If the insurance company says that they will send someone over to my house and write me a check, should I agree to this?
I suggest you consult with an attorney before accepting any personal injury settlement.
Depends on how much it is and how you were injured. Sounds like they are trying to prevent you from hiring an attorney. Essentially buying your case on the cheap before you go see a professional. Go see an attorney and don't sign anything.
Unfortunately, this is not a question that any attorney can answer. First of all, you have provided no information as to the type of damages you have suffered. Secondly, you have not advised as to how much the insurance company has offered. Thirdly, there are many, many more variables that must be considered before an attorney can give you any type of legal advice and you have given none for me to consider.
Not without having an attorney review your case first. The insurance companies job is to complete and close the case quickly and for the least amount of money possible. Once you have accepted the check, you can never ask for any more money, you cannot sue them in court for anything additional either. I would strongly encourage you to seek counsel first.
No. When the insurance company deals directly with the claimant, in my experience, they usually want a quick settlement and you may not be totally healed. I recommend you talk to an attorney first, before accepting anything.
It depends upon your injuries, medical bills and how much the check is for. I would recommend consulting with an attorney first.
If its fair compensation. I'm guessing it's not. Consult with an attorney first.
It depends on the size of the claim and the complexity of the circumstances. Once you settle your claim, though, there is no second chance, so try to make sure you are covering all the bases. Your chances of getting a full, fair, and final settlement improve when you have an attorney on your side.
If the check is large enough.
It is impossible to answer your question without a lot more information such as how much money are you being offered and what are your injuries and damages. However, I would be suspicious of any insurance company who is willing to hand deliver a settlement check. This likely means they want you to take their offer and sign a release as soon as possible as they know they are paying less than your case is actually worth. I would strongly suggest contacting a personal injury attorney to discuss your case. Most offer a free initial consultation and you will then be in a better position to decide whether to accept the insurance company's offer.
Not until you talk to an attorney first. Why do you think they're so eager to give you money? Because they know if you talk to a lawyer, you'll probably learn that you are due quite a bit more. Get an attorney.
It depends on how serious and long lasting and permanent the injury is or may be. Settling an injury claim too early is not a good idea. You need to be sure you have fully recovered, or recovered as far as the doctors tell you, you will recover because once you settle you are done- there is o going back for more if the injury worsens or if other problems arise. Insurance companies try and settle before injured people can talk to an attorney and find out more about how much an injury might be worth. Call an attorney before settling.
No, not without discussing your case with an attorney. Do you think the insurance company has discussed your case with their lawyers? Why wouldn't you ant the same advantages for yourself? Consulting with a personal injury lawyer is free.
If you think it is a fair settlement, sure. But what's the hurry? Are you certain you won't need additional medical care? Are you certain you understand the terms of the settlement agreement? If the insurance company is willing to run over to your house to write you a check, why do you think they are so eager? Think it through carefully before you sign/accept anything. In most cases, once you sign the release, your claim is gone forever, even if you die the next day from an accident-related medical issue.
Your question does not provide enough information for me to know whether the amount the insurance company is offering is fair compensation for your injuries and it does not state whether the insurance you are talking about is the liability coverage for the person that caused your injuries, or your own insurance company writing you a check under your coverage. If you are talking about the liability insurance for the person who caused your injuries, you need to remember that the goal of every liability insurance adjuster is to pay the injured person as little as possible. The insurance adjuster has training and experience to know what your claim is really worth, but it is their job to save money for the company, and they do that by trying to pay you significantly less than what the claim is really worth. In Mississippi the liability insurance company does *_not_* have any duty of good faith and fair dealing with the injured party. Therefore the adjuster can lie to you and cheat you without penalty. I advise you to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your claim to make sure you are paid what you are entitled to under the law.
If you think that the amount is enough. They will want you to sign a release to get the check, and if you do you have released your entire claim and you will be done and can ever go back for more.
Most likely they will want you to sign a Release of all claims before they pay you. You should consult with an attorney so you can determine the fair value of your claim.
Not unless you talk to a personal injury attorney first. Carriers that seek a quick settlement typically do so to avoid a significant claim. In addition, you need to make sure that your medical condition has resolved before you consider settling. If for example, you suffered an injury that isn't readily apparent and may require additional treatment, you cannot seek compensation for that treatment after you settle.
Do not agree to any settlement that you are not happy with. You have three years in general to file suit.
It's up to you. I don't know anything about your case.
Before agreeing to any settlement, you need to understand that a settlement is a conclusion to your case. IF you are still treating with a health care provider or just don't have all the information needed, don't agree to a settlement prematurely. This type of activity sounds like a high pressure sales call that will not allow you to consider the settlement carefully.
If this is the very beginning of case, that is, your accident just happened, don't do it! This is a common tactic the insurance companies use. They contact you immediately and try to get you to agree to a ridiculously low figure so you cannot make any claim against them in the future. You should contact an experienced personal injury attorney for a free consultation to know your rights and what you may be entitled to.
