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155 NE 100th St., Suite 210 | Seattle, Washington 98125
206-402-5214
Will My Case Go to Trial?

Not all personal injury cases proceed to trial. Often times, cases settle out of court or without having to file a lawsuit. However, there are circumstances where proceeding to trial may be the only way for you to obtain justice.

It is extremely important to choose an attorney who is comfortable in the courtroom and is experienced in trying personal injury cases. It is not enough that an attorney be experienced in “handling” cases, but has never gone to trial.

If your personal injury case proceeds to trial, the burden rests solely on the plaintiff to prove every element of their case by a preponderance of the evidence, which means a fact is more probably true than not.

In addition to having to establish the other driver is liable for the crash, it is also necessary that the plaintiff prove that all his/her injuries sustained from the crash were caused and are causally related to the car crash.  Because the defendant (or at fault driver) does not bear any burden of proof, he can sit back and not say a word during the entire trial. It is important that your personal injury attorney be experienced and compelling in presenting all the evidence at trial to meet this burden of proof.

Ms. Odama is an experienced trial lawyer with over 60 jury trials under her belt. In 2011, she was accepted into the prestigious three-week Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming, where she further honed her trial skills. We understand how important it is that a jury hears your story.  Being able to effectively convey your story can make or break your case. We get results.

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  • "Successful defense: A family member was charged with a misdemeanor and then another later on. Ms. Hart was able to successfully defend them, and my family member wound up with no criminal record. She was easy to work with and very competent in my opinion. "  -Richard

  • "This was my fist time ( hopefully my last ) Melissa was with me every step of the way, she help me get the trust and confidence I needed and it all turned out good at the end and am very grateful for that.........THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP"  -Bas

  • "outstanding attorney! I found Melissa to be a true legal expert in the area of auto accidents. I have no doubt she got me the best possible outcome and reward for my recent two collisions..."  -Billy

  • "This review is extremely tardy, but VERY well deserved. In the spring of 2015, Melissa represented me in a delicate matter, and she was superb. Melissa not only knows her field, but she also TRULY CARES."  -Steven

  • "Very knowledgeable and super helpful: Melissa was recommended to me for assistance by my chiropractor and she was wonderful. I had a very successful consultation phone call and she helped me to organize and resolve my challenges."  -Jordan

  • "I would highly recommend Melissa to anyone needing a lawyer. My son had been in/out of jail for the last few years when he was arrested on felony drug charges and placed in King County jail..."  -Kimberly

  • "Great Lawyer: Melissa did a great job on my case, working with me every step of the way and keeping me informed. She was great and I would hire her again if I needed to (hopefully I won't need to)"  -anonymous

  • "A Lawyer With A Heart ❤️ : Melissa came in highly recommended to me by a friend. I have never done this process before and my stress level was to the max, because they waited the very last minute to proceed with my lawsuit..."  -Erica

  • "Exceptional Traffic Collision Lawyer: I would recommend Melissa Odama Hart to anyone who has been in a collision, whether you are at fault or not at fault. She has exceptional legal knowledge and judgment in collision law..."  -Amanda

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  • Seattle Office
    155 NE 100th St.
    Suite 210
    Seattle, Washington 98125
    Phone: 206-402-5214
    Fax: 206-299-9944
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