If you’ve been involved in a Michigan auto accident, a representative from your insurance company may show up and ask you to sign a release or statement about the extent of your injuries or damage to your vehicle. Under no circumstances should you sign anything from your insurance company until your Michigan no-fault accident attorney has reviewed the statement.
You may think that since you have no-fault insurance all your accident injuries will be covered by your insurance. But the Detroit auto accident attorneys at Sachs Waldman, P.C. have seen numerous accident injury victims cheated of benefits they’re entitled to because their no-fault insurance company convinced them to sign a document that limited the insurance company’s level of responsibility.
Contrary to what most people think, your no-fault insurance company is not on your side. They don’t actually want to pay for your medical treatment and other benefits when you’re in an accident. It’s not in their best interest to make sure you get all the treatment you need or compensate you for all the income lost to your injuries because every pay-out hurts their bottom line. Insurance companies are out to make money and please stockholders, not advocate for your rights.
When a claim adjuster shows up at a Michigan auto accident, his or her goal is to assess the vehicle damage and claimant’s injuries and hopefully find a way to minimize how much the insurance company will have to pay out. One of the ways they accomplish this is to have the injury victim attest to the extent of their injuries early and convince the victim to sign a document releasing the company of any responsibility for injuries not yet detected.
Detroit no-fault accident attorneys know that signing these documents is a bad idea because at the time of an accident, or even soon afterward, it can be difficult to know the extent of injuries. Some injuries, especially injuries to the back, neck or head, don’t manifest until days later. If you’ve signed the insurance company’s document before those symptoms manifest, you will have great difficulty getting your insurance company to pay for the treatment of those injuries and other related benefits. In fact, it may be impossible to get those badly needed benefits without the assistance of an experienced Detroit personal injury attorney.
If you’ve been in a Michigan auto accident DO NOT sign any releases or statements from an insurance company at all and DO NOT make any statements to your insurance company or other people in the accident about the extent of your injuries. Instead, get medical attention immediately and call your Michigan no-fault accident attorney as soon as possible. If your insurance company asks you to sign something, tell them you need to have the document reviewed by a Detroit personal injury attorney first.
In Michigan, the auto accident and personal injury firm of Sachs Waldman, P.C., can review documents from your insurance company and assist in getting you the benefits you’re entitled to for your accident injuries. Call our office at 1-800-638-6722 to schedule a free consultation regarding your Michigan auto accident.