Many people do not consider their legal rights whenever they have been hurt or seriously injured in an accident caused by another person. The reason for this is simply because the other party’s insurance company quickly responds and offers to cover any immediate medical expenses. Since there are no out-of-pocket expenses for the injured person, they happily agree to sign whatever papers are needed to get the matter resolved and go on with their life. However, this is what insurance companies want you to do, because it means they are able to close claims for the lowest possible amounts.
The next time you are involved in an accident, prior to talking to the other party’s insurance company, take a few moments and consider all of your options. How seriously were you hurt? Some injuries do not fully manifest themselves until several hours, days, or even weeks later. Even if your immediate injuries are treated, you could require long term care, physical therapy, or surgery, later on in the future. If you are quick to sign paperwork and close the claim with the other party’s insurance, you are signing away any future monetary claims. After receiving medical treatment and completing any police or accident reports, you should contact a personal injury lawyer, like here at Madison Law Group in Los Angeles.
If you are in Los Angeles, it is worth your time to discuss your accident with our personal injury lawyer. During your initial free consultation, you are able to learn more about your legal rights, as well as whether you have grounds to file a claim. Should the other party’s insurance company attempt to contact you prior to your consultation, do not speak to them, as anything you tell them may be used against you later.