Should I Sign a Release After My Auto Accident?

by Doug Zanes | Last Updated: September 16, 2016

Should I Sign a Release After My Auto Accident?

I have received medical and property damage releases from the insurance company adjuster and other parties. Should I sign them without a lawyer?

You should NOT sign any releases if the following are true:

  • You’re considering seeking legal advice and/or help
  • You were injured in the accident
  • You are unsure of what exactly you are signing

Releases for medical records or property damage should only be signed under limited circumstances.

In fact, adjusters are known for having accident victims sign releases as soon as possible so that no further legal action can be taken.

For example: we have many people who call us stating they signed a release and received $500 or $1,000 for their auto accident, however, a few weeks later the pain from the accident has starting to settle in and they now need our help.

At this point- it’s too late. You signed and accepted money which means no further action can be taken and no additional money can be paid out.

That’s why our attorneys always advise people not to sign or accept any money unless they are 100%+ sure they are feeling better, do not want to hire an attorney, and do not plan on seeking any type of legal advice.

Doug Zanes
Doug Zanes: Founding Attorney Raised in Douglas, Arizona, and went to college at Arizona State University and graduated from law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in Texas. Doug began practicing law in Phoenix Arizona in 1997.
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