To Settle or Not to Settle: A Case DilemmaWritten by Paul Hood
A dilemma besetting many cases is question whether to settle or not. A practical assessment of your position with aid of a trusted lawyer will provide answer.
It is never easy to make a decision like settling a case. Many factors come into play but a thing to be remembered is that choosing to settle is based on calculated risks and chances of winning litigation.
If you find yourself in a trial, you or your opponent may choose to offer other party to settle case before it reaches court. This discussion of case is “without prejudice” meaning that you are not bound by any agreement whatsoever if you change your mind prior to receiving money or before court is informed of your agreement.
Choosing to settle a case may well be beneficial to you as it can save you a great deal of money and time. Not including fact that opting to pursue case may prove to be your own undoing. There is risk of a prolonged trial or even loss and cost it will entail may not be best for you. Indeed it may sound unfair but strains on your personal relationships as well as on your business can be avoided if you choose to settle.
Securing evidence in winning defective product casesWritten by Maui Reyes
Oftentimes when people get into accidents that involve defective products (such as car accidents), they get into shock and delay filing a case. While it is understandable that certain personal injuries can cause you to not file a case right away, you must remember that company whom you plan to sue is already one, if not two, steps ahead of you.
To start, call an experienced products liability lawyer for advice and to schedule an immediate appointment—he should help you in securing all evidence needed for trial. The preservation of evidence is crucial, since this will greatly help—if not determine—the success of your case.
If product was not yours, offer to purchase wrecked or malfunctioning article. It may not seem to be of use now, but obtaining evidence means you can keep an eye on it. If buying a product that has long served its purpose does not appeal to you, think of success it will bring to your case.
Next, make sure you keep article in a safe place where it cannot be altered, or worse, stolen. Many truck companies whose vehicles get into an accident send their trucks for repairs ASAP, which quickly covers up any dents or bumps. There have also been cases where evidence kept in a garage being stolen. Make sure you keep evidence in a safe place.