Most likely, no. In fact, most personal injury claims never have to see the inside of a courtroom. Instead, with help from a lawyer, claimants can reach satisfactory settlement agreements with insurance companies during pre-trial mediations. Settlements are faster and less expensive than personal injury trials. Some cases cannot settle for enough without going to court. Talk to a lawyer about your legal strategy in Alabama. A trial may result in higher compensation than an insurance settlement, especially if you have catastrophic injuries or the defendant was grossly negligent.