For personal injury case.
Lawyers prefer getting the best possible result for their client(s).
I cannot speak for other lawyers. However, as a former insurance lawyer, I know how insurance companies view lawyers who do not try cases. As you interview lawyers, you should ask them about their trial experience. As a former insurance company lawyer who has been behind the curtain, the objective of the insurance company is to minimize the value of your case. The company will hire an experienced trial lawyer to achieve that end, which is why it is important that you have a competent trial lawyer on your side. The company needs to understand that if a fair settlement offer is not made, your attorney is prepared to go to court. Many lawyers advertise their services, but very few will go to trial. Instead, they will refer your case out to someone else as the case gets closer to trial. One of the first things an insurance company does is check the trial experience of your lawyer. "Low-Ball" settlement offers are often made to lawyers who do not try cases.
There is no blanket answer to your question.
Some "settlement mills," which are often the most active advertisers, take the first offer and run with it.
On the other hand, dedicated personal injury lawyers are always looking at the cost/benefit analysis of going to trial and advise their clients accordingly. Depending on the settlement offer and the structure of your fee agreement, an award after trial could put more money in the lawyer's pocket and **less** in yours. There is also the chance you could get less at trial than the offered settlement... and you might get nothing at all if you lose.
This answer is a general discussion of legal principles by a California lawyer. It does not create an attorney-client relationship. Free initial consultation applies only to individuals with current or potential criminal charges in Butte County, California and adjoining counties.
This is not a legal question, and it's also an incomplete question with a false assumption. And what is the point of these questions?
A case that goes to trial does not necessarily get a bigger award, and can get no award or a much smaller award. It can even result in the plaintiff owing money to the defendant.
Insurance companies will typically pay more money to settle a claim that may be pushed to trial - they don't really care whether the current attorney tries it personally or refers it to someone else. Bottom line, if the case is worthy of taking to trial, they will probably settle it for more unless they know the firm is a mill that likes to take low offers quickly, and will not either try them or refer them to someone who will.
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