The Possible Outcomes in a Personal Injury Case
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be questioning whether you should file a personal injury claim. A personal injury claim allows a person who has been injured due to the negligence of another, to seek compensation for their injury.
Here are possible outcomes of filing a claim:
- The Case is Dropped: Sometimes, an injured party may file a personal injury claim, only to decide later that their case isn’t worth pursuing. For example, it may become evident that a key piece of evidence is weak and there is no chance of winning. In this situation, the plaintiff may drop the case.
- The Case is Settled Before Trial: The most common way for a personal injury case to get resolved is in pre-trial settlement negotiations. An agreement is reached where the plaintiff agrees to drop the lawsuit in exchange for monetary compensation.
- The injured party wins at trial: If a case proceeds to trial and the plaintiff wins, this means the court has officially found the defendant liable. A victory in court for the injured party means that they will receive compensation for their injuries.
- The Defendant Wins: If the defendant wins at trial, the injured party will not receive compensation for the injury. It’s also possible that the plaintiff might have to pay fees such as court filing fees, expert witness fees, service of process fees and attorney fees.
- The trial verdict is appealed: Sometimes, the case does not end with a verdict. If the plaintiff or the defendant believes there was an error in the initial ruling, they can file an appeal. The appeal will go to a higher court, which will reconsider the case and either overturn or uphold the existing verdict.
Personal Injury Cases Require Experienced Lawyers. Contact The Westchester County Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been seriously injured due to the negligence of another, contact Marvin A Cooper P.C. (Attorney William H. Cooper) at (914) 357-8911. We offer free consultations to all prospective clients plus no-risk representation to individuals with strong legal grounds for a claim.