When you’ve been injured in an accident or by medical malpractice the last thing you want to think about is having to go to court in front of a jury and tell your story. The good news is most cases don’t get that far and settle before trial. Data from past decades shows a downward trend in civil jury trials. By comparison, there is a growth in alternative methods to resolve injury cases such as through mediations and arbitrations. But when the mediation or arbitration fails to resolve a case, the final step to get justice is trial by jury. Here is where the not so good news comes in play. Many civil trial lawyers lack extensive jury trial experience. This is particularly so with young lawyers.
Why should a Personal Injury Lawyer be Ready for Trial?
In a survey performed among Texas litigators, staggering percentages of young lawyers reported having never tried a case by jury. 30% of respondents with 10 years of litigation experience had never tried a case, and only 36% had experience with two or more trials. Having a personal injury lawyer with extensive jury trial experience is beneficial in two ways. First, many believe that the injured party gets a higher settlement amount in mediation and arbitration if their attorney has a reputation for jury trial verdicts. Second, if the case does not settle in mediation or arbitration the next step is a jury trial and it is important to have an attorney with experience in trying a case before a jury.
Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
So even if you don’t want to go to trial in your personal injury case, you will want to consider hiring a jury trial lawyer to maximize your recovery for your damages including your pain and suffering. The odds are you will not have to go to trial but if you do your interests will be better served with a lawyer with proven jury trial results. If you are looking for a lawyer to help you with your personal injury case, do your research and contact Scartelli Olszewski PC. We will be happy to meet with you and share our jury trial results.