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Avoid Signing Documents After An Accident Until After Your Personal Injury Attorney Has Reviewed Them

There are a wide array of reasons as to why a person should not sign any releases, or other paperwork, after an accident. Medical and legal jargon is difficult to understand, and the translation of words or phrases can quickly become misinterpreted. If a possible legal action is part of the equation, some companies may attempt to retrieve a signature in hopes of dismissing a claim. Many organizations are even adding clauses and other fine print to help them achieve this goal. However, these items typically do not hold up in court, but still, let a reputable personal injury attorney review the papers first to avoid any confusion.

Reasons Not To Put Your John Hancock On Anything After An Accident

1. Signing a medical release form may result in losing leverage to the insurance company.

Do you have pre-existing medical conditions, or had different types of surgeries performed? Organizations in the insurance industry do not particularly have the best interests of the victim in mind. Instead, profits and bottom lines lead their thought process, and they look for any possible way to discredit injury claims. Willingly giving them access to medical records gives them the upper hand, and they will attempt to use pre-existing conditions as an excuse for some, if not all, of the blame for the current injury. An accident scene, as well as the hospital trip afterward, are often described as hectic and frantic. They offer an ideal time for documents to become thrown in your face for a signature. Attempt to keep your wits about you, and don’t sign anything until a thorough examination of the document has taken place by a personal injury attorney.

2. Identity theft and privacy issues are another reason not to sign paperwork.

As humans, we like to give people the benefit of the doubt, and we assume that individuals have good intentions unless they prove us otherwise. Unfortunately, the state that people are left in after an injury and accident makes them ideal candidates to become identity theft victims. The types of people that commit these actions are not concerned about you, and obtaining a signature can gain them access to different aspects your life. Privacy is also an issue after insurance companies receive medical records because they acquire information about you that is neither relevant to the case, nor is it appropriate to access this info.

Put A Proven Commodity On Your Side

Residents in Florida should not feel as if they have to face these complicated legal proceedings alone. Allow our firm the opportunity to show you why members of the Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and other surrounding areas have trusted us to represent them over the years. We offer free case reviews, so there is very little to lose and only rewards to gain if compensation becomes awarded. Medical and other documents will need to be released to the other party’s representation, but timing often makes the difference in these types of cases. We will release them at the appropriate time, but until then, avoid signing anything until we have reviewed its contents first.

Legal options are not right for everyone, but if you feel that you are owed compensation due to a car crash, a slip and fall accident, or even a dog bite, contact our knowledgeable team to discuss your rights. Our firm has settled over 10,000 accident and personal injury cases. We have the experience, professionalism, and ability to take your claim the distance if need be, but often company’s settle out of court rather than letting us get in front of a jury with our client. Our attorneys will do everything in their power to get the results for your case that you seek.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Avoid Signing Documents After An Accident Until After Your Personal Injury Attorney Has Reviewed Them

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