Voluntary and Involuntary Termination of Litigation
When you have suffered an injury because of the carelessness or negligence of another person, you have a right to file a lawsuit seeking full and fair compensation for all your losses. Though your lawyer may take all the necessary steps to be fully prepared, should your case go to trial, the reality is that most personal injury claims don’t make it that far. There are a number of ways that your personal injury claim can be resolved or terminated without taking your case to a judge and jury.
Your Claim May Be Settled
Any party to a personal injury lawsuit can seek to settle the claim outside of court. In fact, the first time you meet with a judge, you can expect pressure to find a way to settle your dispute—that’s because most court dockets are full. If your case goes to trial, you may not get a court date for months or years. Of course, that means you won’t see any compensation, either. If liability is clear, the defendant may initiate settlement discussions. However, if you have some potential weaknesses in your case, you may encourage your attorney to negotiate a settlement.
Your Claim May Be Granted without Trial
Though it rarely happens, a court may grant what is known as “summary judgment” in your favor. If, after all the completion of discovery (the gathering of all evidence), the defendant has produced little or no evidence to support any defense, the court may rule in your favor. Your attorney must, however, file a motion for summary judgment to get that result.
Alternatively, if the court determines that you have not provided sufficient evidence to support your claims, the court may grant a motion to dismiss by the defendant.
Contact the Cintron Firm
At the Cintron Firm, LLC, we offer more than 14 years of experience to people in New Jersey facing a broad array of legal challenges. Attorney Mark Cintron has worked as a prosecutor and has extensive courtroom experience, so he’s always ready, willing and able to protect your interests before a judge or jury.Contact our office online or call us at 201-791-1333 or (201) 535-0323 to set up an appointment.