If you have been injured in an accident and receive a settlement offer from the insurance company, it might be tempting to accept that settlement immediately without first talking to a personal injury attorney. After all, your goal is to get the case settled as quickly as possible. However, there are three important reasons that it is better to talk to an attorney first. Keep reading to learn what they are and then contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 to request a free legal consultation.
- You Do Not Want to Accept an Unfair Offer
- You Do Not Want to Risk Being Held Liable for Defense Costs
- You Do Not Want to Settle Based Only on Your Current Damages
Of course, the main reason you should not accept an injury settlement without talking to your attorney is that the amount of the offer might not be fair. In fact, an insurance company might offer you less just because you are not working with an attorney. They can work to convince you that they are offering you the best possible settlement and that the sooner you accept it, the better off you will be.
These offers often do not take into consideration your future costs, such as future medical bills, and your non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. You need an attorney who has access to the statistics and experts who can determine a real estimate of your actual damages.
You are likely not aware of the fact that if you reject a fair settlement, you could end up being responsible for paying the legal costs of the defense. This is part of the California Code of Civil Procedure – if you win less in court than you were offered in a settlement, you might be responsible for some of the court costs.
Insurance companies can be very convincing when they encourage you to settle sooner rather than later. They are doing this for two reasons. One, they do not want you to hire a personal injury attorney. Two, they know that as time goes on, the cost of treating your injuries are likely to go up. They also know that on your own, you might not know that they are responsible for paying not just current medical bills but estimated future medical bills related to the accident.
Now is the Time to Call for a Free Legal Consultation
The facts are clear: There is no reason to wait to contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for a free legal consultation. This consultation does not put you at any risk. If you decide not to work with us and to take the settlement, then you will not owe us for any legal fees. It is worth at last talking to an attorney to find out the long-term options.