Be wary of any lawyer who tells you early on that your case is going to settle. Your personal injury lawyer should expect every case to go to trial and prepare as if your case will be tried before a jury. That way, you can enter settlement negotiations with the defendant armed with as much evidence as possible. This will help ensure that you receive the best possible settlement. If you cannot reach a settlement and the case goes to trial, everyone will be prepared.
It's important to ask your attorney if they are willing to take your case to a jury trial if necessary. Many people are surprised to hear how few attorneys have tried, or are even willing to try a personal injury case to a jury. Our firm has very recently tried and won a jury trial in Wood County, Ohio in March 2020. We also have three additional cases that are currently set for jury trials which we expect will be tried in the next year. It's always important to know that your attorney has tried jury trials and has had success in them, because Defense Attorneys and Insurance Adjusters know the attorneys who won't try cases, and they do not provide as generous of offers in those cases to settle because they know the risk is far less when working with an attorney who is unlikely to take your case to a jury and win.