If you have been involved in a car accident, one of the most important things to remember is to NEVER give a recorded statement or sign anything provided by an insurance adjuster until you have spoken with an experienced car accident attorney. It is not unreasonable for you to expect that an insurance company will offer you a fair amount to cover your losses, but unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Many people find that they are pressured to settle for far less than what they are really entitled to. You have enough to worry about after an accident – fighting an insurance company shouldn’t be one of them. Leave that part up to your lawyer!
Here’s why you shouldn’t talk to an insurance adjuster before you have hired an attorney:
- Insurance adjusters may seem as though they are concerned about you and have good intentions, but their real concern is their company’s bottom line. They will not hesitate to do what they need to do to get you to settle as quickly as possible for as little as possible. Don’t be fooled!
- Insurance adjusters are trained to investigate claims for evidence that can be used to diminish its value. They know how to construe things you say to work in their favor, not yours. For example, if a car accident victim unwittingly says “I’m sorry” to the other driver, this could be used as an admission of guilt allowing them to pay less compensation or none at all. If you give a recorded statement to an adjuster before you have discussed the potential value of your case with an attorney, you may run the risk of having your claim lowballed, delayed, or denied altogether.
- Insurance companies have teams of attorneys whose job is to protect their employers from having to pay out money, and they are often successful when injured people don’t have the proper representation. It is a good idea to put an attorney on your side who can even the playing field and potentially increase your chances of receiving a fair settlement for your injuries.
If you are seeking compensation after a car accident, one of the first things you should do (after getting medically evaluated, of course) is to contact Hartman-Imbriale LLP and consult with a Woodstock car accident lawyer. With over 45 years of combined experience, we have handled thousands of car accident cases and have helped injured people recover millions of dollars in compensation.
Don’t risk the outcome of your case by attempting to handle it on your own. Let us fight to get you the most money possible to cover your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. You can count on us to represent your best interests every step of the way.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation: (678) 647-7220.