Settlement Agreement and Release in Arizona
If you sustain bodily injury in an auto accident you should never sign a settlement agreement and release in Arizona without the assistance of an attorney. Signing a release for the property damage portion of your claim, however, can be done without the assistance of a lawyer. Most clients do not realize car accident claims can have both a property damage and bodily injury component.
Settlement agreements and releases in Arizona are intended to bring finality to your claim. If you do not hire a lawyer you are likely to settle for much less than you are entitled to under the law. Settlement agreements drafted by the insurance company will operate as a full and final release and discharge of your claim and you will not have the ability to sue the at-fault-party in court. Whether you hire a lawyer or not the settlement agreement will contain language denying liability on the part of the at-fault driver.
Most lawyers will consult with you regarding a bodily injury claim for free. Attorneys typically only take cases involving serious injuries with significant medical treatment. It is well worth your while to consult with a lawyer to make sure you are not leaving money on the table with the insurance carrier. Personal injury attorneys can usually put more money in your pocket, even after your legal fees are paid out of the settlement, than you would receive without legal assistance.
We are available to discuss your options at Mohave Law’s Bullhead City office located at 2020 Silver Creek Road, Suite C-102; Bullhead City, Arizona 86442. Our phone number is (928)-263-2026. Illinois residents involved in an automobile collisions in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois should contact us at (312)-300-4774.