Durham Jones & Pinegar | Erven Nelson
If an insurance company pays you any money, it will want a release that covers all of your injuries and claims forever. Otherwise, it won't settle. You need to make sure of what you are signing because generally speaking you can't go back and get more money later unless you can prove some fraud.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
The Lucky Law Firm, PLC | Robert Morrison Lucky
I would have to read the release of all claims to better assess the context of your question. Typically, the release of all claims just states that you forever release the insurance company and its insured(s) from any and all injuries that resulted from the incident in question. Feel free to contact my office to discuss further.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
In a non-worker's compensation case, such as for an accident, a general release is for life. The insurance company can't make you sign it, but the insurance company won't pay you unless you sign it. Because the release is for life, you need to be sure to consider all possibilities, including the costs of future care and any effects on your future earnings ability. This is where an experienced accident lawyer can be of benefit, especially if the injuries are serious and permanent. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
It really does not matter. Accepting their settlement bars you form filing a future claim for the defined injuries. Your case should be far enough along to know if all of your injuries are known and treated to the extent possible.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
A release is a release, it is forevermore. So if you have a problem that will continue for a long time into the future you don't sign a release. Release means the ballgame is over. Done, complete.
Answer Applies to: North Carolina
Law Offices of Frank M. Nunes, Inc. | Frank M. Nunes
If I understand your question: once an injured party signs a release does that include any later claims that may develop from the original accident - or is the release forever? The answer is yes. Insurance companies want to close their claim files as soon as possible. That is why the often call injured parties within days, sometimes house of the collision / accident. They want to "nip it in the bud", before the true extent of the harm becomes know. As injury claims linger, people being to see more and more of the harms and losses they suffer. These get added to the claim and can increase the value, or money the insurance company may end up paying to settle the claim. California Law says that a release only applies to the known claims from an accident. However, ALL insurance companies make the injured party give up this right when they sign a release for claims to their body or what are called bodily injury claims. This is why you should always consult with an experienced consumer lawyer who helps people with injury matters.
Answer Applies to: California
Law Office of Alan H. Segal | Alan H. Segal
The short answer to your question is that you will most likely be bound by the terms and conditions of what you sign. The release is essentially a contract. However, the insurance company cannot make you sign. Therefore, before you sign any release form with them, you should consult a professional attorney for advice, especially in such case that you believe future pain and suffering will most likely reoccur due to the injury. Our law office handles many cases like yours and will be glad to take a closer look at the details before you sign any agreement with them.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
David F. Stoddard | David F. Stoddard
The cannot make you sign anything. However, if you want to settle your case, you will need to sign a release agreeing that this is a final settlement, and agreeing that you cannot come back later an sue for more money, even if the injury turns out to be worse than you thought. Thus, you are settling your case once and for all and you are agreeing that this is a settlement for your injuries for the rest of your life. Your alternative is to go to trial but any jury award will be for the rest of your life.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
Gregory M Janks, PC | Gregory M Janks
I am not sure if I fully understand the question, but if you are asking whether as part of a pain & suffering settlement, the insurer for the other party may ask you to settle any and all past, present and future claims in exchange for the settlement, the answer is "yes" they may. Indeed, they virtually always do. From their perspective, they want to close the claim for all time and do not wish to have you come back in the future and claim more damages/monies. On the other hand, all Releases are subject to negotiation and if you can get them to leave certain claims open, then that may benefit you/set your mind at rest.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Curry, Roby & Mulvey Co., LLC | Bruce A. Curry
Yes. If the insurance company is settling with you, it's for a full and final settlement of all claims, regardless of what happens to you in the future. If you aren't sure that the amount offered will adequately compensate you, the perhaps you want to rethink proceeding with the settlement.
Answer Applies to: Ohio