Techniques for Dealing with Stalled Negotiations
Even the most experienced Orange County personal injury attorney sometimes finds himself at an impasse with insurance company about a client’s settlement. However, there are techniques that your attorney can use to get negotiations for your settlement back on track.
For example, your personal injury attorney can check the unfair claims practice laws. California laws govern the insurance company’s practices. These laws restrict, among other things, the amount time the claims adjuster spends investigating the claim. If your attorney suspects the adjuster is dragging out the investigation phase in order to stall negotiations, he may be able to use these laws to leverage the adjuster into resuming negotiations.
Failing that, you attorney might try the time-tested technique of setting a time-limit. A letter with a reasonable settlement demand stating that a response is required in 10-20 days could spur a hesitant adjuster into resuming negotiations.
Your attorney can also start asking concrete questions as to what specifically the adjuster is investigating. Direct pressure in this manner can reveal an insurance adjuster who is stalling rather than an adjuster who is earnestly running into unforeseen trouble in his investigation.
If all else fails, your personal injury attorney may decide that the best way for you to recover damages is to file a lawsuit. If a lawsuit does proceed, the adjuster is no longer involved in the case.
Make sure you have an experienced Orange County personal injury attorney on your side, no matter how your claim proceeds. Call Samer Habbas today at (888) 848-5084 for a free initial consultation.