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Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC
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Is the Insurance Company Refusing to Pay or Offering an Unreasonably Low Amount?

Insurance companies will sometimes use dirty tactics to try to avoid paying the claims of injured people. These tactics may include unreasonable delays in your claims process, refusing to pay you even though liability is not in dispute or making unreasonably low offers despite your extensive injuries. A personal injury attorney understands these tactics. Insurance companies that engage in bad-faith negotiations may be liable to you for doing so. A personal injury lawyer may put an end to such tactics and seek the recovery that you should rightfully receive.

If you are given an unreasonably low offer after presenting a claim on your own, you have only three choices: (1) accept the offer; (2) hire an attorney to renegotiate; or (3) file a lawsuit.  Choices two and three will require the help of an attorney.  While a lawyer can quite possibly help bolster the value of your claim by examining and supplemental the medical records, bills and other documentation supporting your claim, any experienced lawyer will tell you that they would rather have come into the case from the beginning to maximize the settlement offer.  In addition, filing a lawsuit is not something that you can or should do on your own.  After the initial claim is filed with the court, there will be constant deadlines set for filing follow up paperwork, attending hearings, and responding to demands for information and documents.  Failing to meet these deadlines can (and often does for those who try to file their own case) lead to a complete dismissal "with prejudice" of the claim.  This means that the case is thrown out of court and the party may not be able to re-file.

For all these reasons, it is always best the hire a lawyer early on in the process but, if you have tried to present your case and have received a "low ball" offer, it is time to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer!

Client Reviews
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I have known Steven for some time now and when his services were required he jumped in and took control of my cases. I had two and they were handled with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. He went the extra mile regardless of the bumps in the road. I can not see me using any other attorney and I would recommend him to any of my family and friends. Josie A.
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Steven was vital during our most trying time. He was referred by a friend after an accident that involved a family member. While he was critical and lying in the hospital, Steven was kind, patient and knowledgeable about what we were going through. Following our loss, Steven became a tough and aggressive negotiator and made sure that we receive a huge compensation. I would refer Steven in fact, this happened 2 years ago and I still speak highly of his service. Cheryl S.
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Mr. Sweat is a pitbull in the courtroom as well as settlement negotiations - You can't have a better equipped attorney in your corner! It is a pleasure working as colleagues together on numerous cases. He can get the job done. Jonathan K.
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Because of Steven Sweat, my medical support was taken care of. Plus, I had more money to spare for my other bills. Steven is not only an excellent personal injury lawyer, providing the best legal advice, but also a professional lawyer who goes beyond his call of duty just to help his clients! He stood up for me and helped me get through the process. I would definitely recommend. I couldn't think of any better lawyer than him. MiraJane C.
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I must tell anyone, if you need a great attorney, Steve sweat is the guy! I had an awful car accident and had no idea where to turn. He had so much to deal with because my accident was a 4 car pile up. Not to mention all the other cars were behind me and they were not wanting to settle in any way! He never stopped working for me and had my best interest at heart! Audra W.
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I believe I made the best choice with Steven M Sweat, Personal Injury. I was very reluctant to go forward with my personal injury claim. I had a valid claim and I needed a professional attorney to handle it. I felt so much better when I let Steven take my case. His team did everything right and I am very satisfied. Stia P.
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I have to say that Steve has been exemplary! I met Steve at a point with my case that I was ready to give up. He took the time and dealt with all of my concerns. Most importantly, he was present and listened to what I was going through. He was able to turn things around, put me and my case on the right track! The results were better that expected! Highly recommend!! Cody A.