Fast Auto Accident Settlements Aren’t Always the Best Settlements

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When you’ve been through an auto accident in Atlanta, Georgia, you want to focus on physical and mental recovery. Part of that recovery process is, unfortunately, getting compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. But a fair and complete settlement requires negotiation with an insurance company, either your insurance or the insurance company of the other driver. The strong desire to “take the bird in hand” and get on with your life may tempt an an auto accident victim to accept a quick settlement — whatever they offer. But this may not be the best course of action.

In Georgia, insurance companies are required to adjust (evaluate) your claim quickly and in good faith. Their primary interest, however, is to protect their company’s assets and pay out as little as possible to accident victims. This is the case whether it is your auto insurance company or the other driver’s insurance.  If and when you speak to the insurance company, the adjuster may tell you that this is what we are offering and it is non-negotiable. Keep in mind that everything is negotiable and, if the adjuster is unreasonable, then you can resort to the court system.

Suffering a soft tissue injury is an especially difficult claim for the insurance company to manage. They are also most likely to get minimal consideration by the insurance adjuster. Most soft tissue injuries do not show up on an x-ray or MRI. They’re in the daily aches and pains of the victim. Anyone can see a broken bone in an x-ray and say, “Ah ha! Broken leg! No argument here!” The difficulty in evaluating these soft tissue injury claims allows insurance companies to swiftly deny valid claims or to make a very low offer.

This is where having an Atlanta Georgia personal injury attorney leading the process for you from the beginning a case and helping make the decision to escalate your claim to litigation. Filing a lawsuit shows the insurance company that you’re serious and willing to swear in front of an impartial jury that you’re truly suffering. Filing a lawsuit also requires the insurance company to hire an attorney. They then also have to weigh the cost of litigation against a fair settlement to resolve your case.

We’ve all seen those loud and brash advertisements on TV with lawyers promising fast settlement for top dollar. Don’t be fooled. Those law firms must face the same challenges, and they are less interested in the soft tissue personal injury cases choosing to encourage settlement for the insurance company’s early offers or pass on the case.

Be sure that you recover for all of your present AND future medical expenses and pain and suffering resulting from your personal injury. The safest course is to consult with an Atlanta, Georgia personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The facts and evidence need to be secured immediately, and your medical condition needs to be carefully monitored. Contact the Law Office Of Sidney Weinstein, 24/7, for a free accident and personal injury consultation by calling 404-522-3108. We can come to you at your home or any of the Atlanta, Georgia area hospitals including Grady Memorial Hospital and Atlanta Medical Center.

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