Trials are Stressful
Although a typical personal injury trial will not last more than a few days, the process can be extremely stressful for everyone involved. Both parties can be subjected to examination and cross-examination on the witness stand, and have their character publicly called into question. In addition, the weeks leading up to a trial can be very labor- intensive for both parties, not just their attorneys. With a settlement, an agreement is negotiated, the defendant (typically) pays some damages to the plaintiff, and the matter is concluded.