Posted on January 28, 2011 in Personal Injury
Many people believe hiring Oakland personal injury lawyers to represent them will result in their accident case going to court and taking forever to litigate. But most Oakland personal injury settlements are not the result of litigation by lawyers in front of a jury but with attorneys negotiating between parties to reach an agreed upon settlement. The time it takes to obtain disposition on a such case is usually under a year.
What cases actually go to a jury?
Believe it or not, only 3 percent of motor vehicle cases actually get heard by a jury and only 9 percent of all other personal injury cases go to jury in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. In 2008, there were 626 cases in the state that went to jury and only 53 of those were in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. With the majority of cases being settled out of court or before the case reaches the jury it is important that your Oakland personal injury attorney has extensive experience in negotiating settlements, as well as litigating.
How long does it take to settle an Oakland injury case?
Many people have the misperception that hiring an attorney to represent them drags out the claim settlement process. Hiring an attorney does not always mean your case will go to court. Many times an attorney settles your claim with the insurance company without filing suit. Of the cases filed in California, 70 percent of them reach disposition within twelve months, 86 percent within eighteen months and 93 percent within twenty-four months. Therefore, you may want to consider spending the time to take your case to court if there is potential for a larger settlement amount.
What types of accidents result in lawsuits?
In California, over half of all trials are cases involving injuries from motor vehicles. Following motor vehicle cases are slip and fall or premises liability cases. According to the California Department of Transportation, statewide in 2008 there were 49,000 personal injury case filings in the courts and of those 28,000 were motor vehicle related cases. In Alameda and Contra Costa counties there were 1,775 motor vehicle cases and 1,326 other personal injury cases filed.
Perhaps motor vehicle cases are the most predominant cases in California due to the state’s insurance requirements. Attorneys and clients have a better chance of recovering damages for an Oakland injury from an insurance company versus an individual.
Contact us for help
If you are suffering from personal injuries in Oakland, contact the Law Offices of Stephen M. Fuerch for free consultation.
Many people believe hiring Oakland personal injury lawyers to represent them will result in their accident case going to court and taking forever to litigate. But most Oakland personal injury settlements are not the result of litigation by lawyers in front of a jury but with attorneys negotiating between parties to reach an agreed upon settlement.