If you get a phone call from an insurance adjuster after a collision or serious accident, be polite but heed these tips. Before answering their questions and queries, get the adjuster’s full name and position at the company. Write this information down and keep it with your medical records. Insurance companies have one purpose, and that is to mitigate their liability in accident claims. Even though you are not legally obligated to speak to a representative from another insurance carrier, they will still call you.
Set limits on your phone conversation
Be prepared for that phone call, and if you are uncomfortable, you can tell them that all communication will be made in the presence of your personal injury attorney. If you choose to answer their questions, only provide the most basic information: your legal name, your address, and the name of your legal counsel.
Refrain from volunteering information about the extent of your injuries, how the accident occurred, or other details that could be taken out of context or used against you at a later date. Make a note about the topics you discuss, and let adjusters know you will not be accepting any more calls. In the absence of this directive, they may continue badgering you in an attempt to wear you down and settle the claim quickly.
Do not allow adjusters to record you
Claims adjusters will act friendly on the phone. On the surface, it may seem like they are trying to help out. They may even ask if they can record your conversation– on the pretext of achieving a faster settlement. Claims adjusters cannot legally record you without your permission, and it is advisable to decline this request. Recorded statements are admissible in a court of law, and you may unwittingly damage or undermine the credibility of your case with comments that are misconstrued or incomplete.
Be wary of quick settlement offers
What happens if the adjuster tries to negotiate a settlement on the phone? How do you know if their offer is fair? Without the guidance of a skilled personal injury lawyer, you don’t. If you are seriously hurt and get a quick offer, warning bells should go off. This likely indicates that they realize you have a strong case and can get a much higher settlement with your attorney.
The adjuster’s job is to pay out the bare minimum, but with the right representation, you can protect your rights and achieve a settlement or judgment that truly accounts for your losses. At Rutter Mills, we don’t negotiate quick settlements. Instead, we wait until we have a clear picture of your injuries and damages and then fight for full and fair reparations.
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