Part of your job when you become a lawyer is going to court. That’s why some people become lawyers—they want to litigate cases and fight for justice. Though it’s easy to imagine yourself battling the big fight on behalf of your clients, it’s just not feasible for you to take every client’s case to court.
You will need to give your clients advice on when they should go to court. For example, if you have a car accident victim for a client, you will need to know when to take their case to court. Harrison County Bar Association spoke to a successful car accident lawyer at Halperin Law Center who said the majority of car accident cases don’t go to court.
So, when is it going to be appropriate for you to take a car accident victim’s case to court?
Going to Court for a Car Accident Case
There are a few reasons you might decide to take a car accident victim’s case to court:
- Suppose that the insurance company is denying the claim entirely. They are saying your client is at fault for the accident. You know your client was not at fault, and you have solid evidence to back it up. Do you take the insurer to court? Yes, this would likely be a good time to take a car accident case to court.
- Does your client insist on going? You’ve advised your client it’s not necessary, but they really feel like they want the person who caused their accident to sweat a little. You probably shouldn’t dump your client just because they want to get justice in court. Go for it!
- Suppose the insurance company wants to settle, but their settlement offer is way lower than what your client deserves. You don’t have to settle. You can go to court where you’ll likely get fair compensation for your client.
- A final reason you might want to go to court is to bring awareness to a dangerous situation or get car accident laws changed. Court cases can lead to legislation. It happens all the time.
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