How Many Personal Injury Claims Go to Court?

December 10, 2021

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately six million car accidents occur every year in the United States. That averages out to one car accident every ten seconds. Additionally, the CDC estimates 17,000 slip and fall accidents per year and about five million dog bites. 

If you are a victim of a personal injury accident, you may decide to file a claim. To determine if you can file a lawsuit, you should first evaluate the following questions:

  1. Did the negligence of another party cause the accident?
  2. Did you sustain damages or injuries as the result of that negligence?
  3. Is there a company or person that can pay for the damages?

Working with an experienced personal injury attorney will present the best opportunity for winning your case and maximizing your compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and recover damaged property.

What Are The Chances My Personal Injury Case Will Go to Court?

Many personal injury claims never make it to court. According to US Government statistics, only about 5% of personal injury cases go to trial, while 95% are settled out of court.

An experienced attorney can help you maximize your out-of-court settlement. Insurance companies will often try to offer a low-ball settlement quickly, and while this may at first seem like a great deal, you can rest assured that you are likely being short-changed. Most insurance companies are for-profit, so their initial settlement offer will likely only cover a small portion of your injuries and damages.

A personal injury attorney will understand the complexities of accident cases, anticipated long-term suffering, nuances of the laws of your state, and be able to offer the best outcome in negotiations. In the unlikely case that negotiations for an out-of-court settlement fail, your attorney will be equipped with the resources, documentation, and research to increase your chance of winning at trial.

What if I Need My Personal Injury Settlement Fast?

Often, accident victims find themselves buried under a mountain of debt. Property damage, medical bills, missed work, and pain may make it difficult to get ahead or even get out of bed. It’s essential in these cases to work with a lawyer who can advise you appropriately. Negotiations can take months or even years before a settlement is reached. An attorney can often help you get the maximum compensation in the shortest amount of time.

Hire a Personal Injury Attorney 

At Saladino & Schaaf, we have over 85 years of combined experience working with victims’ personal injury claims. After an initial free consultation, our attorneys will review your situation and help you decide if you have a case. Our team will listen to you and guide you throughout the process, and since we work on contingency, we aren’t paid unless you win. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was no fault of your own, contact us online or call us at 270-444-0406 (Paducah) or 270-753-1529 (Murray) today to schedule a free consultation.




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