How Many Personal Injury Cases go to Trial?
Knowing roughly how many personal injury cases go to trial can give you a better understanding of whether or not your particular case may end up in court. At Linley Welwood, we understand how important it is to hire a lawyer with extensive courtroom experience. That is why our team of personal injury lawyers will always be ready to take your case to trial if settling outside of court will not provide you with the compensation you deserve.
What are the Odds Your Case will go to Trial?
While it is difficult to determine exactly how many personal injury cases in Canada end up in court on a yearly basis because reporting standards and percentages will differ depending on location, the majority of cases are typically settled before going to trial. In most cases, if your personal injury case is simple and the at-fault party can be clearly identified, your case will be more likely to settle outside of court; however, cases that are more complex, where negligence is less cut and dry, are more likely to go to trial.
Why do Most Personal Injury Cases Settle?
Most personal injury cases that involve an insurance company will reach a settlement outside of court in order to save both time and money. Since going to court can be expensive for an insurance company and they will have no control over what the court decides, most insurance companies will do everything they can to prevent the case from going to trial.
Some personal injury cases may also be settled outside of court if the defendant, such as a large corporation, is looking to stay out of the public eye; however, in cases such as these, the defendant company may require you to sign a non-disclosure agreement in order to receive a larger settlement offer.
Benefits of Settling Outside of Court
Settling outside of court can be beneficial for both sides, as it can cutdown on costs and the amount of time spent on the personal injury case, while still allowing both sides to maintain some control over the agreed upon settlement. Since there is no guarantee that one side will win in court, both the defendant and the plaintiff run the risk of losing everything by going to trial. By negotiating outside of court, the defendant can keep the details of the settlement private, while the plaintiff can receive the compensation they deserve much sooner.
If you would like to learn more about how many personal injury cases go to trial, or if you are interested in our legal services for your personal injury case, please contact Linley Welwood at 604-850-6640 or by filling out a contact form on our website.