Should I Accept a Settlement After a Truck or Car Accident?

This video features Michelle M. West, a Personal Injury attorney based in California.

Newport Beach, CA Car Accident Attorney Explains

Video Transcript:

Molly Hendrickson: 

If someone is offered a settlement after a car or truck accident, should they take it to avoid paying attorney fees? We asked Attorney Michelle West in this Ask the Lawyers Quick Question.

Michelle West: 

Absolutely not. You definitely don't wanna take that first offer, in my opinion, and the last thing you wanna do is take a settlement to avoid paying attorney's fees, because honestly, if you get an attorney, the value is gonna go up dramatically, and there's this urgency on the part of a person who thinks that they have responsibility or might be sued, companies tend to offer very small amounts of money basically just to close it out and get you out of their hair, so... In my opinion, I would tell anybody, I don't care if you are... I would tell any family member of mine, don't do it, you do not just take the quick money and especially don't do it to avoid paying attorney's fees. I mean, definitely the value is gonna go way up and you may not even understand all of the rights and remedies you have, you may not even understand what the value of your case is without consulting with a lawyer.

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