Why Are Most Civil Cases Resolved Before Going To Trial?

December 9, 2022

Civil cases can be time-consuming, costly, and emotionally draining. Most civil cases are settled out of court because both parties realize that it is the most efficient way to resolve the dispute. Out-of-court settlements also avoid the risk of an unfavorable verdict from a jury or judge and reputational damage.

The high cost of litigation.

Litigation is an important part of our legal system, but it can be costly and time-consuming. If a case goes to trial, there can be many other expenses, such as expert witnesses and court fees. In addition, the process can be time consuming, so litigants may have to miss work or other important obligations. For all these reasons, the high cost of litigation is a significant concern.

The uncertainty of jury trials.

When it comes to the justice system, there is perhaps no area more uncertain than jury trials. In a jury trial, it is not up to a judge to determine guilt or innocence, but rather a group of everyday citizens. This can often lead to wide discrepancies in verdicts, as different juries may have different perspectives on the same case.

However, this does not mean that jury trials are always unfair – in fact, many defendants feel that they provide a more objective view of their case. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to go to trial by jury is a personal one that each defendant must make for themselves. An experienced attorney can provide you with guidance on whether taking a settlement offer is in your best interest.

The lengthy process of going to trial.

While many jury trials are only a few days, larger cases may take months or even years. Both sides will need to assemble their witnesses and evidence. In addition, pre-trial motions can take weeks or even months to resolve. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the lengthy process of going to trial. While some cases may be handled relatively quickly, this is not always the case. This may be a surprise for those unfamiliar with the legal system.

The potential for negative publicity.

No matter how well-run, any business or organization is susceptible to the potential for negative publicity. Negative stories can quickly gain traction and damage a company’s reputation, whether it’s an injured employee airing grievances to the media or an injured customer taking to social media to vent frustration. Therefore, in cases that involve a business, it may be in the company’s best interest to resolve a matter outside of court.

Consult An Experienced Lawyer

If you or your business is involved in a civil case, it is important to weigh all of the potential consequences of going to trial. Litigation can be costly and time-consuming, and there is no guarantee that you will win. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you evaluate your case and make an informed decision about whether taking a settlement offer is in your best interest. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Saladino & Schaaf at 270-444-0406 (Paducah, KY) or 270-753-1529 (Murray, KY) for a free legal consultation today.




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