I have a personal injury case. The at-fault driver’s insurance company has offered me $33,000 to settle the case. I don’t think it is enough and I want a trial. Will the jury know that the defendant offered me $33,000?
Under Tennessee law, the answer is generally "no." Absent exceptional circumstances, settlement offers are not admissible into evidence at a trial.
Likewise, settlement proposals are not admissible into evidence at ta trial. Therefore, if you offered to settle your case for $50,000, and then went to trial and sought a greater amount of damages, the insurance company would not be permitted to tell the judge or jury that you were willing to settle for $50,000.