Why People Settle Out of Court
As more and more civil cases seem to be settled out of court, some people have begun to wonder whether trial attorneys are as integral a part of the legal system as they once were. While it may be true that some high profile cases are in fact brought to a settlement before they go to trial, trial attorneys are as relevant today as ever. Here is why.
1. They challenge unjust actions
Trial attorneys are a necessary force in the battle to maintain justice for all. The unfortunate reality is that there will always be certain people or entities who abuse their power or create unfair or otherwise harmful situations for others. Trial attorneys bring these abusive individuals to justice and seek compensation for individuals who have been negatively impacted by unfair practices.
2. They bring important issues to light
When a company or individual faces the possibility of a lawsuit, they often attempt to settle the matter out of court as a means of avoiding negative publicity or allowing the issue they are being sued for to become a public matter. There are some instances, however, that must be brought to public attention in order to effect real and lasting change.
3. They give power to the individual
The phrase “tort reform” has gained popularity over the last several years. Ostensibly, it seems to describe a shift away from frivolous lawsuits, but the fact is that a consumer’s right to suit when they have been wronged is a protection granted to them so that they may have some recourse even when facing a larger and more profitable entity, such as a corporation. Trial lawyers assist individuals in the event that they have been wronged and ensure that they are not bullied out of seeking justice.
4. They bring cases to higher courts when necessary
In some instances, a judge or jury may rule against a plaintiff even when the plaintiff has been legitimately wronged. This does not mean that an individual seeking justice will not find it. In many instances, cases are appealed and brought to higher and higher courts because a plaintiff has retained an attorney who will continue to help them fight for what is right.
5. They help set precedents as technology advances
The United States legal system was brilliantly constructed in a way that allows for laws and legal standards to advance along with changes in technology and other strides made my mankind. As technology continues to grow at an exponential pace, an entirely new batch of legal questions are being posed, and trial lawyers help pave the way for cases that will set new standards and rulings on what is just.
6. They help maintain the institution of a jury by one’s peers
One thing that helps make American law unique and effective is the institution of a jury trial. Jury trials help fight corruption and bureaucracy and maintain a sense of equity even in situations where one party in a trial has far greater financial means than the other. Without trial attorneys, jury trials would not be possible.
7. They give a voice to those who may not otherwise have one
The civil justice system is open to anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or financial status. When a person has been victimized or otherwise wronged, they may not be able to properly seek recourse on their own, particularly if they have been wronged by a person in power. Trial attorneys help empower those who have endured unfair treatment and may not have other means of bringing their story to light.