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Talking with an insurance adjuster

The do’s and don’ts of talking with an insurance adjuster after an accident

After an accident, the insurance adjuster of the other driver will try to contact you to get information. It is important to approach such a conversation with a bit of caution, to preserve the full value of your claim and avoid some pitfalls. Here are some guidelines regarding what to do and say to an insurance adjuster after an accident.

What to do

  • Remain calm and communicate politely: Even though an accident is stressful and upsetting, and you may be angry about your injuries and damages, it is in your best interest to speak calmly and politely to the adjuster who will be the person making decisions about your claim.  
  • Provide only limited personal information: You only need to tell the adjuster your name, address, and phone number. You may also tell them what type of job you have or the name of your employer. You do not need to discuss anything further about your employment, your income, or your schedule.
  • Take notes of the conversation: When you are done with the conversation take the time to write down the name of the adjuster, the date and time, and any information you gave or received during the call.

What not to do

  • Don’t give a recorded statement: Do not agree to have any conversation recorded. You have no legal obligation to be recorded, and it is unlawful for an adjuster to record a conversation without your permission. Politely decline their request and let them know that when your information is complete you will provide it in writing.
  • Don’t give many details of the accident: Even though the adjuster may want you to make a statement about how the crash occurred, politely refuse to talk about anything except the basic facts including where and when the crash occurred, the vehicles involved, and the names of any witnesses.
  • Don’t discuss details of your injuries: Do not give a detailed description of your injuries at this point, since you may forget something, you may discover an injury a bit later, or your injuries may be more severe than you originally thought.
  • Don’t accept an early settlement offer: Sometimes an adjuster will offer a settlement quickly in an attempt to save the insurance company money. If you accept early, you may not know the full extent of your injuries or have time to talk with an injury attorney to learn what your claim is worth.

When to find a personal injury attorney to represent you

Whenever someone sustains significant injuries, it is crucial to get an experienced injury lawyer to manage the insurance claim. While it is possible to handle small claims without legal assistance, the insurance claims process can be complex and anyone with injuries needs an attorney on their side to take on the huge insurance companies. An injured person is at a serious disadvantage without legal help.
 
 
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Insurance Adjusters: First Discussions

When talking about personal injuries to the other party's insurance company, remember this rule: Be polite but say little. Shortly after you've notified responsible parties that you've been injured in an accident and intend to file a claim for compensation, you're likely to hear from one or more insurance companies. These first conversations after your accident may be difficult, as you may be agitated or in pain, but common sense and a few guiding principles will keep you from saying anything that will adversely affect your insurance claim.