In my effort to be the best car accident attorney in Albuquerque, I provide accident victims and loved ones with reliable counsel that can be used to make an informed decision. However, it is important to realize that the ultimate decision is yours to make. Deciding whether to accept a fair settlement offer or going to trial is a personal choice, but be aware that going to trial comes with increased risk.
I will let you know what I think is best for your case, and in some situations, taking your case to trial will make the most sense based on my legal experience. Going to trial, however, typically only makes the most sense when you have not been offered fair compensation by the insurance company or claims adjuster during settlement negotiations.
As a former insurance attorney and personal injury lawyer with nearly two decades of experience representing Albuquerque accident victims, I am confident I can help you obtain a fair settlement offer that avoids the need for a trial. In the unlikely event that the insurance company does not treat you fairly, then I will recommend that we pursue the compensation you deserve at trial.
If this is the path you choose to take, know I will be with you each step of the way. To this end, here are a few key points to keep in mind if your Albuquerque injury case is taken to trial.
Personal Injury Trials Can Be Emotionally Draining on Victims and Loved Ones
One of the reasons a fair settlement offer is often ideal for New Mexico families is that the path to receiving compensation is a shorter one. Trials, by contrast, can be lengthy and emotionally exhausting for families in need of justice and financial security.
Also, some personal injury lawyers end up taking far more out of victim’s pockets because of the added length of a trial. While I cannot magically make the case end quickly, I can give you peace of mind that I charge a standard 1/3 attorney fee, regardless of whether your case is settled or is decided at trial. This simply means that your fees will not escalate simply because your case required a trial to get you the compensation that is rightly owed to you.
No less important, I also emphasize providing caring, compassionate legal representation that aims to take stress off your family during a difficult season.
The Basic Aspects of New Mexico Personal Injury Trials
During a trial, there will be both a judge and a jury. The judge is tasked with ensuring that the trial moves at a steady pace, all while instructing the jury on the law and weighing in on evidentiary issues concerning witness testimony and similarly pertinent details.
The jury, for its part, is tasked with reaching an unbiased verdict based on the law and evidence presented. A key aspect of the trial involves the jury selection process. Rest assured I will move to get rid of any jurors with perceived or potential biases that could wrongly jeopardize your claim and right to compensation. While there is no such thing as a “perfect jury”, I will work to make sure that the jurors at trial are truly capable of considering the evidence presented to reach an unbiased verdict.
As you may have seen on television, attorneys also make opening and closing statements at the beginning and ending of trials, respectively. What is of more concern to you, as a plaintiff, is that you will likely be called to the stand to tell the jury your story. Similarly, you can then be cross-examined by the opposing attorney. I thoroughly prepare my clients for each of these key scenarios, giving you the confidence and preparation needed to succeed on the stand.
Reach Out to Me and Discuss Your Albuquerque Injury Claim
As you can see, the process of a trial requires more time, patience and dedication from accident victims as well as their lawyers. Albuquerque accident victims can count on me and my years of experience reaching favorable settlements and verdicts at trial.
If you have any questions about your Albuquerque accident case and legal claim, contact me today to discuss the case via a free, no-obligation consultation.