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Does Your Case Have to Go to Trial?

So, you’ve been in an accident and can’t decide whether or not you should file a lawsuit. At the law offices of Teal & Montgomery, we’re here to explain how you can avoid a messy trial simply by considering an alternative resolution for disputing your accident injury. While a trial can be exhausting, extremely expensive and interfere with your day to day life.


A dispute can often be settled after a lawsuit is filed, in cases where there is an intention to follow the traditional court process. Before the trial even begins, a settlement can occur. It can also occur during the trial. Reasons for a settlement typically have to do with the defendant’s desire to avoid high litigation costs. Additionally, the defendent(s) may be interested in avoiding the sometimes unpleasant nature of litigation. The harmful impact on a public reputation can also be a contributing factor in deciding to settle. Often, the terms of a settlement include a non-disclosure to the public, so this can be an attractive end result for those involved in the case.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

ADRs are defined as “a procedure for settling a dispute outside the courtroom. Most forms of ADR are not binding on the plaintiff or defendant, and involve referral of the case to a neutral party such as an arbitrator or mediator.” ADR is increasingly being used in resolving vehicle accidents, medical malpractice claims and other disputes which usually would involve court litigation.

Our Attorneys are Ready to Represent You

At Teal & Montgomery, we provide all forms of alternative dispute resolutions to our Sacramento clients. Don’t wait another moment to handle your situation alone. Our team is composed of qualified, experienced attorneys offering all types of litigation assistance. Additionally, we have an attorney who is also a licensed physician. Our offices offer both sides of the industry understanding to serve you with the most well informed amount of legal knowledge. Don’t leave your situation, your case and your future up to chance. Call us or email us anytime. If you’re ready to talk, we’re ready to listen. We offer free consultations, based around your schedule and the majority of our cases are served on a contingency basis, meaning we won’t collect a cent unless you win. We’re not here to gouge you. We’re here to represent you. We’re the attorneys you can trust to build a case that is worthy of your rights. Let us know how we can help you fight for what is legally yours. Let us be the representation you need.


Mediation is where a neutral, third party help the two parties involved in the case to resolve their dispute. A mediator does not impose a decision on the parties, but will facilitate communication and working through some different points of contention.


Arbitration is one step above mediation in that a neutral third party is there to listen to both parties’ arguments and then impose a final, binding decision that is backed up by the Sacramento courts. What’s the difference between arbitration and the traditional court process? There is no effective appeal process for arbitration.

Contact the Attorneys of Teal & Montgomery

At Teal & Montgomery, we provide all forms of ADRs to our clients. Whether it’s settlement, mediation or arbitration, we’ll give you the advice you deserve on the best option for you and your family to take. Our attorneys have the expertise and experience to settle, litigate or offer an ADR for you personal injury case in Sacramento. Since 1975, we have practiced in the complex area of the law that governs personal injury lawsuits. Contact us to learn more.