When it comes to seeking compensation from an insurance company after an accident, they are not going to make it easy on you. Insurance companies see the costs associated with aggressively defending against personal injury claims as a cost of doing business and they feel that if they can make it so difficult that no one would ever want to pursue a claim, they have succeeded. What they want more than anything is to try and force your case into a jury trial as the jury climate right now is largely in the insurance company’s favor.
In an ideal situation, we would be able to reach a settlement with the insurance company via negotiations or through what is called a binding arbitration. We prefer this because we know what amount our clients deserve and we also know that allowing their award to be left up to a jury is a risky gamble.
Obviously the best situation is that we reach a settlement through negotiations, but binding arbitration is also very good. In this kind of arbitration, the two sides (us and the defense) will present all their evidence as they would in court to a neutral, third-party who will then render a decision. What makes this different from a regular arbitration is that whatever amount the arbitrator decides on is what you will get, it is binding. There will not be any surprises going in though because the two sides will agree on a high-low settlement meaning there will be a limit to the lowest acceptable amount that can be awarded and the highest amount that can be awarded.
One of the major contributing factors to the unpredictable and unfavorable jury climate right now is the propaganda that has been spread by the insurance companies. They spend millions of dollars on advertising and lobbying politicians so that they can make everyone believe that personal injury claims are “frivolous” and that these people are greedy fakers. Of course, this could not be further from the truth. All that our clients are doing when pursuing a personal injury claim is asking that the insurance company hold up their policies and pay the money that is due under these contracts.
There are basically three factors that make the current jury climate so risky for injured parties:
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