What’s the most common issue an attorney faces when handling a personal injury claim? Why?

Perhaps the most common issue an attorney faces when handling a personal injury claim is knowing the right time to settle the case.

Let me explain.

There are no two cases that are the same:

  1. All case facts are different.  
  2. All clients are different.
  3. All adjusters from insurance companies are different.
  4. All defense attorneys are different.
  5. All judges and juries are different.

Each case must be handled differently, and the strategies and decision-making for each case must be different. Likewise, settlement negotiations in every single case are different.

It truly requires an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney to know when is the right time to recommend settlement to a client:

  1. Is the other side offering enough? 
  2. Could we get more if we don’t settle now? 
  3. How long will it take? 
  4. How much will it cost? 
  5. What are the risks? 
  6. Could we get less? 
  7. Could we lose?

Settlement typically means “compromise“. It means that you are not going to get everything you want, but also, that the other side is not going to get everything it wants. If both sides are willing to give a little, to “compromise“ and find a middle ground, then the case has a good chance of getting settled.

What is the right number?  See above. (Every case is different.)

Deciding to settle is not easy.  The best Phoenix injury lawyers can and will explain all 12 of the above factors to you, to help you make the best decision in your case.