Objectionable Personal Injury Settlement Release Clauses Can be Changed

by Frank H.
(Charlestown, WV)

I settled a small personal injury claim a few years ago and had a problem with the settlement release. I know that you don’t want any bad-mouthing on your site, so I won’t name the company. It was only a couple thousand dollars, but when I went to the adjuster’s office to pick up the check, he wanted me to sign a release. He just shoved it in front of me with the check. He seemed surprised when I sat down and read the release. The check I was picking up was just for the bodily injury settlement, but the release said “any and all claims for property damage” as well as injury. I just crossed that line out and initialed it. He got all hot about it and said it was a form and I had to sign it the way it was. I told him that I didn’t.

His manager ended up coming to the lobby and she was real nice. She said that it was okay for me to cross out the property damage line on that settlement release. I don’t know why he had to get all bent out of shape about it. The gist of my story is that you can change the forms the insurance company gives you to sign and there shouldn’t be a problem unless someone is trying to pull something on you.

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