One of the most common strategies used by insurance companies to avoid paying accident victims the full amount owed is the “quick settlement” approach. If an insurance company senses that an accident victim is facing financial pressures such as mounting medical bills, the company may aggressively try to reach a quick - and often very low - settlement.
Be very careful if approached early on by an insurance company with an offer to settle the case -- many people make costly mistakes by settling their case for too little and then face the reality of future medical bills that they must pay out of their own pocket.
An insurance company using the “quick settlement” tactic may have a claims adjuster contact you very soon after your accident, sometimes even before you have filed a claim. This is when accident victims are often most vulnerable. You may still be adjusting to the physical and emotional impact of the accident and you might be under a lot of pressure due to lost work time and expensive medical bills. If you do not have health insurance, you might also be having difficulty even getting all the medical attention you require.
The insurance company may offer to pay you money to resolve your injury claim which is far less than your case is worth. If you accept this money, the insurer will usually require you to sign a release of all of your rights which will prevent you from recovering anything else in the future even if you later discover severe problems arising from your accident.
Claims adjusters know that if they contact an injury victim shortly after an accident, it is statistically more likely that the victim will not yet had the chance to consult with a lawyer. The insurance company may try to take advantage of injury victims who do not know their rights.
Be very careful if the insurance company is pushing for a quick settlement and always obtain a case evaluation by a qualified lawyer before agreeing to anything. We are here to evaluate your case and answer your questions, without charge.
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Don is a founding partner and one of the nation’s top-ranked personal injury litigators. He is a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes less than 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers, and awarded the highest ranking given by Martindale Hubbel and AVVO.
More importantly, Don understands representing personal injury victims is about more than recovering the best settlement: it’s about helping clients get back on their feet and supporting them in every aspect of their recovery.
In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.
Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.
For more than four decades, Keith has been fighting for injury victims. During that time, he’s watched the insurance industry change, with insurers now more interested in protecting their stock price than treating injury victims fairly.
Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.
Over the decades, Keith, Don and Jason have fought relentlessly for clients, even when other lawyers have said the case was impossible to win.
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