Until you have signed a release you have not committed to anything. Contact a personal injury attorney immediately to assist you through this
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Your case is only settled if a release was signed by you. Retain a personal injury lawyer in your state so you get maximum compensation as opposed to the tiny nuisance settlement they most likely offered you.
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Just as the other driver "admitted he was at fault", you may well have unwittingly admitted to all kinds of facts that are going to damage your case. So, yes retain an attorney ASAP to start damage control.
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The other answers are correct. If you do retain an attorney, he will be able to obtain a copy of your recorded statement to see if you said anything that could damage your case. If you have not been to a doctor, you should go as soon as possible since the longer you wait to seek medical attention, usually it lowers the value of the case.
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I agree with my colleagues. You need to consult with an attorney and seek quality medical examination and treatment, if necessary prior to making any further statements to the insurance company and certainly prior to signing any release of the claim.
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You should definitely consult an attorney as soon as possible. You also need to be seen by a physician to assess your injuries and condition. In the meantime, you should not talk with the insurance company and do not sign anything. As already mentioned, you haven't given up any legal rights if you haven't signed a release, although you may have compromised your legal position by providing a written statement. An attorney will be able to assess and do any necessary damage control.
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A person who is injured by the fault of another should be entitled to, and receive, some amount of recovery for damages. An insurance company will only pay what it has to pay. They deal with these situations day in and day out. A person who is injured in a car accident deals with this once... ever... if lucky... personal injury attorneys also deal with this day in and day out... one can see where this is going, right? A person who is injured in a motor vehicle accident which is the fault of another need only worry about one thing getting better... that is, if he or she hires a lawyer to handle the rest.
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If you are injured it is wise not to settle until a doctor clears you of any injuries. There is no settlement until you sign on the dotted line. Call a PI lawyer in Oakland and let him guide through this process. Best of luck.
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