Recently, a mother called our office regarding her young daughter who had been injured in an auto accident. The other driver was clearly negligent and likely intoxicated. The insurance company called and called, wanting to settle very quickly.
The mother, thinking the daughter only had a sore wrist, accepted the settlement offer from the insurance company before her daughter’s medical treatment was finished Unfortunately, the injury did not heal normally and her daughter needed more treatment. The daughter actually needed extensive treatment, including lengthy physical therapy.
The mother called us wanting to know what could be done to hold the insurance company responsible. The simple answer was simple. Nothing.
Once the mother signed the release and took the settlement check, her daughter’s case was over. This scenario is a common trap the insurance company uses on injury victims. Insurance companies want you to feel rushed into settling your case, even if you are still receiving medical treatment.
Settling your case early is like taking a final exam after just two weeks in school. You do not have the information you need to achieve a successful outcome. Early in an injury case, you do not know how you are going to recover, or what your long term prognosis is. The answers to these questions make your claim more valuable, so you can see why the insurance company wants to settle your case fast.
At Weir & Kestner Injury Lawyers, we help injury victims avoid the many pitfalls that await, like settling too early. We have helped thousands of people locally get the case outcomes they deserve. When you call 615-220-HURT, our goal is to Win Your Case and Lose Your Stress.