The Possible Outcomes in a Personal Injury Case

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If you have suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence and are thinking of filing a personal injury case, you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering what the outcome of your case will be. Understanding how a case proceeds will keep you prepared for whatever the final outcome may be. The following are the most common outcomes in a personal injury case:

The case is settled: A majority of personal injury cases end with a settlement that is negotiated out of the courtroom. By accepting a settlement, the injured party agrees to stop pursuing a case against the defendant. In exchange, the defendant compensates the injured party for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The case is dropped: Sometimes the injured party may decide to drop the case if he or she feels that there is not enough evidence to prove their case.

The case goes to trial: When the plaintiff and the defendant are unable to reach an agreement or when the insurance company refuses to pay a plaintiff’s claim, the case may go to trial. When negotiations fail, a trial becomes a necessity.

The plaintiff wins: If the plaintiff wins the case at trial, it means the court has officially found the defendant liable. The court will then award damages to compensate for hospital bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.

The defendant wins: If the defendant wins the case at trial, the plaintiff does not receive any award. On the contrary, depending on the circumstances and the jurisdiction, the plaintiff may be required to reimburse the defendant for legal fees, court filing fees, attorney fees and other taxable costs.

The case is appealed: If the defendant or the plaintiff feels that there was an error in the court’s ruling, they can appeal the case. The appeal can be done up to 30 days after the ruling. A higher court may reconsider the case and either overturn or uphold the existing verdict.

If you need a personal injury attorney to help you file a personal injury case, contact the Law Firm of Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. today. Our team of aggressive, experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys are dedicated to providing exceptional representation. Call 914-357-8911 or 718-619-4215 or email whc@cooper-law.com.

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