What is the Difference Between a Verdict and Settlement in Washington, D.C.?

Please read on, then contact one of our experienced Washington, D.C. injury attorneys to learn what the differences are between a verdict and a settlement in our nation’s capital.

How does a verdict differ from a settlement in Washington, D.C.?

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 Washington, D.C.?

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 meet our Washington, D.C. injury lawyers before making any major decisions.

How can Trombly & Singer help you?

In the years they have been practicing law, the lawyers at Trombly & Singer have procured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Because we genuinely care about our clients and their well-being, we will aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve, either in the courtroom or outside of it. We will always be upfront and honest, by providing honest assessments of your case and tailoring our strategy accordingly. If nothing else, we 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.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.

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