There are a variety of motivations that impact the victim’s decision to settle or go to trial.
The victim’s decision. It is worth underscoring: it is the victim’s decision. It is not a choice for the attorneys or the family. The victim has to choose the path that is best for them.
There are certainly some Maryland injury attorneys who do not see it that way. It really is tempting — I’ve felt it — to think you know what is best for your client. I’ve settled cases where I was convinced the offer would double in a matter of weeks. But as a lawyer, your job really is to give your client the information to make an informed choice.
Here are the three key factors victims need to consider: risk, time, and emotional strain.