If you’ve been injured in an accident – whether a car or motorcycle crash, a bad product, a slip and fall or even a construction site mishap – you may very well be facing a long recovery and mounting medical bills. You may not be able to work temporarily and maybe even for the long-term. Your quality of life will certainly be impacted; you may not be able to engage in sports or other activities you love to do.
All of that being said, if your injuries are due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve maximum compensation to pay your bills. Further, you have every right to hold the other party responsible for their mistakes. You need and want justice, that’s understandable.
When you report an accident, it’s quite likely that a representative of the company or its insurance carrier (or both!) will contact you. They will ask you plenty of questions about what happened. Rest assured, they will act sympathetic to your situation. So much so, in fact, that it’s not unusual to forget that they work for the other side!
When a representative from the insurance company tells you that you don’t need a lawyer, that should send up red flags. Their next step may be to offer you a settlement. They may tell you that you can avoid lawyers fees and get the money you need right away by accepting a generous settlement offer from them.
- When you accept the check, you forfeit your right to sue.
- It’s also likely you just settled for far less than an experienced lawyer could have gotten you.
In most cases, the insurance adjuster isn’t trying to trick you. It’s their job to get you to settle for as little money as possible. They protect their employer’s interests first. You need someone to look out for you and make sure you get the maximum amount of damages possible to cover your medical bills and pain and suffering.
When you contact the savvy personal injury lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC, you can rest assured that we will fight for your rights. We negotiate skillfully with insurance companies. However, we are well known throughout New Jersey for our willingness to take a case to court when the other side isn’t willing to negotiate a reasonable settlement.
Contact us today for a free consultation about your accident and injuries. Don’t worry, the insurance carrier’s low-ball settlement offer isn’t going anywhere – even if they tell you it’s a one-time deal. Don’t believe it! We take cases on contingency; if we don’t win damages for you, you don’t pay a dime.