When the dust settles after a motor vehicle accident many insurance companies will attempt to offer a quick settlement to the injured party. This is because the full extent of an injury is usually not known until a complete medical work-up has been performed and enough time has elapse to determine a proper diagnosis.
If you are asked to complete paperwork or sign forms provided by the insurance company, be very careful. If you are not sure what you are signing or what the documents means, you can always contact an attorney.
The one form that you should never sign unless you have consulted with an attorney and fully understand your legal rights is called a General Release. A General Release is a form the insurance company will want you to sign releasing them from any and all further liability resulting from the negligence of their insured. Once the form is signed the insurance carrier will be free from further claims of liability.
If you have been involved in a personal injury accident and would like to learn more about your legal rights, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.