Should I Sign Documents Including a Release for an Insurance Company Following a Florida Automobile Accident?

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Following a Florida Automobile Accident, should I sign documents including a release for an automobile insurance company or another insurance company? The simple answer to this question is “No”. However, further explanation is needed so that the injury victim has a better understanding the the legal and insurance process. The documents should not be signed or completed without first contacting an attorney for legal advice, consultation, and representation. Soon after the typical Florida automobile accident, insurance adjusters are working the file and the claim. Some companies act very quickly to resolve the case and get the injury victim to sign a Release for a nominal settlement. Before documents are signed, it is important for the injury victim to understand the meaning and impact of signing said documents. For instance, if an injury victim accepts $500 as a settlement even though the claim is worth many times more than this amount AND the injury victim signs a Release, the injury victim may have then waived future rights to compensation. The Release may be upheld even though the settlement was patently unfair and even though the injury victim did not have the beneft of legal counsel or advice.
In the first few days following an accident, there is often confusion, pain, discomfort, and disorganization. Because of this, many insurance companies try to act within this time to enter into or obtain a quick settlement. Many unsuspecting injury victims accept the small settlement offer that is put in front of their face in order to get some quick money and get through the week. In Florida, if you sign a document, it can be presumed that you read and understood the document. While there may be some arguments of fraud or undue influence, it is typically an uphill battle to get a Release nullified by the Courts. Because of this, it is important for injury victims to consult with a Florida Personal Injury Attorney before any documents including release documents are signed by an injury victim.
Automobile accident and personal injury cases in the State of Florida are typically handled on a contingency basis – No Recovery – No Fees. Furthermore, initial consultations with a Florida Automobile Accident Attorney are free. The attorneys at Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. – a law firm based in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – have been representing accident and injury victims since 1957. Contact an attorney at Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. for a free consultation today. Each law partner at Wood, Atter & Wolf P.A. has over 20 years of legal experience. The founding partner of the firm has over 50 years of experience in helping injury victims. The attorneys at Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. are dedicated to the concepts and values of family, justice, and fair compensation.

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