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What is the Difference Between a North Carolina Personal Injury Settlement and Jury Verdict?

July 15, 2022

At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., our Charlotte personal injury attorneys work tirelessly to ensure our clients’ complete damages are considered before we resolve their claims.

Generally, most — between 90-95% — personal injury cases in the U.S. end in a settlement offer that fits the injured parties’ needs. When negotiations with the insurance company break down, and we believe our clients are entitled to more, our skilled North Carolina personal injury lawyers are prepared to take their cases to court.

Helping personal injury victims recover compensation either through a negotiated settlement or by winning a verdict in a court trial is all we do. Here is how each of the processes work.

What is a North Carolina Personal Injury Settlement?

Whether you have been injured in a car accident, motorcycle crash, or slip and fall incident in North Carolina, you may be entitled to pursue the negligent party for your complete damages. That may include, but is not limited to, recovering medical expenses, lost wages, and out-of-pocket costs that resulted from the accident through a negotiated settlement.

A negotiated settlement is a voluntary agreement between our Charlotte personal injury attorneys and the negligent/at-fault party’s insurance provider. This binding legal agreement is reached without involving the court system, a judge, or jury.

When a settlement is reached, our clients are made fully aware of the amount, and how the final figure will be impacted by our legal fees, so they know exactly what to expect before signing the agreement.

If we cannot reach a fair and just agreement on behalf of our clients, we will be trial ready.

What is a North Carolina Personal Injury Jury Verdict?

When our Charlotte personal injury lawyers take our client’s case to court, the goal is to convince the jury they deserve the damages we are pursuing.

To do so, we will present the jury with compelling evidence, medical records, witness testimony, and a strategically crafted legal argument that strengthens our claim. The insurance company will also present their case.

Once all the evidence is presented in a trial, the jury renders a verdict, which will state the amount of damages awarded, if any.

Should I Take a Personal Injury Settlement or Go to Trial?

Deciding whether you should take a personal injury settlement or pursue damages during a jury trial is unique to each client we represent. While our Charlotte personal injury lawyers typically begin each case by pursuing a negotiated settlement, we prepare each case as if it will go to trial, so we get results. How can we help build your case for success?

Contact Our Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys in Charlotte, North Carolina Today

At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, our leading personal injury lawyers in Charlotte provide free consultations by calling 704-377-3737 or contacting us online.

We provide unique legal services tailored to fit each client’s needs and do not get paid unless you do.

Because every case is different, the description of awards and cases previously handled by our law firm does not guarantee a similar outcome in current or future cases.