When Does A Personal Injury Attorney Know That It’s Time To Seek A Settlement?
When a client is finished treatment for their injuries, and we have their case evaluated, we first try to settle the case by sending a demand letter with the overview of our liability and damage arguments. Then, we negotiate with the insurance company. If we can reach a fair settlement the matter is finished if not then we file suit and the case is in court and discovery starts then mandatory mediation. If not resolved there then trial.
What Are Some Unintentional Mistakes People Make That Adversely Impact Their Personal Injury Claim Or Settlement?
Commonly, people do not mention to their attorney that they have had previous injuries to the same part of their body. This leaves them open to attacks from the insurance company. Another way to damage your case is to ignore your physician’s advice. People also tend to post Facebook pictures of themselves, that can create the wrong impression. Or doing something contrary to the doctor’s advice.
You will want to be careful what you post on social media concerning your situation, as most attorneys ask for the data in discovery.
Does Having A Competent And Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Involved Impact the Way That Insurance Companies Handle My Claim?
Insurance companies want to do the least they have to do to get the case closed. When they are dealing with an attorney who knows what the case is worth and develops the evidence they will be forced to work harder to disprove or refute the damages and /or liability. A competent attorney knows that you have to pay back Medicare, Medicaid, or proper liens out of your settlement. They will consider this when advising you on whether to accept a settlement offer, as well as negotiating to reduce these liens.
Does The Threat Of Litigation Tend To Influence Insurance to Offer A Larger Settlement?
I would have to say if the company feels they have fairly evaluated the claim it probably will not. Remember plaintiff has one case the carriers have thousands, so an anomaly verdict will be absorbed without huge consequence. If you can trend outside the numbers maybe they will take notice maybe not. What happened with mandatory mediation is there are far fewer trials. Jury verdict research has been around for a long time so you can see what similar injuries and liability cases have returned as verdicts in the different states and counties.
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