Auto Accident In Florida? Beware of the other driver’s insurance carrier wanting you to sign a release a few days after the accident.

If you have been in an auto accident, it is important that you know the full extent of your injuries and damages before settling your claim or signing a release.  Typically when you sign a release, it means that you are then prevented from making any futher claims, it is the end of the story.

Recently, we've spoken with several people who have been injured in auto accidents in Florida who have related that the insurance claims adjuster for the at fault driver's insurance carrier has tried to get them to sign a Release in exchange for a few hundred or a few thousand dollars only a few days after the accident. 

Some of these accident victims have told us that the insurance claims adjuster assured them that it was only a partial settlement and release; that they were just trying to help the accident victim to get some money right away; that the injury victim didn't really need an attorney since the claims adjuster worked for "a really reputable company"; and that the release was just "standard paperwork" that they had to sign.  Turns out that these settlements and releases were not partial, but were in fact full releases – which means basically that the injured victim was prevented from making any further claims against the at fault driver or their insurance carrier; that the releases weren't partial but that they were full releases.

Is that the end of the story?  It depends.  If you find yourself in this situation, schedule a free consultation with an attorney who focuses on personal injury law, bring all of your paperwork to the appointment with the lawyer, and before your meeting with the attorney, jot down everything you remember about how and when the insurance claims adjuster contacted you and what they said about the release.

Of course it is better not to sign a release shortly after an auto accident, it is best to consult with an attorney before signing any releases; but if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having signed a release shortly after the accident, please sit down with an attorney to determine if there are ways to dispute and fight the release. 

For more information or a free consultation on your legal issue contact The Law Offices of Charles D. Scott PLLC, your injury law and family law attorneys, at 727-300-4878.

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