The case begins:Client: All I am looking for is for my medical bills to be paid.
Lawyer: I look forward to working with you on this matter. We will see what we can do together.
Two months later:Client: I want my medical bills paid and I want $25,000.
Lawyer: I think that is a reasonable expectation
Two more months later:Client: I want $50,000.
Lawyer: I am working towards that.
Two weeks after that:Lawyer: They’ve offered $75,000. I think there is more money to be had though.
Client: I want $100,000. Not a penny less.
The next day:Lawyer: I’m looking for you to give me permission to settle the case
Client: I’ve changed my mind. I need at least $200,000.
Later. That same day:Lawyer: They’ve offered $400,000. I strongly recommend that you settle this case.
Client: That’s just not enough. Let’s go to trial.