Study Shows Settling Outside of Court May be Best Option for Personal Injury Plaintiffs

A 2008 study published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies suggests that it may, in fact, be in your best interest, as a Charlottesville personal injury victim, to settle your case out of court.  In fact, in 61.2 percent of all personal injury cases tried as a part of the study, the plaintiff lost money when compared to the defendant’s final settlement offer.  Worse off were medical malpractice plaintiffs with an error rate of 80.8 percent.

Interestingly enough, the study shows that the error in the decision to go to trial is more directly correlated with the type of civil case being heard as opposed to “actor” variables such as an attorney’s gender or years of experience.