After the sound of screeching tires and the jolt of the forceful impact, you may feel lucky to be alive after being hit by a big rig. As a result, you may want to get your accident injury claim put behind you so you can move forward with the rest of your life. While it may sound tempting to accept the first or second offer from the insurance company representing the truck driver or trucking company, it is important to know why you don’t want to rush into settling with the insurance company following a truck crash.
What if you accepted a settlement for your personal injury claim but found out a week later that you are suffering from another injury that didn’t manifest until then? If you accepted a payout as a settlement for your injury claim, you cannot turn around and collect a recovery for a delayed injury. This is why it is critical to your case to not accept a settlement until you know the full extent of your injuries. In fact, it is smart to wait until you fully recover, or recover the most you are going to, before accepting a settlement offer on your injury claim.
How an Attorney Can Help You Decide When to Settle
If you are working with an attorney on your injury claim, he or she will advise you when the best time is to make a financial recovery and will do the negotiating for you. Because a truck accident claim can include more than just compensation for hospital bills and other medical expenses, you need to know what your claim is really worth before agreeing to accept any dollar figure. If you are considering accepting a settlement without legal advice, read our recent article on representing yourself in injury cases.
Even if you aren’t sure that you want an attorney to handle your claim, it is best to meet with a trusted lawyer to talk about your case. We would be happy to talk with you about your injury claim and answer your questions in free consultation. You can reach our office at (301) 942-9118 today.