The first rule is this: you can never ask for too much after an accident with a truck. At least at the beginning.
I have never had a client complain to me that I got them too much money in a lawsuit. Doesn’t happen.
But if you hold on to an unreasonable position, you can delay getting money you need. You wind up spending more money on your case during the delay.
And sometimes, you can get the other side mad enough so that they retract their offer. It usually doesn’t happen, but I have seen it.
A lot of people don’t like having unresolved lawsuits hanging over their heads. It’s a lot of uncertainty, and it interferes with normal life.
And if you try the case and get a verdict for less than the offer – that happens all the time – you almost certainly won’t get more than the verdict.
I serve as a mediator for the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati. I volunteer to supervise negotiations between injured people and insurance companies.
My greatest frustration as a mediator is when someone takes a completely unreasonable position. I see it as a waste of time on the part of everyone, and frequently it happens because one lawyer did not spend enough time going through the details of his lawsuit, or educating his clients about what would happen in a trial.
But, yes, sometimes the squeaky wheel gets more than its share of grease.
I have been a lawyer over 30 years. I am aggressive about trying to get every dollar I can for the person I am working for. And I always give you the choice – it’s yours anyway – about whether to take an offer, or ask for more.
If you’re worried about how much to ask for, give me, a Cincinnati truck accident attorney, a call. My phone is 513-621-4775.
Because all situations are different, and because there may be other facts pertaining to your case that I don’t know about, you should not rely on this answer for legal advice. I am not your attorney, and no lawyer client relationship has been formed. All discussions are limited to Ohio law unless otherwise indicated. And past performance cannot be used to predict future results.