What are the risks of taking a car accident claim to trial in Florida?

Posted By on December 16, 2015

In this video, Alan Sackrin answers a question that he has been asked many times before by clients and visitors to this site. If you have questions after watching the video, Alan is available to talk with you now and answer your questions free of charge:

Q: What are the risks of taking a car accident claim to trial in Florida?

A: There are several risks in taking a car accident case all the way through trial in Florida. The first is that you might not be awarded an amount equal or exceeding what you were offered pre-suit in a settlement. But more importantly for example, is if you go all the way to court and the jury does not find in your favor and you’re awarded 0, you will be responsible for the insurance company’s cost and very well possibly, attorney’s fees. There’s certain laws pertaining to whether or not you will be responsible for the attorney’s fees. You will always be responsible for the court cost which is the cost for bringing witnesses, deposition transcripts. When you sign a personal injury retainer in Florida, one of the provisions in your Statement of Clients Rights is that your lawyer must tell you about the negative consequences in the event you lose your case. Many people don’t care if they’re assessed cost or attorney fees because they say they don’t have money. But other people who have money, may very well decide to settle their case because of the fact that there’s a possibility that they could end up owing the insurance company money at the end of the case.

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