You should always remember that if you have suffered an injury at the fault of someone else, chances are you will get only one opportunity to obtain compensation for the injury for the rest of your life. If you hire an attorney who is not capable or willing to aggressively represent you all the way to a jury trial, you may be “short changing” your future. When interviewing an attorney, remember that you are hiring them and in turn they work for you. So don't be timid in asking what their trial experience has been such as, “what types of cases have they tried, and in which counties and in front of which Judges?” Most insurance companies and attorneys, even average attorneys settle the easy cases. It's the cases where there is a dispute as to who caused the accident or the cause or the extent of injuries, which require a jury trial. In this instance, you have every right to know that your attorney is representing you from the beginning with the expectation that they will continue to represent you to the end. Ultimately, it is an attorney experienced in taking cases to trial that effect the best possible settlement, because they have the confidence and knowledge to negotiate the settlement, and the reputation to succeed.
Neck sprains and strains, commonly known as whiplash, are the most frequently reported injuries in U.S. insurance claims. In 2007, the cost of claims in which neck pain was the most serious injury was about $8.8 billion, or 25 percent of the total payout for crash injuries.