While many slip and fall cases are resolved with a negotiated settlement agreement, some will conclude with a trial. However, many people believe that settling is the better option. Both parties control what remains private or public, including the settlement amount. In addition, settlements are significantly faster—resolving in three to six months. They are also more efficient, less costly, and less stressful than a jury trial.
If you are considering legal action after a fall on someone else’s property a slip and fall lawyer from The Salamati Law Firm can fight for your right to fair compensation. We are a full-service accident and injury firm that takes cases on a contingency basis. We have been successful because we believe that clients must be empowered with information every step of the way to make well-informed decisions about their financial recovery. Reach out today for a free consultation.
Why do slip and fall cases settle?
Slip and fall cases usually settle before they reach the trial stage. Sometimes, there is little dispute over who is at fault. A settlement is most likely when the property owner acknowledges that they failed to address a dangerous hazard that led to a fall. But, of course, this still takes time, even when the defendant admits fault. For example, it is not uncommon for both sides to disagree on the value of the case.
However, it is usually your best option because you avoid the stress that often accompanies going to court. In addition, trial verdicts can be unpredictable, and you could walk away with nothing if the jury rules against you.
Why do slip and fall cases go to trial?
Despite your best efforts, a case can go to trial. Even if you prefer a settlement, it takes an agreement on both sides to avoid litigation. A trial is often necessary when the at-fault party refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer or accept liability. In these situations, a trial is the only option. However, there can be an upside. If the other side refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer, you might be able to get the full value of your case through a trial verdict. The downside is that you could also get less. The uncertainty of a trial is what pushes many people to settle.
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At The Salamati Law Firm, we are proud to offer personal injury representation to residents of Southern California on a contingency fee basis. That means we only get paid if we secure compensation on your behalf. Contact our firm today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with slip and fall lawyers committed to your success.