Can a Personal Injury Case be Reopened?

A common question personal injury firms hear is “Can my personal injury case be reopened?” Unfortunately, the answer is no. Once you have settled your claim with the insurance company, the case is closed. It cannot be reopened and you cannot negotiate for a higher settlement.

This is just one of the many reasons we urge you to have your case assessed by an experienced personal injury attorney if you have been injured. Our personal injury firm takes your case very seriously, as we know that we only have one opportunity to get it right. Once you settle the case, that is it.

There are two very important takeaways from this if you have been injured:

  1. Do not settle your case until you are absolutely sure you are satisfied with the offer.
  2. You, the injured party, are the only one who can settle the case.

Your attorney can recommend you settle, but ultimately it is your decision. Sadly, some people seek help from “settlement mill” types of firms that advise them to quickly settle their claims. If you sign the settlement, unfortunately that is the end of the claim. You cannot reopen it down the road, even if your injuries continue to rack up bills the settlement didn’t cover.

Your Settlement Releases the Insurance Company from Future Claims

When you settle your personal injury claim, you sign a release that protects the defendant from further liability. Insurance companies make sure the language in these releases is airtight and leaves no room for reopening the case.

“There is only one chance to get the settlement you deserve, so it is crucial to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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