If the settlement offer is fair, then you are certainly free to conclude your claim with the insurance company. You could always get the insurance company's best offer in writing and then consult with an attorney about whether or not you should accept the offer before signing a release.
Absolutely not without first speaking with a lawyer who can properly evaluate your case. Do you know what your case is worth? Do you know what the policy limits are of the insurance carrier? Have your injuries resolved? What is your future prognosis?
You will want to make sure that you are fully and completely compensated for your damages before agreeing to a settlement. Once you agree to a settlement and sign a release you can not go back and ask for additional money if your symptoms get worse or you incur additional medical expenses or lost income. It may be wise to consult with an attorney before your agree to a settlement and sign a release.
If you have a serious injury, no. If you have a minor injury you have recovered from, then go ahead and negotiate with them for your expenses, time loss and trouble. Otherwise, hire an attorney.
If you have a good case, that is, clear liability and genuine injury, see a personal injury lawyer. Iinsurance companies train their adjusters into talking you into taking 500, 600 or 1000 dollars for what might be a good claim. Always talk to a lawyer who knows something about injury claims first.. if you have a bruise on your leg and a small; dent in the bumper, take the$500, if you have serious injury always seek counsel.
NO! Definitely not. This is a well-established gimmick for insurance companies. They will offer $1,000. They might pay out $1,000 on ten claims in which they are not legally liable and technically don't have to pay a cent. But, then they will pay $1,000 on a claim in which they really should pay much more.
Not until you have finished treating for your injuries, your doctor has told you that you are at Maximum Medical Improvement and not likely to get worse, and you feel that you are being adequately compensated for your injuries, then it's not a good idea to accept a quick and early settlement.
NO. Not until you have been seen by your doctor. A quick settlement of injury claim will likely benefit only the insurance company.
That's an impossible question to answer, but probably not. If the amount being offered is fair and you have no question its fair, then yes; but otherwise, no. Id have to know more about the facts, the injury, the valuations of property damage, medical expense, wage loss, permanent impairment, reduced earning capacity and a whole lot of other elements of damage to evaluate your case. Experience tells me if the insurance company wants a quick settlement its to their advantage.
That is a loaded question. Short answer: probably not. It is not likely that an insurance company just decided to be fair in your case. Without knowledge of the facts, including your injuries, how you were injured, your long term prognosis, and hundreds of other possible variables, it is impossible to give you better advice. You should sit down with a lawyer for a free consultation.
It depends on the value of your case. It sounds like you are about to get taken by an insurance company.
Seek the advice of counsel before making an important decision like that. Insurance companies seem to low-ball people who try to represent themselves. I recently settled a case wherein Nationwide offered the injured party $1,000.00 for her pain and suffering because she had pre-existing back problems. I settled it for $15,000.00. Seek experienced counsel.
Once you do, your claim is over for forever. You need a good PI attorney to evaluate your claim.
I would be highly suspicious of that. I have never heard of that happening in a personal injury setting. If they are trying to do that, I could only presume they are trying to take advantage of you not having an attorney to advise you of all of your rights and what compensation you might truly obtain if you had a lawyer do your bidding. If they are talking about property damage regarding your car, that's a different story, so long as you don't waive your right to ask for more money if the repairs required are worse than what the adjuster thinks from his/her initial inspection.
It depends on the amount of the check. Have you consulted with an attorney about your case? If not, you should do so before accepting a check.
It depends on the amount.
You can do that; however, the insurance company's goal is to offer you the least amount of money possible to settle the claim. They often attempt to settle a claim very quickly in the manner you describe before you have a chance to speak to an attorney because, many times, an attorney can negotiate to get more money for you.
It is possible the offer is fair, but probably not. Most insurance companies will take advantage of the fact that you unrepresented. You would be well served to talk to a lawyer before you sign anything or accept a check.
I would recommend never signing off on a personal injury settlement or cashing a check from an insurance company without presenting your facts to an attorney who concentrates in this area of the law. They may be offering you significantly less than your claim is worth and you may be cutting off any future damages or treatment.
In all likelihood they are counting on your lack of knowledge for the value of the case to have you settle for pennies on the dollar.
That's hard to answer without knowing more. You can accept what they are offering if you believe it is fair. I would caution you to at least speak with an attorney before meeting if your injuries have not yet healed or if they are permanent or have resulted in you losing your ability to work. Why are they sending somebody over to the house? Don't let yourself be pressured. You can also negotiate over the phone and allow yourself overnight to "sleep on it."
Sure but I can guarantee you'll be ripped off.
Generally, no. Insurance companies will generally not offer the full value of a claim unless the injured party is represented by a lawyer. You should hire an experienced personal injury lawyer.
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