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Since the courts cannot decide cases like before, insurance companies and plantiff attorneys must work together to settle cases and reduce court backlogs. (Photo: Bigstock) Since the courts cannot decide cases like before, insurance companies and plantiff attorneys must work together to settle cases and reduce court backlogs. (Photo: Bigstock)

As a defense attorney, I firmly believe we are all in the resolution business. The pandemic has forced us to alter how we look at resolving cases. Instead of the usual steady tidal action of cases going to court and eventually settling during pre-trial conferences or on the eve of trial, cases get stalled at the proverbial courthouse steps.

The courts have been closed or operating at a significantly reduced capacity over the past 13 months. A reduction in judges, court personnel and jury trial limitations because of COVID-19 protocols has considerably slowed personal injury settlements in court. Even now that the courts are open for trials, there are so few trials that they are the exception and not the norm.

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