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 an Alabama personal injury lawyer about your legal strategy. A trial may result in higher compensation than an insurance settlement, especially if you have catastrophic injuries or the defendant was grossly negligent.