It’s a very common, understandable question, and the short answer is “it depends.” It depends on whether or not the insurance company or the corporate wrongdoer on the other side offers you enough money for you to say “I will accept that amount of money and I will not go to trial.” So ultimately it is the client’s decision on whether or not their case goes to trial. Some clients are more risk averse, some clients are willing to go forward, and some clients want their day in court.
Another factor that may play into things, and that we see happen all the time, is that recoveries are oftentimes limited by whatever insurance is available. So if you’re in a very serious wreck but there’s only a certain amount of insurance available and the defendant doesn’t have personal assets, then you’re likely going to have to settle for that amount.
So, will my case go to trial? It depends. But what you need to know is that you need to hire a lawyer that knows how to try a case. If you hire a lawyer who’s never tried a jury case, I can guarantee you the insurance company is the first group of people to know that. They know your lawyer hasn’t tried a case.
At Bailey & Greer we try cases all the time. Both me and my partner are very experienced in trying lawsuits, and so if it comes to that we would be glad to do that for you. If you need a trial lawyer, if you’ve been hurt, please give us a call. The number is 901-680-9777 or on the web at baileygreer.com.