Help Us Help You: Settlement Negotiations

October 12, 2017 Accident Attorney

This blog post is part five in an eight-part series designed to help you understand how our office strives to best serve the needs our of clients and what you can expect as a client of the firm.

The fifth step in handling your claim is to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company to ensure that you are fairly compensated for the injuries you suffered.  This involves discussing the value of your claim with the insurance adjuster through a series of offers and counteroffers.

First, we receive an initial offer from the insurance adjuster, based on his or her evaluation of the documentation of your claim submitted to them by our office.  Our office then contacts you to discuss the initial offer and your expectations.

Second, we respond to the adjuster and negotiate the settlement offer.  This step often involves making a counteroffer based on our evaluation of your claim and your expectations.  Often, the adjuster will request additional information to support our evaluation of your claim, which our office then prepares and provides.

Third, we work with the adjuster until we are able to agree upon a fair amount to compensate you for your injuries.  Once we are able to agree upon a dollar amount, we obtain final settlement authority from you.

Finally, once we receive authority from you, we finalize the settlement with the insurance adjuster. If we are unable to reach an agreement, we then proceed to litigation and prepare to file a lawsuit on your behalf.

Disclaimer: This description of the steps in the process of an injury case is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as legal advice. Nor does the information above create an attorney-client relationship. However, we look forward to the opportunity to try to help you. Please contact us today to discuss your potential case.

Attorney Terry Bryant

Attorney Terry BryantTerry Bryant is Board Certified in personal injury trial law, which means his extensive knowledge of the law has been recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, setting him apart from many other injury attorneys. The 22 years he spent as a Municipal Judge, Spring Valley Village, TX also provides him keen insight into the Texas court system. That experience also helps shape his perspective on personal injury cases and how they might resolve. This unique insight benefits his clients. [ Attorney Bio ]