Immediately following an accident like a vehicle collision or an injury involving a commercial vehicle, those injured can be in a particularly precarious position. Not only are you impaired physically, perhaps severely, but oftentimes emotions may be frayed and mental clarity may be elusive.
Many issues arise that need to be addressed and pressure mounts to make a decision on important matters that stem from the accident. Employment, health care, disruption of your life and daily routine, these are just the tip of the iceberg sometimes when an accident dismantles the rhythm of your everyday life.
But it’s extremely important to remember in the wake of an accident that some of these decisions should be thoughtfully made and considered carefully. Many of these decisions have long term ramifications and can have a tremendous impact on the path your life takes.
One of the biggest decisions you will make in the wake of a serious accident may be the acceptance of a settlement for damages in your case. It is not uncommon for insurers to reach out to accident victims with a settlement offer shortly after an accident.
These settlement offers often address immediate damages and come with a catch. The fact is that any settlement you accept will likely include the requirement of a release you sign waiving any rights to future damages.
The problem with that is all too often all damages don’t manifest immediately following an accident. Symptoms of soft tissue injuries, for instance, don’t often reveal themselves for weeks or months after the injury. Also, some of the less quantifiable losses you may incur (like loss of enjoyment, for instance) may not manifest for weeks or months down the line.
Signing away your rights to damages for a quick settlement may hinder your ability to resolve issues that result from your accident well after.
Seeking the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney like those of Bizzieri Law Offices in Chicago is the best way to ensure that your claim is given the full comprehensive consideration. Our skilled attorneys are able to assess all of the possible damages in your case and all of the responsible parties who may be held liable for those damages.
We consider your best interests from day one and fight assiduously to ensure we recover the highest damages award to which you are entitled. We always consider the long-term implications of your injuries and the entire scope of damages you may be entitled to.
Call our offices at 773.881.9000 to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney if you would like to discuss an accident claim. Consultation is free and we never collect a fee unless we recover damages for you. Call us today, we can help.