You are about to settle your personal injury lawsuit. After estimating the cost of your ongoing medical care, you have decided that the offer will be adequate to cover expenses, so you sign on the dotted line.
Fast-forward six months and you still have not regained your full capabilities. Not only is your care more expensive than you imagined, you were not able to return to work as quickly as you thought. The money from your settlement is starting to dwindle.
This scenario is much too common, and it begs a critical question: can you ever reopen your personal injury case if the compensation you received in the original settlement is insufficient?
In most cases, you are not going to like the answer. Here is what you need to know before settling your case.
Why You Probably Cannot Reopen Your Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you have settled your case, you usually cannot reopen it to seek more compensation. Why? Well, with most insurance payouts and settlement agreements, you typically have to sign a release form. This release form effectively waives your rights to seek further damages for your injuries.
Most courts will uphold the release form you signed, so challenging it is, in most cases, futile. Unfortunately, such a decision leaves you to come up with the money for your care on your own.
Maximize Your Settlement from the Beginning
Your settlement is based in part on calculations of the cost of medical care you have already received and pay statements for missed work. These expenses and losses are easy to visualize because they are right there on paper. However, the costs you will incur for future care and lost income is a lot more difficult to accurately estimate without experts to guide you.
For this reason alone, you need to speak to an attorney who specializes in Florida personal injury law so that you can get a clearer picture of what a fair settlement might look like. Your personal injury lawsuit depends on your attorney’s ability to maximize your settlement from the beginning, so their experience and connections to other experts—medical experts are critical to estimate the ongoing costs of injuries—is extremely important.
Get in Touch with Our Expert Attorneys Today, Before It’s Too Late
The attorneys at RRBH Law know Florida personal injury law inside and out. With connections to other experts to evaluate the true value of your case, they are ready to help you get the compensation that you need to recover from your injuries in the weeks, months, and even years following your accident.
Are you ready to speak to someone who can help you pay for your medical expenses and recover pay for lost work? Get in touch with RRBH Law today and sit down with us for a free personal injury lawsuit consultation so we can discuss the details of your case.