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ClaimClinic: Personal Injury Releases

In exchange for receiving settlement money, you will be asked to sign a Release.  A Release is a form of legal contract where you release all claims against the at-fault person and their insurance company.  There are generally two kinds of Releases – a General Release and a Limited Release.

You will need to consult with a lawyer if you have any questions concerning the Release the insurance company is asking you to sign.

General/Full Releases

A General Release releases the at-fault party named in the Release entirely.  This kind of Release will forever bar you from recovering anything else from the at-fault driver or his/her insurance company.

Limited Releases

A Limited Release releases the at-fault party from any personal liability, but keeps him liable to the extent there is other insurance available.  A Limited Release is used when you are pursuing your claim with more then one insurance company, including pursuing your own UM coverage.  A  Limited Release allows the paying Insurer to know they are off the hook (released) but still gives you the right to pursue the at-fault driver for other insurance.  If you settled your case against the at-fault driver for his/her policy limits, you should ALWAYS seek a Limited Release so you have the option of pursuing other funds.

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