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What You Need to Know Before Settling Your Columbus, Georgia Car Accident Claim

In the minutes, hours, and days following a collision, you may start to experience stiffness, discomfort, and pain. Sometimes, injuries are revealed immediately, and other times, bodily injuries take days or weeks to manifest. The sad fact is that those who experience injuries several days after an accident, as opposed to in the minutes following a crash, often get cheated out of their fair financial recoveries. For this reason, our Georgia accident attorneys want to provide victims of Columbus car accidents with the inside scoop on dealing with insurance companies.

Insurer’s Inside Secrets Exposed

Insurance companies don’t want you to know what their goals are and how they operate after you are involved in a car crash. This is because they want to keep as much money as possible, even money that you are owed. Here are several things they don’t want you to know when they are trying to settle your case: 

  • Don’t wait to get medical attention – They know that if you delay getting medical treatment, the value of your case decreases. For this reason, we urge you to see a doctor or go to the emergency room immediately after your car accident. Even though you may not think that you are injured, it is in your best interests—physically and financially—to receive a medical evaluation.
  • Don’t accept their first offer – Insurance companies want you to think they care and are coming to your rescue by offering you a fast settlement. However, the only reason they are trying to get you to settle quickly is because they know you may not be aware of the full extent of your injuries. This means that they can save money at your expense. Also, it’s a known fact that the first settlement they offer car accident victims is never fair.
  • Don’t provide a recorded statement – Even if you know the Columbus car crash was not your fault, you should never give the other driver’s insurance company a recorded statement without speaking with an accident attorney first. Insurance companies will look to use anything you say against you to lessen their liability.  

Accident-related injuries can be serious, long lasting, and even permanent. This is why Georgia accident victims need to receive the best medical treatment possible, but this may come at the cost of doctor’s visits, surgical costs, physical therapy bills, and other medical expenses. This is why those injured in collisions caused by the negligence of another driver should receive the best financial compensation possible in order to return to the life they once knew. 

For help with getting a fair settlement or pursuing a personal injury claim in Georgia, you should contact a qualified Columbus, Georgia accident attorney to help guide you through the legal process. A skilled personal injury lawyer will provide you with your legal rights, answer your questions, and inform you of what to do and not to do, and what to say and not say following your wreck. 

For a free consultation, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 888.927.6955 to find out what your case is worth and how we can help you recover financially from your Columbus car accident-related injuries. 


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia