At-fault drivers and their insurance companies like to resolve accident claims quickly. Early settlement offers usually do not include the full amount of compensation owed to an injured party. Because of this, the car accident lawyers at Rutter Mills caution their clients not to accept quick or early payments from at-fault drivers of their insurers. They should consult with an experienced attorney from our firm. We can assess the full amount of damages that could be recoverable.
How Are You Forfeiting Damages When You Accept Early Compensation?
Insurance companies will generally not pay anything to an injured party unless they sign a release form. In signing, they agree that the proffered payment is the final settlement of all of the claims that they might later discover.
An accident victim will likely know how much it will cost to repair a damaged vehicle and what their medical costs and expenses are in the immediate aftermath of an accident. However, if their injuries are extensive, they might need further medical treatments and therapy. So, an early offer to pay compensation generally will not include reimbursement for those expenses.
What Additional Compensation Can an Accident Victim Recover?
The specific facts of each car accident will determine the amount of damages that an individual may be able to recover from an at-fault driver. In addition to property losses and immediate medical expenses, an accident victim may be entitled to compensation for:
- anticipated future medical treatments and consultations with doctors
- costs of physical and occupational therapy
- expenses for travel to and from medical appointments
- lost wages and reduced employment opportunities
- pain and suffering
- loss of consortium, and reduced enjoyment of time with the victim’s family.
Insurance companies often apply generic formulas to establish the settlements that they are willing to offer. However, a skillful lawyer will counter those settlements with facts and evidence of the full range of the individual’s losses– that is the direct result of the at-fault driver’s negligence.
Should You Accept Partial Payments in Anticipation of a Final Insurance Settlement?
An injured party who accepts any payments from an at-fault driver or their insurance risks losing the opportunity to recover a larger settlement offer. The better strategy is to resolve all compensation claims before any payments are accepted from the insurer.
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The Rutter Mills car accident attorneys in VA represent Virginia accident victims in settlement negotiation and car accident lawsuits with at-fault drivers and their insurance companies. Please see our website or contact us directly before you accept any payments or insurance settlements. We will provide a no-fee assessment of the total amount of damages that may be owed to you, and we will fight to recover the largest available damages award that you deserve.
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