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How do I deal with the insurance company after an accident?
How do I deal with the insurance company after an accident?
After an accident, an injured person is forced to deal with many things, including pain from injuries, medical appointments and bills, lost work and wages, damaged vehicles - and insurance companies. Regardless of whether the accident was serious or minor, it is inevitable that an insurance adjuster will be involved after an accident.
Here are some suggestions on how to deal with an insurance adjuster:
Contact your own insurance immediately - Your policy likely requires you to cooperate with your own insurance adjuster, whose job it is to investigate your claim, communicate with witnesses and others involved in the crash, review records, and inspect property damage. Provide your adjuster with any photos or information you got at the crash scene.
Review your insurance policy before speaking with an insurance company representative - Make sure you understand your policy including any exclusions and limitations. Get clarification from the adjuster on any aspect you don’t fully understand.
Keep a written log of anything related to your claim - Write down the date, time, name, and topic of all phone calls and written communications with insurance adjusters. This will help provide evidence of what was said and done throughout the insurance claim process.
When dealing with the adjuster for the insurance company of the other party
Do not exaggerate anything about the claim, your injuries, or your vehicle damage;
Do not accept the insurance company’s expert evaluations of damages without getting an independent estimate;
Don’t authorize the release your medical records to the insurance company - it is safer to collect the and send the records yourself.
Do not give a recorded statement without first speaking with a personal injury attorney.
Do not accept and cash a settlement check or sign a release form without talking with an attorney - Once the check is cashed and the release signed, you will not be able to go back later and re-open the claim.
For some minor accidents that do not involve significant injury, it is possible to handle the insurance claim process alone. For any major injury or fatality accident, it is crucial to find a good personal injury attorney to lead you through the entire process. Since injury attorneys don’t cost anything up front, and only get paid at the end of the claim out of the settlement or verdict funds, there is no reason to avoid getting the legal assistance needed to ensure a fair and full result.
The insurance companies want to settle claims under the true value to make money. IT is very simple folks, if the insurance companies did not make money by supplying you with insurance benefits, THEY WOULD NOT PROVIDE YOU INSURANCE BENEFITS.
Insurance companies are hard to deal with when you need to make a claim. They don’t make the process easy. They don’t always pay the bills they should pay. They don’t always make fair offers to resolve claims. They often delay, deny, and defend legitimate claims to boost their corporate profits. It is no surprise that insurance company are disliked by almost everyone.
Whether the insurance company calling is your ownPIP coverage1 or the other driver’s insurer, you should always be careful what you say. Adjusters have specific ways of asking questions and eliciting certain answers to try to avoid liability whenever possible.
So the next time you or a loved one are involved in an auto accident and the insurance company representative (no matter how nice and helpful they seem) asks you to sign something, you tell them your attorney told you…
DON’T. SIGN. ANYTHING. Go here to learn why...
Anytime you’re injured in an automobile accident, don’t expect the insurance company to treat you fairly. In 2015 alone, the Arizona Department of Transportation reported 116,609 total car crashes with 36,139 accidents including injuries. The insurance company’s primary goal is saving money by convincing you to settle for the lowest dollar amount. Learn more here about how insurance companies try to reduce their payout.
he best way to answer that question is that it depends on the specific facts and circumstance of the incident that led to the injury. While every injury and claim is different, there is certain information that can always be helpful when deciding what to do when you are injured, beginning with being familiar with different types of common injury claims.
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