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The defense refuses to negotiate. What options do you have?

 

A:

First, you cannot force an insurance company to try and negotiate. Nor can you force the defense attorney to negotiate, especially if he has not been given any financial authority in which to try and begin settlement negotiations.

Second, if the defense refuses to negotiate, you have only one option: Take your case to trial and let a jury determine whether there is liability, and if so, how much money to award.

Although a case may be negotiated and settled at any time during the litigation process, if the defense refuses to offer any money and refuses to negotiate, your only option is to proceed to trial and take a verdict.