Accident Lawyer Basics – Resolution Before Trial: Settlement

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The mainstream of legal claims ascending from accidents or injuries do not touch a civil court trial. Usually, they are determined earlier in the litigation procedure through a negotiated settlement between the parties. From time to time an informal settlement can happen before any lawsuit is even started. In occasional cases, in its place of paying cash, the defendant will decide to do or stop performing a certain act.

Power of the Case

  1. Jury decisions and settlement results in comparable cases;
  2. Your odds of winning at trial;
  3. Real-world problems in trying the case;
  4. Weaknesses and strengths in your evidence; &
  5. Power and flaws in your enemy’s evidence.

Cash and Damages

  1. What your lawyer thinks the case may be price in a variety of dollar amounts and what he or she reasons you could obtain in damages at trial;
  2. The least amount you will agree to take to end the case and avoid trial;
  3. The policy restrictions of the defendant’s insurance handling; &
  4. The defendant’s own financial possessions.

Questions for the Complainant

  1. Think through what you’re ready to give up in order to get the case over. Generally, there must be some give and take on the part of the complainant and defendant to discuss a settlement that both sides will agree to take;
  2. Think about the opportunity of a fractional settlement. Alternatively, settle the easy matters first while you carry on to negotiate the more tough ones; and
  3. Choose whether you are willing to take a remedy other than cash;

General Concerns

  1. Negative publicity for both side. Usually, civil court trials are exposed to the open, which lets for media attention and inspection;
  2. The quantity of personal info that could be exposed at trial or over further discovery;
  3. Probable expose of business data or trade secrets;
  4. When the case is probable to be termed for trial and the assessed length of the trial;
  5. The opposite attorney’s negotiation strategies. Your attorney may have discussed with the opposite attorney before, or has talked to other attorneys to get an impression of what to expect; &
  6. The amount to which your rival is expected to play “hardball” and be unwilling to discuss.


If you are thoughtful about settling a legal statement after an accident or injury, or if you have received a settlement proposal from the opposite side, you may want to talk to an accident lawyer. It’s essential to get his or her full assessment of the case and estimation about the probability of settlement.


  1. Jerry Fred

    August 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Back in 1978, the Supreme Court of Canada had decided that the available limit for such damages is $340,000 for the most severe cases. These included cases such as brain injury or quadriplegia. In this case, Andrews v. Grand & Toy Alberta Ltd, the court stated that it is difficult to make true restitution, and that such compensation will serve as additional money available to the victim ‘to make life more endurable’. It should be noted that claims for pain and suffering will only succeed if they pass the ‘threshold’, which at the moment is $36,540. This means that if the your claim is not worth than the indicated the amount, there will be no available damages for ‘pain and suffering’. As a reminder, threshold is established if there is a permanent, serious impairment to an important physical, mental or psychological function. If your injuries are worth more than $121,799, there will be no deductible.


      September 20, 2015 at 12:20 am

      You are right on there.

  2. Harold hunderson

    August 4, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    The discovery process is a fine tool for lawyers to gather information from the other side well before trial. The claimant in a personal injury matter for example, provides medical evidence from their family doctor regarding injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. When parties exchange evidence at an early stage in the case, it helps to facilitate meaningful settlement discussions between both sides. Resolving your claim out of court is strongly advisable, because it avoids a costly, time consuming and unpredictable outcomes at trial. Nonetheless, lawyers must always be prepared, and as such, must handle each and every single file in a manner that anticipates the possibility of trial.

  3. Timmothy SL

    August 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Statistically, only 1% of personal injury cases proceed to trial.[1] This is largely due to the fact that as a general policy, early settlement is highly encouraged in order to reduce the amount of cases that flow through the court system. In fact, car accident lawyers have an ethical duty to advise clients to compromise and encourage them to give and accept reasonable settlement offers. Throughout different stages in the case, there are opportunities for settlement, such as during settlement discussions, mediation or during the pre-trial conference.


      September 20, 2015 at 12:10 am

      Thats because negotiation is better then trial.

  4. Matthew F

    August 6, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    In the event that a case proceeds to trial, both the claimant and the lawyer have responsibilities when it comes to trial preparation. The injured client must have provided the lawyer with enough objective medical evidence proving their injuries. The client must also ensure that the lawyer is fully informed of all the facts and details to avoid any surprises at trial. The lawyer prepares for trial by gathering and reviewing all relevant evidence including medical reports, opposite party’s pleadings, transcripts from examinations under oath, and testimony from witnesses. When considering which witnesses to call, the lawyer shall seek instructions from the client, interview the witnesses and prepare them for trial. A good lawyer will also plan to have responses and explanations for any possible harmful evidence that the opposite side might raise at trial.


      September 20, 2015 at 12:16 am

      A trial is lot more complicated, negotiation is easier.

  5. Nanncy

    August 7, 2014 at 4:33 am

    In order to avoid serious car accidents, drivers are advised to pay attention to road speed signs. As a reminder, the speed limit in the city is 50km/hour, and usually 80km/hour outside, unless otherwise indicated on road signs. Keep your speed at a reasonable rate according to road signs in order to stay safe and avoid speeding tickets.

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