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Settling a personal injury case versus taking it to trial

When a Kentucky plaintiff has a viable personal injury claim — perhaps after they suffered serious injuries in a car accident — it’s always the hope that the defendant will be reasonable, recognize the error of their ways and agree to settle the matter fairly. That means providing sufficient financial compensation for the victim to pay for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses that resulted from the injury.

Settlement is an excellent option for both defendants and plaintiffs in a personal injury matter — if they can arrive at a suitable settlement deal. That’s because it reduces the risks of having to go to trial. Ultimately, no one can predict with perfect accuracy how a judge or jury will decide a particular lawsuit in a trial. For this reason, personal injury plaintiffs may want to consider the advantages of controlling the end result of their cases by agreeing to a settlement deal.

If neither party can agree to a settlement, the case will need to go to trial. Plaintiffs will present their cases for financial compensation in court. This can involve providing documentation and other evidence, eyewitness testimony, expert testimony and other information to prove that they have a right to receive payment for damages.

Whether you plan to settle your lawsuit or go to trial, having a personal injury attorney by your side can make all the difference in the outcome of the case. If you suffered injuries in any kind of accident that were caused by someone else’s negligence or actions, talk with an attorney to find out what your best legal options are.