Today’s tip of the day is really simple: you absolutely should not sign a release issued by an insurance company (or anybody else) after your car accident before you have spoken with a qualified car accident lawyer. A release is a document typically provided by an insurance company and it has the potential to completely relieve them of any further liability to pay for the injuries and damages you suffered as a result of a car accident.
In Georgia, we have limited and general releases in car accident cases. What you must realize is that if you issue a general release to the at-fault party in a car accident case, it will bar you from seeking a recovery against your uninsured motorist policy. So, we have to be very careful about how what types of releases are issued to the at-fault party following an accident.
If you have questions about whether you should accept a proposed settlement after a car accident, call the car accident lawyers at The Sessions Law Firm for a free consultation. There are numerous factors (injuries, liens, reimbursement claims, available insurance limits, etc.) that should be considered before you accept a proposed settlement. If you have any question about what your ultimate recovery will be if you accept a settlement offer and issue a release to the insurer and/or their insured (the at-fault party in the car accident), do not accept it and consult an attorney that can you understand the implications of the decision.
Remember that once you decide to accept a settlement and issue the other party a release, particularly a general release, your claim is generally forever barred from being re-opened and litigated. This rule applies even if you subsequently discovery that your injuries were much more sever than you thought when you accepted the settlement.
Hiring a lawyer is about more than getting a great result in your case. We understand that for many of our clients, the event that led them to call us causes them tremendous stress and anxiety. We will help you understand the process and how we can help. When you hire The Sessions Law Firm for your case, you will have a lawyer that is willing to take the time to help you and committed to delivering the best results possible.