After an accident, the insurance company for the at-fault party often tries to contact you right away. They will want to acquire facts about the accident. Often, they will seek a recorded statement. They will also often ask, are you injured? One of the biggest mistakes in cases is when a person says they are not injured or minimally injured, and it is preserved in an insurance company recording. If things change—and you later find out more about your injuries, it can be challenging to disavow the answers in the recording. And, let us assure you, the insurance company WILL USE IT against you.
If you sign a Release, it will then release their driver from any additional claims you may assert. Sadly, we have seen where people have been tricked and told that they can sign for a small settlement along with the release and then if there are more injuries, they can make another claim. This sadly is not true. (Although, on a side note, the litigation staff at Zachar Law Firm has fought this issue.)
It is essential to understand that after an accident, you may not experience pain and symptoms for up to a few days after the accident. The pain you are experiencing often does not go away on its own. After an accident, if you are experiencing pain or symptoms, it is a good idea to see a medical professional right away, whether it be your primary care physician, an urgent care, emergency room, chiropractor or other. You may have experienced a significant injury but also have a high pain tolerance, so there may be some serious medical issues. Avoiding or postponing medical treatment can dramatically cost you down the road, not just physically but financially. This is why meeting with a medical professional immediately after an accident and before you sign a release is so important.
Signing a quick settlement before meeting with a medical professional can be a critical mistake. You should not sign or accept a settlement until you have met with a doctor or completed your medical treatment for the accident. More importantly, you should not accept a settlement until you discuss it with an experienced Phoenix injury lawyer. In Arizona, the Release will forever bar claims for medical bills; time missed from work, pain and suffering, future medical treatment, property damaged and more. The experienced attorneys at the Zachar Law Firm make sure the settlement and release are not signed until your damages have been thoroughly evaluated.
Zachar Law Firm understands and fights for the full value of your claim. We keep you involved in the settlement process and explain the positives and negatives of settlement in your case. Insurance companies often look to settle your case quickly and move to the next one. At Zachar Law Firm, you are our client. We don’t treat you like a number--we treat you like a person. We understand how accidents personally affect people and how injuries are unique to each person. We advocate for you to make sure that you are adequately compensated for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages and any other damages you may have which are related to the accident.