If you suffer a personal injury in a car accident or other event that is someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Immediately following the accident is not the time to accept a personal injury settlement. This is especially true if you are still treating for your injuries, or if the full nature and extent of your injuries is not yet known. Typically a personal injury settlement will be a one-time payment, and the insurance company or the party who caused your injuries will demand that you sign a release in exchange for the payment.
Beware of the release! A release is an important contractual document that will affect your legal rights. It will likely bar you from pursuing your legal claims or requesting additional compensation should your injuries be worse than initially contemplated. You should always consult with an experienced attorney before signing a release of your personal injury claims.
At the Swenson Lervick Law Firm, we have experienced personal injury attorneys who will advise you of your legal rights and will help you decide whether accepting a settlement is in your best interests. If you have been injured, we would be happy to meet with you to answer your questions free of charge and with no obligation to retain us. Our firm only charges a fee in personal injury cases if you actually retain us to represent you and we recover money on your behalf. For more information, please contact Derek Trosvig or Tom Jacobson.