Miles A. Matt: Whether a case settles or goes to trial is impossible to predict at the beginning of the case. There are many factors that determine that. One is whether the person or the insurance company, who is a defendant in your case, is trying to be fair and reasonable.
Another thing is you have to understand that all those statistics show that more than 95 percent of civil cases do settle. There are those cases that do, in fact, go to trial.
Here at Matt & Allen, we base our recommendation to the client as to whether they should settle their case or go to trial on the fact of whether the insurance company is willing to pay them a fair and reasonable amount of money for their damages.
If there are, we recommend settlement. If they are not, we recommend going to trial. However, you must understand that it is the client’s decision whether to settle or to go to trial, regardless of our advice to that client.