Should I accept a car accident settlement if I’m still in pain?
Recently, our office was contacted by an individual injured in a rear-end car accident in Prince George’s County. The accident occurred about two weeks ago. Immediately after the accident this individual wasn’t feeling any pain, but days later their neck and back began to hurt.
GEICO, the insurance company of the negligent driver, quickly called the injured driver and offered $500.00 to “take care of them.”
The injured driver called our office complaining of neck and back pain, but was worried that they had settled their claim by accepting GEICO’s $500.00 “settlement” and signing the release.
Don’t accept GEICO’s quick settlement offer
Insurance companies like GEICO prey on car accident victims. Adjusters want claims closed and settled quickly. Immediately after your car accident you might not be in pain. Once you tell the insurance company you feel fine, they will quickly offer you money to resolve your claim. However, days or weeks later, you may start to feel the effects of your car accident.
You have plenty of time to resolve your bodily injury car accident claim. Wait a few days, or weeks, and then decide if you are really okay before accepting a settlement offer.
Or, contact a personal injury attorney, doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist to discuss your claim and injuries. As we previously written, you can rescind your personal injury settlement in Maryland.
In the above scenario, this individual should return the release and settlement check to GEICO. Then, they need to be seen by a doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist as soon as possible to document their injuries.
Our office can help facilitate returning the settlement to GEICO and helping you find a physician if you don’t already have one.
Call the Law Office of Ross W. Albers for a Free Consultation
If you are concerned that the insurance company is taking advantage of you, then do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Ross W. Albers to discuss your automobile accident case. We help our clients through all the phases of the claim and litigation process, including dealing with the insurance company. Contact our office today for a free consultation.