One of the most underrated components of a civil case is Case Evaluation. After the initial exchange of pleadings and discovery, each party has an opportunity to present their case to a panel of experts from the legal community who will then assign a monetary value to the Plaintiff’s claims. If the Defendant agrees to pay the amount and the Plaintiff accepts, the case is settled and disposed of. If either the Defendant is unwilling to pay the amount, or Plaintiff does not accept the amount, the case will proceed. However, it proceeds with the caveat that if it goes to trial the party that does not prevail (meaning if the Defendant has to pay more damages, or if the Plaintiff is awarded less in damages) faces stiff financial penalties. Case evaluation exists to promote the public policy of settling claims outside of Court so as not to waste the Court’s time and resources. Experienced attorneys can, through filing of case evaluation summaries and other advocacy, secure a favorable case evaluation award. This will increase your chance of a good settlement award while keeping attorney’s fees relatively low. The experienced attorneys of Garmo & Kiste, PLC are familiar with case evaluation panels and strategy, let us go to work for you! To retain Garmo & Kiste, PLC call us at (248) 398-7100 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message.