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How to Prepare for a Trial if a Settlement Can’t be Reached

When you file a lawsuit, your primary goal may be to settle the case outside of court. However, despite your best efforts, it’s not always possible to settle. In these situations, you must prepare for a trial. Trials can be daunting and complex. But with the proper preparation and guidance, you can increase your chances of success.

A Sand Law attorney will provide that guidance and ensure you’re entirely prepared should your case find its way to the inside of a courtroom. Whether you’ve suffered an injury in a car accident, a slip and fall, a dog attack, or any other incident caused by another’s negligence, we’ll fight for your rights. Our attorneys will have the truth on their side and be ready to take on the opposition – no matter how formidable it might be.

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Most Cases are Settled in Negotiations

You must know from the start that most cases reach a settlement. About 95% of civil cases in the United States resolve without a trial. Settlements are often preferred because they are generally quicker, less expensive, and less risky than going to trial. Also, insurance companies would rather settle than take the risk of losing more money due to a jury award. If your case is settled, you won’t have to worry about having to prepare for a trial.

However, sometimes negotiations fail, and a trial is the only way to resolve the dispute. While this can be frustrating, it shouldn’t cause any sense of panic. You can rest easy when you have a skilled Sand Law attorney working on your behalf. Our lawyers have extensive trial experience and a long track record of success.

Will Your Case Go to Trial?

The decision to go to trial isn’t always in an accident victim’s hands. If the other party refuses to negotiate or offers an unreasonable or unfair settlement, you may have no choice but to go to court. In other cases, you may be the one who decides to take the case to trial because you believe that you have a strong case and a good chance of winning. Your attorney will advise you on whether your case is suitable for trial and the likelihood of success.

How to Prepare for a Trial

Preparing for a trial involves a lot of work and effort. Your lawyer will play a crucial role in this process, but you must also be actively involved in preparing for the trial. Here are some steps you can take to get ready:

Ask Your Lawyer Any Questions

Your lawyer is your primary source of guidance and advice. You should feel free to ask them any questions you may have about the trial, the legal process, or the evidence that will be presented in court. Your attorney will provide detailed answers and ensure you understand the proceedings.

Make Sure Your Documents are in Order

Your attorney will need to review and organize all the documents related to your case. These could include contracts, agreements, medical records, and any other evidence your legal representative will present in court. Ensure that you have provided your lawyer with all relevant documents and that they’re in order. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding what kind of documentation you need.

Collecting Evidence

The success of your case will largely depend on the evidence your attorney presents in court. That’s why it’s essential your lawyer collects as much evidence as possible to support your case. This evidence can include documents, witness statements, photographs, and expert opinions. Your lawyer will advise you on what evidence is relevant and necessary for your case.

Determining Your Case’s Value

Before going to trial, your lawyer will also need to determine the value of your case. They’ll calculate the tangible (or economic) damages you seek, including any medical expenses and lost wages. They’ll also determine the worth of your subjective or non-economic damages. These include emotional distress and pain and suffering. These calculations will help you determine whether the settlement offer is fair or whether you should go to trial.

What if We Lose in Court?

Unfortunately, there’s always a risk that you will lose in court. If this happens, you may be required to pay the other party’s legal fees and expenses. That’s why it’s essential to discuss this possibility with your lawyer and prepare for the worst-case scenario. If you have an experienced attorney, they’ll have an excellent idea of what to expect during a trial.

However, winning in court can result in a much higher settlement offer than the insurance company initially proposed. This is why it’s crucial to have a seasoned lawyer who knows how to win cases in court.

Sand Law Has Experience Winning Cases in Court & Negotiating High Settlement Offers

At Sand Law, we have experience in winning cases at trial. We’ve also been able to negotiate fair settlement offers on behalf of our clients. Our team of skilled and experienced attorneys will work tirelessly to prepare your case for trial, ensuring that you have the best chance of success.

We understand that going to trial can be intimidating, but with our guidance and support, you can feel confident and prepared. Our attorneys deeply understand the legal system and will use their knowledge and experience to develop a strong case strategy. We’ll collect all relevant evidence, interview witnesses, and prepare you for testimony to ensure we present your case in the most compelling way possible.

At Sand Law, we also understand the importance of negotiating settlements outside court. Our attorneys will work with the other party’s legal team to reach a fair and reasonable settlement that meets your needs. If we’re unable to reach a settlement, we’ll be prepared to take your case to trial and fight for your rights in court.

If you would like more information about our firm or you’d like to schedule a free case review, please use our online contact form or call 651-291-7263.