Auto Accident Settlement Negotiations
98 percent of personal injury claims settle outside of court. However you should carefully consider your negotiation strategy to reach the most beneficial settlement agreement possible. You should also be in the position to take your claim to trial if litigation can bring better results.
Attorney Bill Berenson has nearly 40 years of litigation and settlement negotiation experience focused exclusively on auto accident recovery. He has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law since 1994 and only represents people who have been hurt in car and truck crashes. He has won numerous awards for his litigation skills, including being named a Top Attorney by Fort Worth Magazine for many years and invited to join the Multi-Million Dollar Advocacy Forum.
Bill’s extensive trial experience works to your advantage during settlement negotiations. First, the insurance companies know that Berenson Injury Law will take the case to trial unless you receive the damages you deserve, which gives us an effective bargaining chip during negotiations. Second, if the insurance company refuses to agree to a fair settlement, our auto accident attorney has the skills and experience to prevail at trial.Why Settle a Claim
Settlement is frequently in your best financial and legal interests. It can save you money on substantial trial expenses and attorney’s fees, is less stressful, and resolves your claim in a timelier manner.
In addition, settlement offers certainty and control over the outcome. We enter settlement negotiations knowing the amount of damages you are entitled to. Although we are usually successful in persuading the insurance company to agree, we are able to walk away from the negotiating table if the insurer refuses to agree to your rightful damages.
Fortunately insurance defense lawyers can have incentive to avoid a lengthy, expensive trial that also may attract unwanted publicity. However insurers will attempt to reduce the settlement as much as possible. Therefore you need a strong, clear negotiation strategy to reach the maximum damages possible.Settlement Preparations and Strategy
A great deal of preparation occurs before entering into settlement negotiations. Both sides conduct their own investigations as to what happened, who is at fault, and how much damages resulted from the crash.
Attorney Berenson knows the case inside and out, including facts that help and hurt your claim. Because of his substantial preparations, he is able to introduce persuasive evidence regarding your rights, and he can anticipate and counter any potential problems. Having argued cases in Tarrant County courts for close to four decades, our Fort Worth accident attorney knows how a judge would rule, a factor he considers when developing the case strategy.What Happens During Settlement Negotiations?
Every settlement negotiation is unique, depending upon the complexity of the case, severity of the damages, number of individuals and companies, and other factors. In general, negotiations involve a volleying of offers, with the plaintiffs starting higher and the defendants starting lower than they expect to ultimately agree to. Do not be surprised that your settlement agreement will likely be less than your starting figure and that the insurance company’s attorney may enter discussions with a very low amount.
Negotiations may take place face-to-face or may be handled by telephone and may occur in one session or over a series of conversations. Our attorney pays careful attention to disclosures made by the defendant and insurance company that can be useful during negotiations or should the case go to trial. He is equally careful about the evidence we release to the other side.
Once both sides reach a settlement, we draft a final agreement. The agreement contains the terms of the settlement and a waiver of future claims. The case is concluded when you receive your damages payment.Learn More About Settling Your Auto Accident Claim in Tarrant County
Berenson Injury Law can negotiate the maximum possible damages settlement in your auto accident claim. Learn more during your free consultation with our Fort Worth car crash settlement lawyer.