Generally, Continuances favor the Defendant—Not You. As a plaintiff, you are not compensated until settlement or trial. Meanwhile, your bills are adding up, your future remains uncertain, and the phrase “the wheels of justice turn slowly…” is not exactly soothing.
Why, then, is your lawyer agreeing to the defendant’s motion to continue the trial to a future date? It should be noted that there are valid reasons for a plaintiff to agree to, or ask for, a continuance. Issues and exigencies are part of litigation. And you don’t want your attorney to be forced to try your case with inadequate preparation.
But, usually, aggressiveness and relentlessness is the best recipe. Leesfield Scolaro‘s philosophy is simple: Only continue a case if absolutely, positively necessary. This position is informed by these bankable propositions:
1. Defense attorneys fear aggressive plaintiff’s attorneys. They just do.
2. Defense attorneys are overworked. They just are.
3. Defense attorneys probably don’t care as much about their cases as your lawyer does. They represent monolithic, faceless corporations, not actual PEOPLE whose gains and losses have a proportionally greater effect on their lives than the gains and losses of a corporate defendant, who can more easily absorb a loss and is buoyed less by a gain.
4. Defense attorneys bill by the hour. No further explanation is necessary.
So, while you should understand that sometimes a continuance is in your best interest, there generally is no substitute for aggressiveness and pushing the envelope. This philosophy has guided the experienced attorneys of Leesfield Scolaro for decades. If you are in need of legal assistance, we’ll go to bat for you.
After all, no one — not even Ted Williams — has ever gotten a base hit while standing in the on-deck circle.