You can Settle or Pursue a Trial to Obtain Damages in California – We Can Help
Going to trial means proving in court that the individual or company actually injured you. For instance, in a negligence case, you have to prove: That the defendant had a legal duty to you. This is the responsibility to protect you from harm by not causing an accident. You must prove that the defendant breached that legal duty, that the defendant caused your injuries and that you deserve damages to compensate you for your injuries.
A settlement avoids going to trial and having a jury or judge decide if you have successfully proven your case. You and the at-fault party agree to an amount of money that he or she will pay you. That payment may be a lump sum or a series of payments. In exchange for the money, you agree to give up all rights to go to trial. When deciding to settle your claim, you must be sure to get a fair settlement that covers all your past, present, and future damages. You cannot sue later on for any unpaid damages.
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