How a Personal Injury Case can be Settled


If you have found yourself involved in a personal injury lawsuit you need the help of the Personal Injury Attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo. We can not only make sure you get what you deserve in your case but we can help you to understand just some of the ways and reasons personal injury cases can be settled.


The Defendant wants to Control Risks and Legal Costs

If the defendant knows they could be at blame for the personal injury that has occurred then they will push for a settlement. If the case moves any further and gets to the point of reaching the audience of a sympathetic jury, they could lose a lot more money.  Instead, the defendant or insurer may prefer a settlement where it has control over how much to offer.


To Keep the Case out of the Public Eye

If those who are involved in the personal injury case have a big company or recognizable name then they will push for a settlement just to avoid any public attention. For example, if a company produces a defective product and only a few people are injured by it, the company may want to try to arrange a quiet out-of-court settlement and avoid major publicity that might accompany a trial. When a settlement agreement is drafted, it gives a company (or any defendant for that matter) the opportunity to negotiate terms of that agreement that work for everyone. This can include a requirement of confidentiality.


Settlement Allows for a Quicker Trial

Depending on the trial, it can last months or even years with the possibility of appeals. A plaintiff who needs income and has medical expenses may not want to wait that long to get financial relief. A plaintiff also may not feel up to going through a long trial, putting on a case, presenting evidence and doing everything else necessary to win a legal battle. Negotiating a settlement could be the most beneficial for everyone involved.


To get more information on settlements and how they can affect your personal injury case, make an appointment with one of our personal injury attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo. We can walk you through the process and make sure you are getting the best care when it comes to your case.

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Norman H. Jackson, Utah Court of Appeals Judge, Retired, has joined the law firm of Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC, effective April 2017.  Judge Jackson was one of the seven founding Judges of the Utah Court of Appeals and served terms as Presiding and Associate Presiding Judge.
Judge Jackson was the senior attorney in a Richfield law firm for eighteen years.  The firm engaged in legal, business and tax cases, including practice before State and Federal Courts, U.S. Board of Land Appeals, Utah Public Service Commission and Arizona Corporation Commission.  Clients included counties, cities, banks department stores, communications and credit associations, irrigation companies, auto dealers, building supply stores, farmers, ranchers and small businesses. They took “every type of case that came through the door,” from criminal defense work to a patent royalty dispute for the inventor of the Frisbee. Judge Jackson has been a lifetime rancher doing business in Utah as Jackson Cattle Company and Arizona as EJ Cattle Ranches.
Judge Jackson’s professional service includes terms on the Utah State Bar Commission, Bar Foundation (President and Vice President), Air Travel Commission, and Utah Information Technology Commission.  He served on the Judiciary’s Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee for thirteen years and initiated and supervised the Appellate Court Mediation Office.  He developed and advanced a realistic and workable framework for both of Utah’s Appellate Courts to use in reviewing trial court and administrative agency decisions.  He published three editions of Utah Standards of Appellate Review while participating in more than 2,000 appellate court decisions.  
Judge Jackson’s experience will complement the other outstanding lawyers at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC.  The firm will continue its representation of injured individuals, as well as clients in real estate, business, estate planning, tax, contract and education matters.

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