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If I file a personal injury claim, will I have to go to court?

Not necessarily. You will only need to go to court if you are unable to reach a fair settlement with the other party. If they agree to pay what you and your personal injury attorney believe the case is worth, then you can settle without going to court. In fact, this is how most personal injury claims end. However, if you and the other party cannot come to agreement on fair compensation for your claim, the situation may require a formal trial proceeding.

Even if you believe that the case will be handled without a trial, hiring a personal injury lawyer is critical. Having a lawyer on your side ensures that the claim proceeds smoothly and that you do not settle for an offer that is not enough compensation for your injuries. In addition, your injury attorney can negotiate with the other party on your behalf, improving the likelihood of reaching a fair settlement without a trial.

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