Q: Why can’t I just handle my truck accident claim myself?
If you attempt to settle your truck injury claim on your own, you may only receive a fraction of the compensation you’re actually entitled to, or you might not be awarded any damages at all.
Don’t Settle Your Claim Alone
When you’ve been injured in a collision with a truck, you need an attorney to help you:
- Evaluate settlement offers. Since you don’t negotiate insurance claims for a living, you’ll be at a serious disadvantage if you attempt to settle your case without legal representation. If you lack the experience necessary to properly determine the monetary value of your pain and suffering, you may accept significantly less than the amount you are entitled to. Since attorneys negotiate claims all the time, your lawyer knows how to accurately determine the value of your truck accident case.
- Evaluate the severity of your injuries. When you’ve been injured in a collision with a truck, all of your injuries might not be immediately apparent. Some injury symptoms, particularly those to the neck, back, or spine, may not surface for weeks or months. Medical treatments for these injuries can be complicated, time-consuming, and expensive, and you shouldn’t settle your case until you understand the full extent of your damages. An experienced attorney can properly evaluate your injuries, and ensure that you receive the compensation you need to cover your current and future medical expenses.
- Know when to sign a release. You can’t receive an insurance settlement until you send a signed release to the insurance company. This release absolves the truck driver, the trucking company, and the insurer of any further financial obligations. Before you sign a release, your attorney can tell you whether or not the settlement offer is fair.
You Need An Attorney
When you’ve been injured in a collision with a truck, you need representation by an experienced attorney to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. To discuss your claim, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by using the form on this page.