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Should I try to reach a settlement agreement or go to trial?

February 2, 2017

The decision to either settle or go to trial varies per case. The parties involved have a strong incentive to settle in order to avoid extensive legal fees and an exhausting trial.

To reach a settlement agreement is the quickest way to resolve a legal dispute. The sooner both parties agree to settle, they can spare themselves the time, effort, and money spent proving and/or defending their cases in a court room.

Most of the time, parties will settle civil disputes outside of court before it reaches trial. If the defendant meets the financial proposal from the plaintiff, then the conflict can likely be resolved there. 

A case goes to trial when a dispute fails to resolve and both parties desire to continue pursuing the case. Taking a case to trial is taxing, expensive, and time consuming. A typical trial can last two or three months while others can take years to resolve.

The safest way to gauge whether a trial is right for you is to discuss the matter with your attorney. If you live in the Indianapolis area and looking for a better way to settle your personal injury claim, talk to the attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham. Call 317.920.6400 today for a free, no-obligation consultation, or fill out our contact form

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