Don't End Your Personal Injury Case Too Soon

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Hurt drivers usually want to get their lives back to normal again – and who could blame them? If you've been injured in a car accident that was caused by a careless driver, you may be suffering from all kinds of issues. When you add up those issues, you may want to be paid and that is where many accident victims make their first mistake in dealing with their claim. Read on to find out more about how ending your case too soon could be a big mistake.

You Receive an Offer

You may still be recuperating when you are contacted by the insurance adjuster for the at-fault driver. They may tempt you into giving a recorded interview about the accident by waving a check before you. Since you are highly motivated to get things over with and need the money, you may agree. Unfortunately, these actions will probably result in you saying things that could damage your case. Additionally, you will be asked to sign an accident release in order to get the check. That means you can no longer take action against the other driver. The check is often inadequate, unfortunately.

What Happens if You Wait?

If you resist the allure of quick and easy money, you might end up receiving far more than you imagined possible. Waiting only a few days could result in learning how much you should be getting and leaving that chore in the hands of a professional. Simply talk to a personal injury lawyer about your case and find out what it's worth. Once you do that, you will realize how inadequate the insurer's offer is. In most cases, they are not offering you enough for the following common car accident damages:

  • Medical expenses.
  • Future medical expenses (those that occur later on, such as surgeries that have to be performed in the future).
  • Lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering.

And more.

Pain and Suffering – A Category All Its Own

Some of the above are only possible by taking legal action against the other side. Take, for example, pain and suffering. This form of damage is meant to cover the general negative effects of the accident and the injuries on a victim. You won't be offered payment for pain and suffering from the insurer automatically. Given that, it's no surprise that this category can exceed that of medical bills (such as, multiply your medical bills by 3 or 4) for a settlement of many thousands of dollars.

Many personal injury lawyers will look at your case free of charge. Speak to a car accident attorney to find out more.


6 May 2020