When Should You Settle Your Iowa Motorcycle Accident Case?
♪ (music) ♪ Hi, I’m Pressley Henningsen with RSH Legal. After you’ve been in a serious Iowa motorcycle crash, you should be focused on healing from your injuries. But the other driver’s insurance company may try to contact you and talk to you about settling your claim. Before you decide to settle your case, consider just a few things: you should not settle your motorcycle crash case until you are done treating for your injuries. There’s an important reason for this. When you settle your claim, you’re gonna be required to sign paperwork that says you will no longer receive any additional money for your injuries. If you continue to treat for your injuries after you settle your case, these medical bills will not be paid by the other side. They’ll need to come out of your settlement, which means less money in your pocket. That’s why your attorney will tell you to treat until you are healed, or at least healed as good as your doctor says you’re going to get. If you’ve been treating for your injuries for a while, your attorney may inform you that the statute of limitations is coming up on your case. The statute of limitations is a timeframe that you’re able to settle your claim or else file your lawsuit within. In Iowa, the statute of personal injury cases is 2 years from the date of the crash. If you’re still treating for your injuries and the statute of limitations is approaching on your case, then filing a lawsuit is probably in your best interest. It helps preserve the right to a fair settlement or maybe a jury trial while also giving you more time to heal. You should only consider settling your case once your attorney is able to calculate the total cost of the accident, including how the crash has affected your life. This calculation will take into account your medical bills and your wages, all of which you lost being unable to work due to your injuries. Depending on your case, your attorney may also figure in the following: pain and suffering, future medical treatment that you may need, loss of earning capacity, which is any loss of income in the future due to your injuries. For example, you do a lot of heavy lifting at your job, but you suffer a shoulder injury in the crash and you can no longer lift over 10 pounds. This injury would then limit your ability to work in the future, resulting in a loss of earning capacity. RSH Legal offers a free, no-obligation case evaluation for Iowans who have been injured in serious motorcycle crashes. To schedule your free initial consultation, call us today at 1-800-433-0283. RSH Legal: fighting for fairness. ♪ (music) ♪