Strategies an Attorney Will Use When Negotiating With Claims Adjusters

Jacksonville accident injury attorney Some of the most common questions a client will ask a Jacksonville accident injury attorney about a personal injury case involve dealing with claims adjusters and receiving settlement offers. Important Factors That Your Attorney Must Consider When Negotiating a Settlement The attorney from the Jacksonville personal injury law firm must keep the following in mind when negotiating settlements with insurance claims adjusters:
  1. The attorney should have knowledge about the insurer and the defense firms the carriers use. If the insurer is considered reasonable, the defense attorney is likely to be reasonable as well. This can make them easier to negotiate with. More conservative firms are likely to be more difficult and hire more stringent defense firms;
  2. A large number of adjusters are female. Being aggressive and overbearing will tend to get them on the defensive. It will also be a negative to condescend to them due to gender;
  3. If the attorney has determined that the adjuster is likely to be reasonable, it will be easier to have a give and take relationship that could make agreeing on a settlement easier;
  4. Treating the adjuster as a human being rather than someone with whom the attorney must speak to in order to get what the client wants can go a long way. Having things to chat about such as children and other bits of casual conversation can create a personal relationship;
  5. Blaming the adjuster for a lowball settlement offer is often putting the blame where it doesn’t belong. There are superiors who usually guide the adjusters as to how far they’re allowed to go when negotiating; and
  6. Being willing to bend slightly can help. This is especially true if the insurance company is considered reasonable.
Contact an Experienced Lawyer If you have questions about how an attorney will forge a relationship with the insurance company and its adjusters to help spur a settlement, contact injury lawyer John Fagan at 904-278-1000 today.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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