Yes, Insurers Drag Out How Long Personal Injury Cases Take to Settle

Lawyer sitting at his computer frustrated

Insurance companies and their attorneys whining about cases not settling and blaming plaintiff’s lawyers is perhaps the ultimate example of hypocrisy.

Want to know why the vast majority of my cases don’t settle earlier? Because insurers lowball my clients. They drag cases on longer to see if my clients will get desperate and not want to stick it out for fair value.

I’ve had many cases with clear liability and clear acute injuries where the insurer offers less than the medical bills pre-suit. I’ve had many trials where the pre-trial offer was the medical bills or less in clear cases where a jury ultimately awarded way more than our offer of settlement and we got fees awarded as a result.

I like to say that if you want to learn about extremely rare medical conditions you’ve never heard of before, just represent clients who have been injured or lost a loved one in a medical malpractice case. You’ll learn about all sorts of unusual conditions that nobody thought the client had.

Medical records say what they had? Death certificate have a cause of death? Autopsy say what killed them? Doesn’t matter to the defense. They’ll get an expert to say they had this other, rare condition that nobody else saw any signs of. They may even invent one if you’re lucky.

Insurance companies have way more resources than my clients, many of whom live paycheck to paycheck. But let’s feel sorry for the insurance companies because somehow it’s these regular people with limited resources who are the problem, according to them.

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About the Author

Darl Champion is an award-winning personal injury lawyer serving the greater Metro Atlanta area. He is passionate about ensuring his clients are fully compensated when they are harmed by someone’s negligence. Learn more about Darl here.