I figure out where the delays are most likely to be, then try to fix them.
Delays usually come because the other side doesn’t know something that I do. Usually, it’s medical records that establish that my client wasn’t hurt before the accident, or that establish the severity of the injury. So I get the medical records.
If there is a large wage loss claim, I send the other side my client’s employment records and paycheck stubs, and I try to get them copies of the work excuses.
If there is a dispute about liability, it means there is a fight over what happened. In other words, who is telling the truth. I try to schedule the sworn statements of the important witnesses – including my client and the other driver – so the other attorney can see what they look like, and make his recommendation.
A few years ago, in a dogbite lawsuit, the dog’s insurance company was putting up a huge fight, saying that the jury was going to be reluctant to make a big award against the dog’s owner. My client told me that the dog was known throughout the neighborhood as a bad dog. So I talked to a neighbor, who was familiar with the dog.
I scheduled the neighbor for a deposition, or a sworn statement. We found out just how bad the dog was. The insurance lawyer talked to his supervisor, and the lawsuit settled. For a lot of money.
You see, if I had not made a preliminary evaluation, and liked it, I would not have taken the lawsuit in the first place.
It’s usually that simple. The other side may be lazy – but if you make them work, they evaluate the situation, and sooner or later they want to stop paying their lawyer.
I have been a lawyer over 30 years. Insurance companies are usually smart enough to tell when a lawsuit is getting better or worse for them. If it is getting worse, they want to settle. My job is showing them how bad it can be.
If you’ve been having trouble settling your lawsuit on your own, give me, a Cincinnati personal injury attorney, a call. My phone is 513-621-4775.
You don’t have to hire me. You can just call, and we can talk. But you need to do something, and it’s going to have to start with a phone call.
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.