Most cases do not go all the way through a jury trial to a verdict. There are many reasons for this. Many courts require that cases be submitted to mediation before the case will even be set for trial. Mediation is an opportunity for both sides to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their case and this often motivates both sides to try to find a reasonable settlement rather than risk a trial. However, whether or not you settle your case is your decision. Your lawyer will advise you on the pros and cons of settlement and will often make a recommendation. However, the final decision is yours.
Sometimes new facts arise during the litigation of your case that can cause either side to re-evaluate their position. New witnesses or new evidence may be discovered that can change the likelihood for success– for better or worse. If this happens, your lawyer will promptly let you know and discuss the impact that the new information may have on your case.
Occasionally an appellate court may issue a new opinion that changes the law applicable to your case. If this happens in your case, your attorney will explain to you how the change in the law impacts your case and answer any questions you may have.