Seattle, WA asked in Personal Injury for Washington

Q: The insurance Company for the driver that hit me offered a 100,00 Settlement, I want More, Should I get a lawyer?

The accident caused a traumatic brain injury, i was hospitalized for a month then for 2 weeks again a couple of months later. I was crossing the street when the driver stoped the car, there was a problem with his break so even though he stoped, it still hit me. I also still take physical therapy for my then fracture leg that still hurts. All the bills were paid for. There’s no reason for me not to take it, but I feel if you’re going to damage my brain and ruin my life, I should at least have enough money to live comfortably. It happened in lake Stevens WA. Also I was 17 years old. It was a year ago.

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David Alan Wolf
David Alan Wolf
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Answered

A: You should at least consult with an attorney to make sure that you are making the right decision on your case. Do not agree to a settlement until you consult with an attorney. Most attorneys will provide you with a Free Consultation.

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
Answered
  • Port Orchard, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Sorry to hear you are dealing with that. When you are talking about a case of that magnitude, you certainly should talk to a lawyer. Most personal injury offices, mine included, offer a free consultation. You can at least have someone look at the facts of your case and the documents you have received, and see if they can help you to do better financially.

It could be that is the best you are going to do, but generally insurance companies don't compensate you as best as is possible just out of the kindness of their hearts. Commonly, you have to get a lawyer involved to get your maximum compensation.

Even if there is no more money available, a personal injury attorney might assist by negotiating down your payback costs so that ultimately more money goes to you.

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