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Asheville Lawyers Help Recover Your Rightful Compensation through the Personal Injury Settlement Process

Negotiating a fair agreement in the North Carolina civil courts

Most personal injury claims are settled before going to trial. A settlement can spare the plaintiff costs and time associated with trial and can often mean quicker payment. Reaching your settlement goals requires preparation, strategy and determination. Otherwise, you may be settling for less than you deserve.

At Hensley Cloninger, P.C., we’ve earned a reputation as effective negotiators. Because we prepare your case for trial, opposing counsel knows we will refuse an offer that is below what your claim is worth. Our 29 years of experience and sole focus on personal injury recovery give us an advantage at the negotiating table and in the courtroom, if trial is the best means of accomplishing your objectives.

Negotiating with insurance companies

As a business, your insurance company constantly considers ways to increase profits and reduce expenses. Insurance agents are trained to make the lowest possible payouts to injured claimants so they can cut the biggest expense incurred by these corporate entities. Common tactics include making lowball offers and contacting you while your judgment is impaired by pain medications and before you have had the chance to consult with a lawyer.

Our attorneys understand the schemes and methods that insurance companies use, and we take decisive steps to counter them. In addition, our contingency arrangement means we only get paid when you do and our fees are based on the amount we recover for you. You run no risk by having our qualified lawyers negotiate on your behalf.

The mediation process

We may suggest mediation as a valuable tool for negotiating a fair settlement. Prior to your session, our lawyers develop a plan of action to maximize your compensation. We remain by your side throughout the process as we engage in aggressive negotiations. A certified mediator guides the parties toward mutual agreement during a series of one-on-one and group discussions. At the conclusion of mediation, our lawyers draft a settlement that reflects the terms of your agreement. Anything we say to the mediator is confidential during and after the session. If we do not reach an acceptable agreement with the defendants and their insurance companies, the mediation session does not jeopardize your case at trial.

Understand the personal injury settlement negotiations process

For more information about how personal injury settlement negotiations work, call Hensley Cloninger, P.C. at 828-348-0092 or contact us online. We offer a free first-time consultation and handle your injury claim on contingency — meaning you do not pay us until we recover money for you.