What If The Other Person’s Insurance Company Calls Me For a Recorded Statement?
The moments immediately following an accident where someone is injured are crucial. These are the moments where having an experienced attorney on your side are most important. The personal injury attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP will give you the best legal advice on how to proceed, giving you the best possible outcome from a bad situation, and ensuring that you’re able to proceed successfully with a personal injury claim if you intend to do so.Be mindful of this trick…
After a person is injured, it is not uncommon for their phone to start ringing. Many times, insurance adjusters or representatives from the insurance company of the other person involved try to call as quickly as possible to get a statement, and this can be a trick to get you to say something that will be unfavorable to a potential personal injury claim. It might also be a ploy to offer you a small and unfair amount of money, expecting that you will take it instead of fully fleshing out a claim.
If a representative from another insurance company contacts you, we strongly recommend that you contact an attorney and refrain from discussing your case with them. You have a duty to cooperate with law enforcement officers and your own insurance company, but that duty doesn’t apply to other insurance companies. The following are some helpful tips in case you find yourself in this situation before you can speak with a lawyer:
- Do not give details about the accident or your injuries.
- Do not accept a quick settlement on the spot. Your claim might be worth more than you think, and you might not even know the full extent of your injuries until a bit further down the road.
- At this stage, do not agree to give the representative access to your records.
- Don’t give the representative permission to record the statement.
- Do not sign anything that you get in the mail from another person’s insurance company until you retain an attorney.
Being in an accident is an unnerving event, and making statements immediately after the accident can sometimes be detrimental to your case. Our office has seen a number of occasions where a client will tell the insurance company that they felt okay right after the accident only to wake up the next day feeling terrible pain. Going back and changing a statement is more difficult in this scenario. We can certainly correct this type of problem, but it can more easily be avoided by seeking legal counsel first.
Sometimes knowing what not to say is as important as knowing the right things to say. Having an attorney from a firm with over 50 years of experience dealing in personal injury law – as Altman & Altman LLP has – will only increase your chances of pursuing a successful personal injury claim and lessen the risk of making a crucial mistake that could tank your claim before it even gets started.
If you would like to speak with a Boston personal injury attorney, the lawyers of Altman & Altman LLP can help you. Our team of skilled attorneys will give you all the advice that you need to protect yourself and your claim. We have the complete understanding of personal injury law that can only come from combined decades of practical experience. Over all of these years, we have successfully handled thousands of personal injury cases and we continue to do so. This experience combined with hard work and exceptional talent makes us a strong force against big insurance companies.
Contact us online or call for a free consultation to go over the details of your case today at 617-492-3000 or toll-free at 800-481-6199. We are available around the clock to assist you, and we don’t collect a single penny of your money unless you are successful in your claim.