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If you have suffered a personal injury as the result of a car crash, a slip and fall, or other types of accident, you are probably eager to put the whole incident behind you and move on with your life. In this situation, an early settlement offer from an insurance company can seem like the perfect opportunity to get compensation for your medical expenses and other costs you have incurred. Unfortunately, insurers use this time when you are most vulnerable and not completely healed from your injuries to offer you settlement amounts that are often far less than what you will eventually need or are entitled to.
Allowing Yourself the Time to Heal
Not all personal injuries are easy to diagnose, and it can be difficult to determine any potential long-term damages or impairments they can cause. Often times, it takes extensive diagnostic testing, along with time for various symptoms to reveal the extent of the damage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people suffer personal injuries serious enough to require emergency hospital care each year. Common types of these injuries include:
With any of the above, even an otherwise minor accident can leave you facing months of recuperation time. This often requires you to refrain from usual activities and household tasks, along with taking time from your job. In general, it can take six months or more to get an idea of any lasting impacts your injuries are likely to have on your health.
The Path to Recovery
While getting rest during recovery from a personal injury is crucial to healing, this does not mean remaining in bed or keeping your feet up the entire time. While you may be unable to work or perform certain tasks on your job or at home, to ensure a complete recovery, the following are often required:
As all of these ongoing therapies and treatments run up your medical costs, while resulting in lost income, it is easy to see why accepting an early settlement can cost you money in the long run. Before signing any documents or making statements to your insurer, call Poliakoff & Associates, P.A. first and request a consultation with the skilled Personal Injury Lawyer Spartanburg, SC families trust. We act as a strong advocate on your behalf, to help ensure your rights are protected.