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One of the many problems with self-representation in an accident case is settling for less money than is equitable or losing the case altogether.  Often these pitfalls happen because a case was not strong enough to hold up in court. 


Never underestimate the importance of hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle your court case. But before you do that, there is another step you should take. A helpful service for both attorneys and victims alike is a case evaluation.


So what is a case evaluation? Essentially, it’s getting a fresh set of eyes on your case from a non-partisan expert. You and your personal injury lawyer submit a summary of your case, and the evaluator lets you know the pros and cons of your submission. The process is the same for the opposing party. Then, the evaluator will let you know their prediction on the verdict if you were to take the case to court.


It is important to note that the case evaluation process is non-binding, meaning the evaluator’s opinion holds no merit on the official verdict. However, this process usually brings parties closer to reaching an agreement outside of court, known as a settlement.


After the Hearing

Following the hearing and settlement suggestion, both the plaintiff and the defendant have 28 days to consider the settlement. If both the plaintiff and the defendant agree to the terms, the case evaluation award is automatic. If an agreement is not reached on both sides, the trial moves forward with another settlement consultation with the judge.

 

The court system encourages impacted parties to try to settle. In most states, there is a potential penalty if one party were to reject the evaluator’s appraisement of the case. If this rejection happens, and that party were to lose the verdict, they will typically have to pay the opposing party’s court costs.

 

There are several reasons to go through the case evaluation process. In a lot of cases, settlement before trial benefits both parties. The associated attorney and court costs are much less the earlier you settle. Of course, if you and your personal injury lawyer maintain that you have a strong case and are determined to win in court, you may stand to win more. Just know that a loss could cost you a lot in attorney’s fees and lead to potential complications down the line.

 

The evaluation process has evolved in recent years. Many victims and attorneys turn to evaluators while developing their cases to get a sense of where they stand before heading to trial. The evaluator, in this scenario, would not be allowed to be used again as the case progressed further.

The court system encourages impacted parties to try to settle. In most states, there is a potential penalty if one party were to reject the evaluator’s appraisement of the case. If this rejection happens, and that party were to lose the verdict, they will typically have to pay the opposing party’s court costs.

 

There are several reasons to go through the case evaluation process. In a lot of cases, settlement before trial benefits both parties. The associated attorney and court costs are much less the earlier you settle. Of course, if you and your personal injury lawyer maintain that you have a strong case and are determined to win in court, you may stand to win more. Just know that a loss could cost you a lot in attorney’s fees and lead to potential complications down the line.

 

The evaluation process has evolved in recent years. Many victims and attorneys turn to evaluators while developing their cases to get a sense of where they stand before heading to trial. The evaluator, in this scenario, would not be allowed to be used again as the case progressed further.


Get Your Case Evaluation Now

Now that you know about the importance of a case evaluation, let Erjavec Injury Law help you with yours. Please fill out our short form with details of your case, and a neutral attorney will take a look and give their opinion.


Alternatively, you can always call us for a free consultation at 941-907-1133.