Do I Have To Go To Court?
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Do I have to go to court?
I'm worried about other people finding out about my case.
Are there any alternatives to going to court?
If you choose to go the settlement route, there's a great chance you will settle successfully. Many of these cases are never filed in court. In settlement we work directly with the insurance company for the responsible party. Insurance companies aren't stupid - they have a book on each law firm. They know which firms will settle for short money and which firms are afraid to go to trial. Since we have worked with these companies for so many years, they are well aware of our reputation for skilled and thorough representation, the quality of our work and our long history record of successful verdicts at trial. This often positions us at the outset to achieve a positive outcome for our client without ever having to file a lawsuit. In those cases where a lawsuit is filed, we continue to work closely with the insurance company until it is convinced that settlement of our client's claim is the best option for all concerned.
In Arbitration, which is binding, the two sides select a so-called neutral, usually a retired judge or experienced attorney, to make the best decision. You can go to arbitration for personal injury claims if:
1. You're making a claim on an auto insurance policy under uninsured or under-insured motorist coverages; or if
2. The two sides agree to binding arbitration.
Arbitration is both flexible and low-key. When a satisfactory settlement cannot be reached and our clients agree to bypass court, we often submit their cases to arbitration instead of court. At arbitration they meet in a conference room with an arbitrator and the parties from both sides. There's no judge, no court officer, no stenographer and no audience watching. It's very private. In some arbitrations, you can agree to a "high-low" award at the outset, with a guaranteed lowest and guaranteed highest award. Win or lose, the high-low option guarantees a substantial money award.
Mediation, which is non-binding, is an option that may be taken when the parties don't want to give up their power to negotiate. It doesn't matter if a lawsuit has been filed. An experienced neutral is selected, usually a retired judge or lawyer. In a classic mediation the two sides meet in a conference room and each side has anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to present a summary of its case. The mediator then separates the two sides and shuttles between the parties to hear more information or offer suggestions. The mediator will hold all communications from each separated party in strict confidence, while trying to bring the two sides closer together. In most instances, the mediator will successfully close the gap that separates the two parties, achieving a settlement acceptable to both. Again, there is no judge, no court officer, no stenographer and no audience watching. It's very private.
Our results in settlement, arbitration and mediation have ranged from $10,000 to $7.5 million.
Areas of Practice
We specialize in all areas of personal injury law, fighting for your rights to get the compensation you deserve, whether you have been in a car accident or have suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Motor Vehicle Accident
Let us get you compensation you deserve to start on the road to recovery.Motor Vehicle Accident
After the sudden death of a loved one, turn to us for help.Wrongful Death
These injuries come at a high cost; you shouldn't have to pay for them.Brain Injuries
After suffering an injury at your workplace, contact us to get justice.Workplace Injuries
Slips & Falls
If you have been injured on someone else's property, get in touch with us.Slips & Falls
Injuries to Children
We can get justice for these injuries to children which sometimes can last a lifetime.Injuries to Children