I was rear ended by a minor with a license while sitting at a red light. He thought it turned green and plowed his pick up into me. I hurt my knees and lower right back so I was taken to an area hospital where they did an xray on my back called it a sprain. Gave me meds and sent me home. I am a stay at home mom to two kids one with special needs. So in the days since I am very stiff. I feel like I can't move without feeling like a robot all the way up to my neck. Car is in shop, my insurance provides rental car so that's done. We both have the same insurance company. So I scheduled a doc appointment that I have tomorrow. The liability ins person called and said she will call in a few days to talk settlement. That seems really fast.
You should definitely contact an attorney to represent you. The insurance company will want you to sign a release as soon as possible. It will be more than happy to pay for your initial doctor bills and a small amount for your pain and inconvenience just so it can close your case. Then, if you need future treatment the insurance company will be entirely off the hook and you will have to foot the bills.
An attorney can make sure that the insurance company offers a reasonable amount for your injuries and takes future care into account.
Do not let the insurance company talk you into a fast settlement. Once you sign the case is over.
Make sure you follow your doctor's advice and wait until you get better before you settle.
Also do not let them record your statement , because it could be used against you.
I've put a few links below so you can educate yourself about the best steps to take.
I wish you a speedy recovery. Take a look at the personal injury videos and the car accident and personal injury practice center.
Tony Castelli attorney
This is not legal advice. You should always contact a lawyer in your jurisdition for legal advice
Attorney Castelli explained the facts well above. As a matter of fact if he is geographically close I would suggest contacting him. Please hire an attorney to protect your interests and hope you feel better.
The insurance carrier baits with talk of a settlement to maintain control of the situation. Consult with local and qualified counsel. Their job is to minimize claims.
Personal injury cases only; I'm good at it; you be the Judge! All information provided is for informational and educational purposes only. No attorney client relationship has been formed or should be inferred. Please speak with a local and qualified attorney. I truly wish you and those close to you all the best. Jeff www.nyelderinjurylaw.com
Never try to settle a car accident claim without an attorney, or you will either get #1 no money, or #2 a nuisance settlement.
Don't make any statements to any insurance company. Retain a local personal injury lawyer in your city to get you maximum compensation.
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Of course it is too fast. Do not speak with the insurance company or give them a statement until you have spoken with your personal injury attorney.You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing.
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