Whether your case proceeds to court is dependent on the nature of your case and your ability to reach a final settlement prior to going to trial. In the vast majority of personal injury cases, the victims will never see the inside of a courtroom. The two sides to the dispute can reach a settlement through informal negotiations or through the more formal process of mediation. In mediation proceedings, both parties and their attorneys meet with a neutral third-party mediator who helps the parties communicate their version of events related to the case and work toward a mutually acceptable resolution of the case.
In some cases, the parties can reach a quick settlement before a lawsuit is ever filed in court. However, even after your attorney has filed your personal injury lawsuit, you still can reach a settlement with the other party before your case goes to court. It is only if you cannot agree that your case must go to trial. Essentially, then, it is totally up to you whether to proceed to trial. If you agree with the settlement amount that the other party’s insurance company has offered you, then you can simply accept the settlement and do not have to go to court. If, however, you do not agree with the settlement offer, then your case must go to trial before you can get any compensation for your losses.
The bottom line is that you should always hire a personal injury attorney to help you in your case, whether you want your case to proceed to trial or not. We are the Wisconsin personal injury lawyers to whom you always can turn if your loved one suffers serious or fatal injuries in a traffic accident. Whether your case goes to trial or settles through negotiations, we are here to represent your interests. No matter how complex or difficult your case may be, the Madison personal injury lawyers of Boller & Vaughan are here to advocate on behalf of your loved one and hold negligent individuals responsible for their role in causing any injuries or death that has occurred.