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It won't even make it to court

I have seen cases like this before, and actually provided expert testimony in a couple related to my field. Depositions will be filed, dollars will be discussed, and a settlement will be offered. The simple fact of life is that it's often cheaper to buy them off than enter a protracted legal battle. That's especially true when the NOK is poor. They will settle for a song, because $100k seems like a fortune to them. Years ago I was deposed about a fire in Newport, NC and after my deposition the defendant offered to settle. They offered a ridiculously low amount, but the family jumped on it. Her attorney did everything he could to get her to hold out for more, but she wanted the money to move back home. This woman will be tempted to do the same thing, and the biggest challenge for her attorney will be getting her to wait until they reach that magic point where a settlement is still possible, but it doesn't tip toward "She wants too much - let's take our chances in court."

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