Many personal injury cases are settled without a court hearing. This can occur when the defendant in the case approaches the plaintiff about settling the case out of court. Out-of-court settlements are agreements between the two parties involved in a case without court mediation.
Though they occur outside of a courtroom, these settlements still require the guidance and negotiation of experienced lawyers. If you or someone you love suffered an injury because of someone’s negligence, contact the Des Moines personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 225-2600.
The Settlement Process
The defendant in a personal injury lawsuit may face his or her accuser and offer to settle the case out of court for a variety of reasons. It may be impossible for him or her to prove innocence, or he or she may simply want to avoid a costly trial. Should the plaintiff accept this offer, the two parties’ attorneys will negotiate terms of the settlement.
If both parties accept the terms of the settlement, they will usually sign a contract that legally binds both parties to those terms. If the parties cannot reach an agreement before the case’s court date, then the case will usually have to go to trial.
Throughout a personal injury lawsuit process, it is advised that both parties have legal representation, as settlements usually require legal expertise.
Whether your case goes to court or is settled before that, the Des Moines personal injury attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are committed to helping individuals who have suffered because of negligence. Contact us today at (515) 225-2600 to learn more about filing a lawsuit.