After traffic accidents and other common incidents causing injury, you will typically be contacted by the responsible party’s insurance company. They may offer to settle your claim right away for what sounds like a reasonable amount of money. If you have been injured or a loved one has died, however, you should definitely talk to an attorney before accepting any settlement offer.
Insurance companies are in a stronger bargaining position than you are. They have more information and power, and — crucially — they are not injured. Being injured often means your medical bills are piling up right when you cannot work. Your ordinary bills keep piling up, but you may feel pressure to pay your medical bills or risk foregoing treatment. You are in need of money right now, and you may be tempted to take the money immediately. If you do, there is no changing your mind.
You and your doctor may not even know the full extent of your injuries yet. How can you predict what treatment you may need? Will that settlement cover everything in your case — or will it just be an estimate of what the average person in your situation needs?
Before you accept any settlement offer, you have the right to get it evaluated by a personal injury lawyer, and we would be happy to provide you with a free case consultation. To set one up, call us today contact us online.