While most civil cases, including slip and falls, get resolved even before the trial begins, some cases still go to trial. This is especially true when the defendant refuses to admit fault. Other times it’s because the complainant’s injuries aren’t enough to warrant a trial or that both parties cannot agree on a settlement.
Currently, there aren’t any laws that compel plaintiffs to testify. However, a case is hardly ever won without the plaintiff’s sworn statement. The defendant will most likely release assertions in his favor and deny negligence. By presenting your own account of the incident, you’ll have the opportunity to contest his claims.
Your testimony can also shed light to emotional or psychological damages you incurred in the incident. Your lawyer will present physical evidence to establish economic losses. However, it’s difficult for the jury to gain insight of your non-economic losses, which only you can define.
Testifying in a courtroom is not easy, so it’s normal to feel anxious. It’s also in your best interest to immediately get in touch with a lawyer who can help you in the entire process.