Many times, an insurance adjuster will approach an accident victim and offer them a small settlement in order to close out a case. The problem is that injuries from an accident may not reveal themselves until days after an accident. In many cases, the small amount you accept from the adjuster will end your case, even if you later discover you have significant injuries.
If you were involved in an accident, it is good practice to have yourself checked out by a medical professional. Sometimes, the adrenaline from the accident can mask your injuries. Other times, the habit of “pushing through the pain” may cause you to delay seeking medical attention. This can result in you aggravating an injury, and making matters worse.
The best practice is to not sign such a settlement agreement until you have read the agreement in its entirety, and not until you have been checked by your doctor.