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Please read on, then contact an experienced New York City personal injury attorney to learn what the differences are between a verdict and a settlement in the Empire State.

How does a verdict differ from a settlement in New York?

A verdict is a judgment or decision in a court proceeding. A judge or jury issues a verdict after a trial. A settlement is a voluntary and binding resolution or agreement between two parties, without input from the court. Both have results that are legally binding and both will likely require the involvement of highly competent attorneys. Indeed, many times a verdict comes about after a failure to reach a settlement in one of the pre-trial stages, but this is not always the case. Verdicts tend to be made public, while those drafting settlements have the option to maintain a level of privacy and/or secrecy. Of course, each will depend on the circumstances of your unique case.

Is a verdict better than a settlement in New York?

Again, that will depend on the specific conditions in your personal injury case. Nonetheless, a strong personal injury claim has the potential to secure more compensation in a trial as compared to a settlement. While an insurance company will probably negotiate hard to minimize the amount they shell out, a jury could be more sympathetic to your pain and suffering in their verdict and grant you your rightful claim. On the other hand, an out-of-court settlement can usually help you recover damages faster, instead of waiting for months or years if you go before the court. This way, you can avoid having additional expenses due up to the final day in court.

Both legal options have their advantages and disadvantages, so we would strongly advise you to reach out to a compassionate, but hard-charging attorney like Bryan J. Swerling before making any major decisions.

How can Bryan J. Swerling help you?

Since 2005, Bryan J. Swerling has procured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients from some of the biggest corporations in the world. Because he genuinely cares about his clients and their well-being, he will aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve, either in the courtroom or outside of it. He will always be upfront and honest, by providing honest assessments of your case and tailoring his strategy accordingly. If nothing else, he will help you determine if your case is strong enough to bring to trial or if you should settle. This can be an intimidating process, so please do not hesitate to give us a call today.

Contact Our New York City Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.

$3,250,000

Settlement to a barista who slipped and fell on a defective stairwell while working for Starbucks who sustained back injuries requiring multiple surgeries in 2012.

$3,000,000

Settlement to a woman who was assaulted and sustained back/hip injuries in 2015.

$1,415,000

Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.

$995,000

Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.

$850,000

Settlement to a woman who slipped and fell down a wet stairwell in a New York City Housing Authority building requiring a back surgery in 2018.

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