The aftermath of an auto or motorcycle accident can be wildly confusing and overwhelming, especially if you’re attempting to recover from mental or physical injuries. If the accident is serious enough and the at-fault party’s insurance company is involved, you can expect to receive an initial offer to compensate for your damages fairly swiftly once the paperwork has filed. However, it’s in your best interest to reject that initial offer and enlist the help of a qualified Ohio personal injury attorney for the following reasons:
- You’re Leaving Money on the Table: For obvious reasons, insurance companies tend to come in lower on their initial offers and that means you could be missing out on equitable compensation for the injuries you’ve incurred. Agreeing to their first offer often means signing away rights and privileges to pursue any future damages. If you’re not comfortable with that, do not accept the first offer.
- You Don’t Get the Prior Experience of an Attorney: If you settle a case on your own, you don’t get the professional guidance of a personal injury attorney who may better understand the real value of your injuries. He or she will have prior experience in the long-term value and impact of particular injuries and can advocate for you using all of that prior understanding.
- Underscoring the Significance of Your Injuries and the Other Person’s Fault: Oftentimes, agreeing to an initial settlement assigns only a certain amount of blame (often as low as possible) to the at-fault party and that could mean establishing less significance to your serious injuries. This means ongoing or chronic injuries suffered as a result of your accident are seen with diminishing importance as time goes on.
If you’ve been in a serious auto or motorcycle accident and you’ve begun the recovery process, your first call should be to a qualified personal attorney injury to assess the options and potential compensation routes. Garretson & Holcomb, LLC has been helping Mason and Hamilton victims pursue damages since 1980 and can put that experience to work for you. Call 513-863-6600 today to learn more.