Some of the greatest television shows in history are legal dramas in which the main characters are in court trying cases every week. One of those legal dramas, Perry Mason, inspired a whole generation of lawyers who wanted to get into court to defend the innocent.
Reality is Quite Different Than Television
When that generation of lawyers became officers of the court, they learned the truth that most of the work of an attorney is nowhere near a courtroom. In all honesty, when we sit down with our client for our initial consultation, there is no way to know if their case is going to end up with a jury trial in court. A lot of things must happen before we get to that stage. In fact, most personal injury cases settle before trial and do not see a courtroom.
Marc Albert Prepares to Bring a Case To Trial From the Beginning
Irrespective of this reality, when Marc Albert takes on a case, he is preparing his client’s case as though it was going to ultimately go to trial from the first day. This goes to Marc’s core philosophy of handling a case. If you start your discussions and negotiations with the insurance companies and the opposing attorneys with the thought of a settlement, you have already lost leverage.
Many lawyers look to avoid a courtroom. For Marc Albert, litigation is where the rubber meets the road. As a true trial attorney, he is incredibly comfortable in a courtroom in front of a judge and a jury.
A Personal Injury Case is a Long and Drawn Out Process
The process of working through a personal injury case involves getting to the truth of what caused your accident and injury. At the heart of the matter is proving that the negligence of others caused your injury. Proving negligence can be a long process that includes interviewing people who were involved and others who witnessed the events. We also bring in experts who can piece together aspects of the case that might not otherwise come to light through direct testimony, including medical experts to testify about the extent of the injuries suffered.
Often, when the facts are revealed, there can be little dispute about either who is at fault or the nature of the injuries. When the opposing attorneys realize what has become evident, they start to discuss what they think a fair settlement would be.
The Possibility of Going to Court Give Us Leverage Once the Facts of the Case are Established
When we prepare a case for trial, we are – for all intents and purposes – telling the opposing attorneys that we are not willing to compromise. We are not willing to meet you halfway. Cases can end up going to trial for any number of reasons, from each side disagreeing about the basic facts of the case to not being able to agree on the monetary value of the case.
Marc Albert has a 25-Year Successful Track Record of Jury Verdicts
Over his 25-year career, Marc Albert has a successful track record of jury verdicts and is not afraid to keep the possibility of a trial on the table at all times. The threat of a trial will signal to the other side that we will only entertain serious offers. If the defendants do not meet the level of what we and our client believe the case and the injuries are worth, then it comes down to the line that has been used in legal dramas from the very beginning: “we’ll see you in court.”
At the end of the day, over 90% of personal injury and medical malpractice cases do not end up going to trial. However, there is no question that preparing each case as if it were going to go to trial and letting the opposing side know that the threat of trial is a real one helps greatly to maximize the settlement offers that will ultimately come.