ANSWER: You have the right to seek adequate and fair compensation for the damages caused by your injury from any responsible party. But this right is only as good as your ability to enforce it through our civil justice system. You have constitutional right to a trial by a jury of your peers which is the mechanism that actually causes most cases to settle. Responsible parties make settlement offers in order to avoid the risks of being judged by a jury made up of regular citizens exercising their common sense under the law. Beware of any “tort reform” as this is merely a legislative effort to diminish or destroy our constitutional jury system. This in turn diminishes or destroys your legal rights and with them your ability to recover fair and adequate compensation for your injuries, either by way of trial or settlement.