Some personal injury cases wind up in a lawsuit and a court trial. But most are resolved by negotiations that lead to a settlement between your personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya and the various insurance companies involved in your case.
There are a lot of factors that affect a settlement. It takes work on the part of your attorney and our staff of experts to do a full investigation of the accident, get police and medical records, interview witnesses, maybe hire experts like accident reconstructionists and life care planners, and prepare the paperwork we need to negotiate with the insurance company. Once we have the information we need, we prepare a demand and calculate a settlement value we think is fair for you.
Before negotiating with the insurance company, our office will talk with you about negotiating strategy and will ask you for authority to settle your case for a certain amount of money. While that amount can change during the negotiating process, it is an amount that we both agree is fair and reasonable. Then after a lot of back and forth with the at fault party’s insurer, we often can come to an agreement.
Or not. It’s almost always better to settle a case if it’s in your best interests than it is to go to trial. But if the insurance company won’t agree to settlement terms, you still have the option of filing a lawsuit against the atfault party. That doesn’t happen often, though. We’re skilled negotiators and we pride ourselves on being able to arrange a settlement that meets or exceeds the dollar amount you agree to.