No personal injury client wants their case to go to court, let alone end up in a trial. And 99% of the time, your case won’t.
Virtually all cases settle. But the reason cases settle, and the value obtained for the case, has a lot to do with how the insurance companies view the willingness of the injury victim’s lawyer to go to trial, and how much the insurance companies fear your lawyer’s abilities in trial.
And most of the lawyer’s ability to get justice for a personal injury client in trial comes from effectiveness at cross-examination. It has been famously said, that the greatest engine for the discovery of truth is cross-examination. It is cross-examination that wins trials.
The point is, your accident and injury lawyer’s ability to cross-examine effectively at trial matters – not because your case is going to go to trial, but because you don’t want your case to go to trial. Your lawyer’s recognized effectiveness in trial, particularly his or her ability to drive the engine for the discovery of truth known as cross-examination, will greatly increase the chances of a fair settlement without trial.
And that’s what the ordinary injury client wants.