Make sure the firm you hire is willing to take the case to trial
Any lawyer can settle a case. The truth of the matter is that any lawyer can negotiate the settlement of a personal injury claim. The question is whether they will settle the case for a fair and just amount or will they take whatever the insurance company offers. Lawyers without track records and experience in trying cases to juries have no leverage with insurance companies and insurance defense law firms. The insurance companies and insurance defense law firms know that many attorneys will not go to court, and therefore they are not compelled to offer anything close to a fair and just settlement. They know that if the personal injury victim is represented by a lawyer who doesn't go to court that lawyer will have to recommend a settlement for much less than the full fair and just value of the claim. If you have a law firm for a serious personal injury claim make sure that law firm can prove to you that they have leverage based on their experience and track record. Have them put you in touch with former clients who they have actually represented in a courtroom and gotten jury verdicts for.
As we noted before, the only thing the insurance companies respect is a law firm that has taken cases all the way through to jury verdicts successfully.