Four Ways Personal Injury Settlement Mills Harm Clients
The billboards and TV commercials promise - quick settlements, fast cash, immediate compensation. These "settlement mill" law firms function on high case volume and low case value. That's bad for injured people who need justice. What are four ways settlement mills harm clients?
Settlement Mill Lawyers Do Not Prepare CasesIt's true that most cases settle prior to trial. It's also true that preparation and hard work lead to better settlements as well as better trials. Preparation and hard work are where settlement mill lawyers fall short, far short. Settlement mills function on high volume. Individual cases are neglected. Cases are often handled by staff focused primarily on quick settlements. Insurance companies know this. Insurance companies love settlement mills. Why? Insurance companies know they can make a low offer and the typical settlement mill attorney will accept rather than prepare the case. That's bad for the clients who are left with far too little compensation.
Settlement Mill Lawyers Do Not Go To CourtSeveral years ago, a journalist in Florida investigated a local law firm advertising on television for personal injury cases. What the journalist discovered was eye-opening. Those personal injury settlement mill lawyers made huge claims to get cases - even posing for photographs in a courtroom. Yet, the same lawyers did not really file cases and did not really go to court. It was all for show. Sadly, that's the case with many settlement mill attorneys. They seek a volume of cases and negotiate them quickly. Insurance adjusters know which lawyers go to court and which lawyers do not. That makes a huge difference in the settlements offered. Plus, some cases need to be filed in court. Sometimes, court is the only way to obtain justice for a client. When a case requires court, settlement mill lawyers neglect justice and neglect their trusting clients.
Settlement Mill Lawyers Do Not Help Clients With Medical Care And RehabilitationAfter an injury, clients face a confusing and complicated medical system. Many clients need advice to navigate our health system in order to get the care and rehabilitation needed for a recovery. Settlement mill lawyers fail to offer this advice. Certain claims require even more attention and advice. In workers' compensation cases, clients often face doctors biased for the insurance carrier. In traumatic brain injury cases, clients often face doctors with little or no understanding of the complex medical issues. Clients need and deserve a lawyer who will give them advice.
Settlement Mill Lawyers Do Not Stand Up To Insurance Company TacticsImmediately after a car accident (or other injury), insurance companies spring to action. In large commercial truck accidents, insurance company people sometimes reach the scene before the vehicles are cleared. Make no mistake - from the first moments, the insurance company is working to reduce, deny and defend your claim. In their effort to resolve cases quickly, settlement mill lawyers often help the insurance company working against you. How do settlement mill lawyers do this? They don't advise you concerning interactions with the insurance adjusters. They don't investigate your accident. They don't stop you from giving interviews to the adjusters or from signing documents presented by the insurance company.