Why You Should Not Sign Anything Without an Attorney

When you have a legal case that could result in compensation, it is important that you never sign anything without first speaking with an attorney. Regardless of the type of case you are facing, once you sign on the dotted line of a settlement or insurance claim, you will not be able to get any additional compensation down the road.

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Personal Injury Settlements

If you have been injured on someone’s property, by a product, on the job, or due to someone’s negligence, you may be asked to sign something stating that the property owner or party is not liable for your medical costs, and that you will not sue. Once you sign such a statement, your ability to receive compensation is gone. Sometimes you may be asked to sign such a statement while receiving a small check for your medical expenses. Before signing anything or cashing the check, contact an attorney to make sure that the settlement is fair and equitable.

Employment Law

If you have been wronged by your employer, your employer may ask you to sign a form stating that you will not sue based on their actions to resolve the matter. If you lost your job, lost time at work, or were discriminated against, you actually have a right to financial compensation. Signing such documents keeps you from getting the compensation that you are entitled to. Contact an attorney to get more information before signing.

Insurance Claims

Whether you are dealing with car insurance or homeowner’s insurance, signing on the dotted line or cashing the insurance claim check precludes you from getting any additional compensation. Often, insurance companies will offer a settlement as low as they dare, without really giving you the full compensation you are entitled to. Once you cash the claim check, you can’t get any more compensation.

If you have a legal case or settlement that is pending, contact us today for more information and a consultation before signing on the dotted line. One phone call to our offices could help you get more compensation than you are being offered.