Personal Injury FAQ

Why Hire a Lawyer Who Tries Cases?

Experience Makes a Difference

Many personal injury law firms claim that they secure excellent results for their clients; however, not that many can actually produce a record of successful jury verdicts. This fact should not be surprising since about 95% of cases end in out-of-court settlements.

So does it matter if your lawyer regularly tries in court to a judge and jury?
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we believe that it does.

Here are the top reasons why it is essential to hire an attorney who tries cases:

  • Hiring an experienced trial lawyer gives you options.
    If you hire a lawyer who rarely goes to trial, the chances are that they will accept a low settlement offer instead of going to trial. If you have an attorney prepared to go to trial, a jury trial is always an option if you do not like the settlement offer being presented.
  • Your attorney's trial experience can be a bargaining tool.
    Defendants often don't want to go to trial. It is expensive, time-consuming, and embarrassing for them. A defendant will almost always be more likely to reach a fair settlement with you if the company knows that your lawyer can take the case to trial and win.
  • An attorney with trial experience has the confidence to deal with any situation.
    Sometimes, a company will not negotiate with you even when the facts are on your side. Often, companies make a strategic decision to offer nothing regardless of the circumstances. In that situation, trial is your only option. If your lawyer has won significant trials, then he or she will be ready to march into the courtroom with you at his side.
  • An experienced trial attorney can help bring you closure.
    Whenever two parties agree to settle a case, concessions must be made by both sides. A frequent caveat of settlement agreements, particularly in cases where wrongful deaths have occurred, is confidentiality. For bereaved family members who want to prevent other individuals from suffering the same types of loss, a large cash settlement will not offer closure. Only the public admission of guilt by a defendant can do that, and only a trial can secure that type of public acknowledgment.

If you or someone you know is considering hiring an attorney, one of the first questions to ask is what that lawyer's trial record looks like in the last 5-10 years. If a lawyer cannot produce a list of successful jury verdicts for you to examine, it is probably a good idea to look elsewhere for representation. Only an attorney with extensive courtroom experience can give you the highest quality of representation.

Contact a trial attorney from Arnold & Itkin today for your free and confidential consultation.

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