ANSWER: There are two ways a claim is resolved-by settlement or through trial. Some cases have a better chance of settling than others. If there is a realistic possibility of settlement we will usually try that option first as it is the most beneficial and the least risky for you. However, the threat of trial is what drives settlement. The knowledge that a law firm will try a case is what causes the responsible party or its insurance company to pay full and fair compensation for your injuries. Frankly, some cases are not economically feasible to try due to the cost of litigation. We try to limit our practice to only serious personal injury and wrongful death claims so that most cases can be tried if not settled. Your attorney’s job is to recommend the best course of action possible given the circumstances of your case–then pursue that course to a favorable conclusion through trial or settlement.