If you’ve been in a car accident, and don’t know a lawyer personally, there might be a temptation to call the number off the billboard and get a ‘check for your wreck.’ Be careful! You might not be getting the best and most thorough representation. You might get a fast settlement but will you be fairly compensated?
Lawyers often attempt to attract clients by offering speedy settlements which lead to quick cash. Getting a check for a wreck may sound great, but, to quote an older lawyer, “once you leap, you’ve lept.” Quick settlements often require you to release all of your claims. Accepting compensation in exchange for a release of all your claims means you can never go back and get additional compensation. If your injuries turn out to be much worse than anyone ever imagined at the time of the settlement, you can’t go back and get more money.
One of the most common injuries resulting from being in a car wreck is the slamming of the brain into the interior of the skull resulting in the traumatic brain injury known as a concussion. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea and confusion. Brain injury symptoms can continue for weeks or even months. But the most disturbing part is that sometimes related symptoms do not even appear until months later or when they do appear can last for several months. See http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-concussion-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20032705. If you’ve already settled, you have little recourse to go back and make further claims.
A quick settlement with quick cash sounds like a great idea. Settling your claims against an insurance company may seem like a great idea, but make sure that all your symptoms have resolved, or at least manifested, before agreeing to release your claims.
If you have been in an automobile accident, call us and we can give you a free consultation about your situation. We’ll give your case the thorough attention it deserves.