What does consent to settle mean and what is a hammer clause?

Consent to settle is a provision in liability policies that states the insurance company will not settle any claim without your prior consent. Most policies have a hammer clause which comes into play if the final settlement to the other party is higher than the insurance company’s original settlement offer. The hammer clause is usually a split percentage such as 80/20 and represents a sharing of the amount paid to the other party that exceeds the original offer.

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