While the vast majority of injury claims can be resolved without the need for a jury trial, many cases cannot be resolved without at least some litigation. Oftentimes, clients confuse filing suit with going to trial. When a case cannot be negotiated and resolved, litigation becomes necessary and a lawsuit must be filed. Even in that situation, most claims can still be resolved after filing suit but before an actual jury trial. When we simply cannot agree on a fair settlement value, a jury trial is required where we present our client’s claim to a jury who then decides the value of our client’s injuries and other damages. Last week, both Attorney Andrew Jones and Attorney Chase Swanson encountered cases that were not able to be resolved outside the courtroom and fought for their clients at trial – where they obtained judgments to compensate their clients.
Attorney Andrew Jones represented one of our clients who had been injured in a car accident when an unknown driver pulled out in front of her while attempting to make a left turn. After our client stopped to avoid a collision with that car, she was rear-ended in a serious crash which left her injured and in need of medical care which lasted over a year. After attempts to resolve the claim outside of court failed, the case proceeded to trial in Paulding County and lasted a total of two days. After hearing solid and convincing testimony from our client and her doctors, the jury found in her favor and returned a favorable verdict.
Similarly, Attorney Chase Swanson also took a case to trial this week. After poor, limited offers from the insurer of a negligent driver, Attorney Swanson filed suit and presented his client’s case to a judge in a bench trial in Douglas County. The defense contested the case at every turn, including arguing that the defendant did not cause the wreck and that our client’s medical expenses should not be awarded. After hearing from Attorney Swanson and his client, the judge awarded compensation to our client which totaled nearly twice the insurance company’s offer.
At Jones & Swanson, it is our goal to resolve each case as quickly and effectively as possible. However, obtaining compensation in an amount that is beneficial to our clients is just as important – and we’ll do everything necessary to make that happen. Jury trials are an area of law that Jones & Swanson has extensive experience in. Should you find yourself in need of legal representation, don’t hesitate to contact our firm at (770) 427-5498.