What is a property damage release form?

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What is a property damage release form?

I was in a car accident (not at fault) and received the form and states a dollar amount that doesn’t state who it will be paid to or whehter it has. In a phone call to the at fault insurance company, they said it was already paid to my insurance carrier although the numbers don’t match up and the cover form that has a bullet point “payment mailed to your insurance carrier directly” wasn’t marked.

Asked on December 4, 2012 under Accident Law, California

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Property damage release means that the property damage in your auto accident case has been settled.  A release is part of a settlement.  The release means that in return for receiving the settlement, you have given up your right to sue on the claim.  The property damage compensation will be paid to the garage that repaired or will repair your car.  The issues you have raised about mistakes in the form should be clarified with your insurance carrier.

If you were injured in the accident, your personal injury claim is separate from your property damage and settling the property damage, which usually occurs early in the case, does not have any effect on your personal injury case.


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