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  • Writer's pictureJennifer D. Donnelly, Esq.

Insurance Documents | What Should I Sign After an Injury?

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So, you've been injured—whether in a car accident, at work, or on someone else's property—and now insurance companies are knocking at your door with documents to sign. It might feel overwhelming, but don't worry—we're here to guide you through this intimidating process.


Why You Need an Attorney

First things first, before you put pen to paper, it's crucial to consult with a personal injury attorney. Why? Because understanding the legal jargon and the potential impact of what you're signing can be complex. An attorney can break it down for you, explain your rights, and guide you on whether signing these documents is even necessary. Trust us; it's better to be safe than sorry.



Decoding the Documents

Insurance companies are notorious for sending a slew of forms your way—medical authorizations, settlement offers, releases—you name it. Each form has its own set of implications and consequences, so understanding them is key.


For instance, signing a medical authorization might seem harmless, but it could give the insurance company access to your entire medical history. They could use this against you to downplay the severity of your injuries. Or, they might dangle a quick settlement offer in front of you, asking you to sign away your rights in exchange for a speedy payout. Without a clear understanding of your injuries and future medical needs, you could end up settling for far less than you deserve.


That's where an attorney comes in handy. They'll help you decipher these documents, ensure you're not getting the short end of the stick, and fight to maximize your compensation.


Timeliness Is Key, But DON’T Let Time Pressure You

While it's essential to act promptly, don't let deadlines force you into making hasty decisions. Yes, there might be time constraints associated with your claim, but that doesn't mean you should sign without fully grasping what you're agreeing to.


Early consultation with a personal injury attorney can help you navigate these deadlines while safeguarding your legal rights. Plus, once you have an attorney on board, they'll handle the paperwork, sparing you from drowning in a sea of legal documents.


In Conclusion

Navigating insurance documents after an injury can be a daunting task, but you don't have to go it alone. By consulting with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney, you can ensure you're making informed decisions, protecting your rights, and setting yourself up for fair compensation.


So, before you sign on the dotted line, give us a call. We're here to help you every step of the way.


 

At Kimmel Carter, our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to guiding you through the Delaware Personal Injury process. If you have been involved in an accident, please call us for a free legal consultation at (302) 565-6100.






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