Never Talk to Anyone After an Accident Until You Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney
You have an auto accident. You suffer personal injuries. You are looking for answers. The phone rings. There is a nice person at the other end of the phone offering to help. Your first instinct is to accept the help. It can’t hurt. And the person is nice. The person on the phone says they are representing the other driver’s company and the want to see if you are okay. They ask for a recorded statement. Most people will say yes.
Don’t do it! Instead, call a personal injury lawyer before you speak to an insurance adjuster. Speak to a personal injury lawyer before you give any statements. Speaking to the insurance company and giving statements will only hurt your case. Insurance adjusters are trained to ask certain, specific questions which are intended to make the strongest personal injury claims look weak.
Most insurance adjusters tell personal injury lawyers that they need a recorded statement from the lawyer’s client to “firm up liability” or to “assess credibility.” But providing a recorded statement is usually the last straw before the company denies liability. Most of the companies have made up their minds and they want a statement to bolster their file. After all, even insurance companies have some minimal moral standards. It rarely results in a finding on liability in favor of the accident attorney’s client. Of course, this is not to say that this is always the case, but absent special circumstances, the downside far outweighs any benefits.
Fortunately, there is hope. If you consult a personal injury about your accident, there are ways that this damage can be undone. For instance, most insurance companies rarely send you a copy of the recorded statement. If not done so within 30 days, the statement can be thrown out of court. Many attorneys don’t even know this law. If they do send a copy of the statement, Eric Reinken, a personal injury lawyer who practices in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk and throughout Fairfield County , Connecticut, will help you navigate through the insurance company’s turbulent waters.