accident, you need an attorney on your side who will fight to get you the largest possible settlement for your case to cover all of your medical bills and expenses. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy M. Guice are experienced negotiators. If you or a loved one has recently suffered a personal injury in Mississippi, an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Judy Guice can help. Contact our office today for an initial consultation.