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If you’re dealing with an insurance company after a car accident, will they offer you a larger settlement if they know your attorney isn’t afraid to go to trial?
Gregory Herrman is a personal injury attorney and managing partner with the law firm Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., which has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and the Rio Grande Valley.
In this video, he explains that insurance companies will take advantage of people who have not retained the services of a trial attorney after a car accident.
To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-981-1283 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
In many personal injury cases, the responsible party or their insurance provider will offer the injured party a settlement. Settlement offers can vary widely in value but are often woefully insufficient to cover the injured party’s damages. This tends to be the case more often than not when the insurance provider or opposing counsel knows that the injured party is represented by an attorney who does not typically take cases all the way to court.
Insurance providers keep a record of the attorneys that take their clients’ cases to trial and win and are more likely to offer a larger settlement right off the bat to avoid a lengthy and risky courtroom trial. Even if the opposing counsel does choose to take the case to court, you are far better off with a trial lawyer as your acting representative than an attorney who may have spent very little time in actual courtrooms.
It is important to note that while any lawyer can take a case to trial in court, not all lawyers are classified as trial lawyers. Trial lawyers undergo additional training in client advocacy and generally have a great deal more experience with courtroom procedures than other lawyers who typically settle outside of court. Both kinds of lawyers have strengths, but if there is any chance that you are unlikely to receive a fair settlement outside of court it is a good idea to reach out to a trial attorney to discuss your situation. This prepares you for any eventuality.
When an injured party is represented by a trial attorney with a history of taking cases to trial and winning, the insurance provider or opposing counsel are more likely to offer a fair settlement up front if just to avoid the hassle. Even if they do choose to take the matter to court, having a trial attorney with you ensures that you have valuable courtroom experience on your side.
To learn more, contact Gregory Herrman directly by calling 888-981-1283 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Are you likely to get a larger settlement from the insurance company if your lawyer is prepared to go to trial? That's what we asked Attorney Greg Herrman in this AskTheLawyers™ Quick Question.
You wouldn't believe how terrible some of the offers are to lawyers that don't take cases to trial. What most of them end up doing is some of the offers are so bad, they just refer them over to us, because adjusters know "I offer this guy anything and if he's desperate when times are slow, he'll talk the client into taking the money and he'll run." So if you get a lawyer that the adjusters and the defense lawyers know will go try the case, they'll offer you a whole lot more.
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