Q: I was recently in a car accident that wasn't my fault and injured my left knee.
The other persons insurance company wants me to sign a release for now and then pay me. Im not sure if i should sign the form now and settle or if i should get a lawyer.
A: My recommendation, do not sign the release form and settle, get an attorney to represent you. I recommend that you reach out to an attorney who practices Personal Injury. Most insurance companies do not have your best interest at heart. They will not voluntarily disclose all your options for recovery and explain how you can maximize those options. An attorney can represent you and obtain the right financial recovery that you deserve. Do not sign the form and settle for less recovery than you can obtain. An attorney will help you to obtain your maximum amount of recovery.
It's a difficult question to answer without knowing more about the level of injury. Hopefully, you are okay. The decision could be easier to make after arranging a consult with a North Carolina personal injury attorney. Without knowing anything about the release you're being asked to sign, this much can be said - a release generally means giving up rights to all future claims in exchange for the settlement check. Good luck
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