Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

My name is Chris Thayer and I am a personal injury attorney practicing in downtown Seattle. I handle personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims throughout the greater Seattle area, including Issaquah, Mercer Island and Kirkland.

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Why Accident Cases Don't Settle

Posted Monday, March 9, 2015 by Chris Thayer

A Seattle Accident Attorney Discusses Cases that Cannot be Settled

Although it is true that the vast majority of accident cases settle without the need for litigation, the facts and circumstances surrounding certain cases point to the inevitability that resolution will take place in a courtroom. Experienced Seattle accident attorneys understand the typical reasons why this may be necessary.

Initial Considerations

Most often, prior to the point in time when filing a lawsuit may be the only option, negotiations between counsel for the injured party and the insurer for the party responsible for the accident have been taking place. If a lawsuit is filed, the case will be brought against the responsible party, not the insurer. However, if the claim is based on an uninsured or underinsured motorist, the insurance company itself may be a named defendant.

Strategic Considerations

Knowledgeable counsel knows who the insurance company is and how they operate. Some companies play a waiting game but will ultimately bring a strong settlement offer. There are, however, several reasons why the parties are too far apart to settle.

Factors Leading to Litigation

Liability is in dispute; if the insurer does not believe their insured is liable or that another party shares some liability, this may need to be resolved at trial.

Contact Seattle Accident Attorneys for Legal Advice

Understanding how insurance companies play the game is a major factor in arriving at a fair and equitable resolution in an accident case. For any questions on your case, call Chris Thayer at (206) 340-2008.