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Quick To Settle? Don't Be In Such A Hurry After Your Accident

by Maurice Moore

If you have been injured in a wreck that was not your fault, you may feel a bit impatient to get your life back to normal again. It's only natural to feel that way because accidents can really shake things up. On the other hand, taking actions that are not well thought out can also be extremely unwise. Read on and learn why victims need to slow down and consider their choices after a vehicle accident.

Under Pressure to Settle

Unfortunately, many accident victims are so eager to get things settled that they cut short their compensation. A lot of the blame for this rests with the other driver's insurance company. Their accident adjuster may begin to phone victims while they are still recovering from their injuries to speak to them about settling. When that happens, it means that:

  1. The other driver is clearly at fault and their insurer knows it.
  2. Your injuries and medical bills are already considerable, and the insurer anticipates that they will rise even higher if the case goes on much longer.
  3. Once you agree to a settlement and sign the accident release, you cannot come back and request more money when you need it in the future.
  4. Victims still recovering from injuries are often confused and may agree to a less than adequate settlement amount.

What Victims Need to Know

Knowing that the other side's adjuster is not on your side is an important first step. The next step is to speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. That way, you will be protected from bad settlements and tricky adjusters that don't have your best interests at heart. Your lawyer can communicate with the other side for you and negotiate to get you the settlement you deserve.

Why Not Settle Early?

Beyond the issues mentioned above, some victims don't take into account future medical needs. If your injuries are serious, you may need more surgery, medication, physical therapy, etc. in the future. However, once you settle, you cannot include future medical needs. Your personal injury lawyer will coordinate between your doctor and others to determine how much compensation will be necessary in the future and add that form of damage to your settlement. That way you are covered for what happens next.

You cannot be expected to recover from an accident while dealing with the complexities of a car accident case. Speak to a personal injury law firm, such as The Radmore Law Firm, about your accident and get them started on a settlement that covers your needs completely.