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October 22, 2019 | Gary Burger

When Should I Sue?

This is an excellent question and one that can be difficult to answer. Knowing when to sue is a different question from knowing if you should sue, so in this article we're going to go over this difference. More importantly, if you've been in a truck accident and you aren't receiving the care and attention you deserve, or if the insurance company or the company of the driver isn't cooperating with you, we can help. Please Call or Contact our Personal Injury Lawyers in St. Louis at your earliest convenience.

When Should I sue after a Truck Accident?

You're hurt, you're dealing with the pain of your injuries after a truck accident you didn't cause and now either your insurance, the drivers insurance, or the company that employed the driver isn't cooperating with you and they are telling you that you have no other options than to take what they are offering. If it sounds like they are forcing you to accept an option that isn't in your benefit, it's probably because they are trying to cut you off and mitigate their damages and losses. This isn't right, or fair.

You didn't ask to be in an accident, you didn't ask to be hurt, and you shouldn't have to deal with the underhanded tactics they are going to use against you. Regardless of what they say or demand, you have legal rights, by law, and you do have other options than what they are offering. Here are a few of the points during a truck accident claim when you should pursue legal action:

  • Refusal to Pay or Accept Fault - You know whether or not you caused the accident, and if you're here, chances are that you weren't at fault. Admitting fault means that the other side will also have to pay for the damages, bills, and any continuing injuries you may have. This is something that they are not going to want to do. While you can try to take these cases on alone, there is a reason Personal Injury Lawyers stay in business. Large corporations and insurance companies make a living cheating people out of what thery are owed. We know the tactics, we know what they are going to say to you, and we can help. And remember, we don't get paid unless you do.
  • Settlement that is Offensively Low - Here is an example. Your medical bills alone cost nearly $100,000, and you've lost work and wages and may not even be able to return to work at your original capacity. This accident has drastically changed your life. In response, either the trucking company or the insurance company is offering you $50,000, take it or leave it. Regardless of what you say, the bills you show them, or any other damages or facts you make them aware of, they refuse to budge and are even putting a time limit on the date you either need to accept or decline by. We can answer this for you. Decline their offer. You deserve better, and are owed more. You may want to call us first to make sure it's the right decision for your claim, but our personal injury lawyers can confidently say that if you've been injured and you have bills, and they aren't offering to cover your bills, they aren't offering to cover your lost wages, or any ongoing injuries you now have, you are not getting a good deal, not even a fair deal.
  • They are Stonewalling you - Let's say that they've accepted fault. Let's also say that they have someone looking at the claim, but that they can't give you any more information at this time, and that they just ask for your patience. You wait, a few days go by, and they give you the same answer again. You wait a week, and once again, they are asking you to wait, and asking for your patience. They say they are trying hard, but they just have a few more things to figure out before they can give you anything, and they make sure to remind you to please wait and be patient. At this point, with injuries and bills piling up, they are hoping that you get desperate and take whatever they are offering you. They want you to take a bottom barrel offer that releases them from any further obligations, and puts you out in the cold. They know that you have to get back to work, and that you've been paying out of pocket for expenses that you shouldn't have to. They aren't going to stop, and they don't care about your injuries or what you are owed. It's time to talk to a personal injury lawyer, and most likely, time to sue.
  • Your Injuries get worse. - Sometimes serious illnesses and injuries arise after the claim has been finished. You are still entitled to recover from and for your injuries, and they are still obligated to pay. Remember, had the accident not happened, you wouldn't have to deal with any of these issues. You would be fine, living your life exactly as you want to without any issues. You didn't ask to be hurt, and you don't deserve to suffer. Yes, you can go back for another settlement after the initial one is finished. Our Personal Injury Lawyers in St. Louis can help ensure that you get %100 of what you are owed.

Every case is different. If you are being taken care of, if all of your expenses are being met, and there is excellent communication between you and the insurance company you're dealing with or the company you're dealing with, then you may not need a personal injury lawyer. But if that isn't the case, if you've been seriously injured and they are trying to cheat you out of what you are owed, you have rights and you can use your rights to recover. If you have any questions or concerns about your current claim call or contact our personal injury lawyers in St. Louis. Our consultations are free, and we don't charge any fees unless we win your claim.