Be Careful Before You Sign A Release

In order to get a settlement for your Nebraska personal injury or workers’ compensation case, you will be required to sign a full release of all claims. Because this is a very important document, you must be very careful before you sign a release.

One reason you should exercise caution is because a release gives the insurance company a closed file.  You can’t go back and ask the insurance company for any more compensation once you sign a release.

Sometimes client will ask me if the insurance company will give them a lump sum settlement but leave the file open for the payment of any future medical expenses.  The answer to that question is no.  The insurance company wants a closed file before it will give you a lump sum settlement.  That’s why the insurance company wants a full release – they don’t want to pay you anymore compensation.

Once you sign a release, it is virtually impossible to break out of the release and re-open the case.  As a starting point, you will be required to return all of the settlement money to the insurance company.  After that, you will have to file a lawsuit in court challenging the release.

The possible grounds for challenging a release were that you were somehow defrauded or you lacked the mental capacity to understand the meaning of a release.  That is just about impossible to prove and any lawyer will want a big retainer fee up front before he takes on a case challenging the validity of a release.  No lawyer will take a case challenging a release on a contingent fee, percentage basis because it’s so hard to win.

When an insurance company asks you to sign a release, please feel free to call me.  The first phone call is free and no upfront money is required when you hire me.  Our toll free number is 1-888-402-4878 (HURT).

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