If you've been injured, whether in a car accident, slip-and-fall, by a defective product, because of negligent maintenance, in an attack by a vicious dog or by some other means, the most important thing is your recovery. You need the right medical treatment, rest, rehabilitation and time in order to get your health back. Unfortunately, your injury could affect more than your physical health; the stress of missing work, piling up medical bills and financing your treatment could actually be setting you behind in your recovery.
With those worries at the forefront of your mind, you could be tempted to accept the first settlement offer that an insurance company presents to you. You should think very, very carefully about doing that, though, because accepting a settlement could mean that you are jeopardizing valuable future legal rights.