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July 29, 2014

Will my personal injury case in Philadelphia always go to trial?

If you have suffered an injury in an accident, you may be hesitant to file a lawsuit because you fear going through a trial in court. While television and movies often depict every case ending in a dramatic trial, in actuality, most cases are resolved out of court and without a trial.

If you are thinking of filing a personal injury lawsuit in Philadelphia, you want to make sure your attorney will work to find the best solution for your specific case and not simply insist on going to trial in every situation. This is because there may be several advantages to settling a personal injury case outside of the courtroom. Some advantages include:

  • Less stress—in short, trials can be stressful. You will likely be expected to take the witness stand and testify in front of the judge, the defendant, the defense attorneys, any spectators, and a jury of your peers. Furthermore, you will likely be subject to an aggressive cross-examination by the defense attorney.
  • Less time—pre-trial preparation and the trial process may both take an extensive amount of time. Not only will a large amount of your time be consumed by worrying about the trial, but you will also not receive any compensation until the trial is over.
  • Less money—trials often require extensive preparation and discovery, as well as expert analysis and testimony, court costs, and many other potential expenses. Though you will not have to pay unless you win your case, if you do win, you may have to cover trial expenses.

Though we seek to negotiate and settle cases out of court for your benefit, in some cases the only way to get you the compensation you deserve is to go to trial.

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