Should I Settle Or Take My Case To Trial?
Many new clients ask our attorneys what we think is the likely outcome of their case. Our answer? It depends on many factors, including whether or not you wish to pursue litigation or settlement.
There is no correct course of action that applies to every case – only the pros and cons of each option. For instance, personal injury litigation in New York generally results in more compensation than a settlement. Types of compensation that you can be awarded as the result of a trial include:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Transportation fees
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages
- Funeral expenses
- Any other expenses incurred due to injuries
Litigation is a much more formal process than negotiation, and you may be required to present yourself in front of a judge or jury. Some individuals do not look forward to the experience. On the other hand, some clients are sometimes relieved to finally have their side of the story heard in court.
How we pursue justice for your injury is your decision. We consider it our job to advise you of your options and provide the information you need to make the best choice for yourself and your loved ones.
I Don’t Want To Go To Trial. Can I Settle?
Clients often choose to seek a personal injury settlement when they want to avoid the stress and hassle of litigation. This method of resolving your legal issue also tends to be faster, as well as more informal, than a trial. Often, it is simply a matter of you and your attorney meeting with the defendant, and his or her attorneys to discuss the case. One drawback is that the punitive damages often awarded by judges and juries are not likely to be a part of settlement negotiations. However, all other types of compensation normally gained through traditional injury litigation can be included in your settlement.
Whether to settle a case or engage in a trial is completely up to you. At Steve Foley Law Firm, our team of experienced lawyers and staff prepares every case thoroughly, as if it is going to trial. We evaluate the merits of the litigation and make sure we have enough solid evidence to win in court if needed. We then advise you of the most likely outcome for your suit in each case and let you make the decision accordingly.
Let Us Help You Pursue Justice. Call For A Free Consultation.
To get answers to your personal injury questions and begin protecting your rights, we encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. Stephen R. Foley and his personal injury attorneys in New York give you the comprehensive legal help to restore your financial health. To get started, send us an email or call our office in downtown Buffalo office at 888-513-8122.