4 Things to Know Before Heading into Court
Oct. 18, 2022
According to the CDC, 800,000 patients are hospitalized because of a fall, trip, or slip. If you or a loved one has had a personal injury because of another party's negligence, you should seek legal advice on how to seek compensation. Although most personal injury cases do not go to court, you may find yourself in that situation.
Most people prefer to settle out of court because it's often less engaging, faster, and cheaper. Yet there are circumstances where you're convinced going to court is the most suitable option. Here are four things you should know before heading to court.
1. You Must Support Your Claim with Evidence
As with all court cases, evidence differentiates between weak and winning cases. Some courts will throw out any case presented with weak evidence. For example, if you fall and slip in a grocery store, then make a personal injury claim, you must prove guilt on the store owner's part. You may have to present documents and photos as proof of fault.
2. Lawsuits Take Time and Resources
If you choose to go to court, you must accept that it will take your time and resources. You may have to appear in court or send a legal representative. Getting legal advice also costs money. The more time your attorney spends on your case, the more you may have to spend. That's why it's important to find an attorney with enough experience and knowledge to help settle your case as quickly as possible.
3. Even if You Win, You Will Have to Collect Your Compensation
If you win a case in a court of law, the other party will be liable to compensate you. Yet the court will not collect compensation for you. Your attorney may act as an intermediary, but the court's role often ends at the judgment. However, there are laws around compensation enforcement. Your attorney will be able to give you all the information you need to get the compensation you're entitled to.
4. You Could Get Higher Compensation than Expected
While it is easier and often cheaper to settle out of court, going to court might give you higher compensation than expected. The jury may award you a high compensation if you have a strong case. It's not advised to take on your personal injury case alone. Working with an attorney will give you the best outcome.
Personal injury claims are often emotionally and financially draining, especially when you don't have an attorney. We can assist you with personalized legal advice on personal injury claims. Contact us today at the Law Offices of Steve Zwick to work with an attorney you can count on.