When someone suffers an injury due to the negligence of another individual in Cumberland County, the injured individual may sue the responsible party for compensation.
These types of lawsuit are personal injury claims and most of the time, they are settled out of court between the Cumberland County attorneys representing all parties involved. However, some cases do go to trial. In those cases, the injured party must determine whether that is a step they want to take. When determining settlement vs. going to trial in a Cumberland County injury case, a skilled attorney can be an essential help.
In many cases, especially those in which it is clear another party was negligent, the defendant and their attorney will draw up a settlement offer. The settlement will include the financial compensation the negligent party is willing to pay but in many cases it is less than the amount asked for by the plaintiff.
There are many benefits to settling out of court. The first is that trials are unpredictable in nature. With a judge and a jury, it is impossible to predict what will happen or how much compensation, if any, the injured party may recover. When there is a proposed settlement, however, the plaintiff will know just how much they will receive and all they must do is accept the offer.
Settling, unlike trials, can greatly shorten the amount of time the injured party must deal with their case. As soon as they accept a settlement, the case is effectively over. But litigation can take years, and a trial date will typically not even be set in Cumberland County until approximately a year after they file the initial claim. This can make it more difficult to preserve evidence, while adding to the stress of the injured party.
Settlements are also final. If an injured party realizes their injuries are more serious than they previously believed after they accepted a settlement, they cannot ask the negligent party for more compensation.
Most personal injury cases do settle out of court, but that does not mean it is the right option for everyone. While settling will resolve the case quickly and provide the compensation the injured individual may need immediately, there are times when a trial may be worthwhile.
There may be a great deal to contemplate when considering a settlement, but there may be even more to reflect upon when deciding whether to bring a personal injury claim to court.
The injured party must understand the liability issues surrounding their case and consider their chances of success in proving the other party was negligent. It is also important to understand the type of damages being asked for and whether they will be able to prove those in court. While economic damages such as lost wages and medical expenses can be easier to prove at times, non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, are not as easy.
It is also important for those who suffered injuries to understand that appeals are always a possibility when a case has gone to trial. If the defendant is not satisfied with the outcome, they can always appeal the decision which will further delay the case and any damages awarded.
There are many issues that can arise with both settlements and the decision to go to trial. There is no one right answer for all individuals. This can be a confusing time and when there is a settlement being offered, it can be a difficult decision to make.
A Cumberland County lawyer can help those with personal injury claims understand all the factors involved when considering settlement vs. trial in a Cumberland County injury case, so that injured individuals can make the choice that is right for them.
This team is incredible. They are friendly and knowledgeable. I appreciate everything they have done for me and would recommend them to anyone. Overall great experience
My case settled recently after lasting 4 years. Grungo and Colarulo’s law firm were able to secure a large settlement award for my slip and fall accident. This money will help secure my future for the permanent injury I received as a result of the slip and fall. Everyone was very caring, and kept me informed throughout the entire process. Christine Lafferty is an excellent litigation lawyer. I highly recommend using them if you have been injured or in an accident. I hope I am never in a situation again to need their services, but I know who to go to if I, or any of my family members are ever injured. Thanks Grungo and Colarulo and staff for your compassionate service!
Thank you so much Grungo and Colarulo for helping me with my case. Special thanks to Erica Domingo, Esquire and her team. Erica Domingo and her team was very nice and helped me tremendously throughout my case like more than one year and half. They gave me the right advice and guided me through every step of my case. They gave me prompt and clear responses to all my questions. In addition, Erica and her team provided me with all the what if scenarios so that I can have a clear vison of the steps ahead.
I would definitely recommend Grungo and Colarulo.
Thanks again Erica Domingo, Esquire and her team
My wife and I reached out to Grungo Colarulo in 2020 for advise on a legal matter. After a meeting with the Attorney and Paralegal, we decided to go forward with a case. This case required a lot of documentation, and expert review of the documentation which was aquired. Throughout the process, we were kept up to date monthly, and Grungo Colarulo was always responsive to any questions that we had. The entire staff at Grungo Colarulo are very professional, caring, and willing to go the extra mile. This firm is a definite recommend!
I left five (5) stars only because that’s as many as I could leave. If I could, I would have left 100 stars. Bob & Christine are the absolute best! My settlement far exceeded what I ever imagined. They are professional, friendly, and really listened to what I had to say. They kept me up to date with the progress of my case every step of the way. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Very professional, communicates well, makes me feel like they have my best interest at heart, and overall just a great company. Christine and the whole team has been on top of everything. Would definitely recommend!! 10/10
First and foremost I would like to thank the whole team at Grungo Colarulo!! In addition to that, Stephanie & Riley & Drenna have done such an outstanding job taking care of me in such a difficult and low point of my life. I was in a bad car accident & did not know how to move forward with what to do and how to process. Those ladies were there every step, every inch, every mile & beyond with helping me when I had no idea how to navigate. I will forever be thankful for them and for the outcome of my case! If you ever need assistance I highly recommend this practice!!! Beyond professional, helpful, precise, caring, knowledgeable & humble!!!
From my first phone call to the end of my case this firm was on the ball!! Always responsive and professional and kept me up to date and informed. This is my firm for any future needs!
This was my first time ever having to have a lawyer for an automobile accident. From the beginning they took care of everything. They put me at ease so I could concentrate on my medical needs. Everyone I spoke to during the process were always extremely pleasant and knowledgeable.
Thank you to Grungo Colarulo for representing me and getting the settlement you did to help me move forward. I would highly recommend Grungo Colarulo to anyone who wants outstanding legal representation.
This team has been nothing but gentle an generous. Being as this was my first time dealing with a worker’s compensation case I was lost and nervous. But the Grungo Colarulo team has made me feel as comfortable as possible. My needs were addressed with care in a timely fashion. I knew what was going on every step of the way.
Oh, did I mention, WE WON …
This teams knowledge of the industry is TOP NOTCH!
A dear family friend referred us to a young attorney named Rich Grungo, Jr. We wanted answers and if necessary, justice for our father. From day one of a five-year journey, Mr. Rich Grungo, Jr. made our family and our pain his own. The man never stopped working for us. He kept us informed every step of the way. Questions were answered quickly and with great compassion and expertise. Even though Rich was always busy, he was never too busy for us. We always felt like we were his only clients
I had the opportunity to observe Mr. Grungo work in this case, both in the courtroom on the technical matters of the motions and also as his presentation to the jury in opening and presenting witnesses as well as utilizing animations… and drawings and films that were necessary for a proper understanding of the case…At all times during the presentation, Mr. Grungo operated mostly without notes and questioned the witnesses in a conversational manner which made it most effective. **
Thank you for everything. I honestly felt like you treated my son like he was your own son, for that I am grateful. I would recommend your services to anyone. Thanks for being so awesome to both of us.
It was a pleasure working with Bill. He constantly kept me informed. I would recommend Bill and his firm to anybody I know. They’ll be in good hands.
I had the opportunity to retain Mr. Colarulo for a vehicle accident I encountered. I give him my highest recommendation for anyone in need of an excellent Personal Injury Attorney. Not only does he have an in depth knowledge of the legal field, but he emanates a sense of trust-worthiness that makes you feel secure during the entire process. Mr. Colarulo has the knowledge, drive and enthusiasm that will get the job done for you. He comes highly recommended.
Hi Rich, Well I’m on my way up to college to finish packing my son’s stuff up and to go to his Graduation tomorrow. It’s hard to believe how fast and how slow, at the same time 5 years can go by. I was just thinking of you as I am getting ready to leave and wanted to thank you once again for everything you have done for my son’s future. You are a good and just man. God Bless to you and your family.
Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.