The aftermath of a car accident can be traumatic. You are dealing with recovering from your injuries and wondering how you will pay for your medical bills and property damage. Then, you receive a phone call from an insurance representative who sounds friendly. Although this friendliness may seem like a welcome change of pace during this difficult time, it’s important for you to remember that this person is not your friend.
Here’s why you should speak to an attorney before talking to an insurance adjuster.
#1. An attorney is familiar with an insurance adjuster’s tactics.
Experienced attorneys spend much of their career speaking and negotiating with insurance companies. They know the tactics that insurance adjusters use on unsuspecting claimants to deny their claim or pay them less than they deserve.
For example, many insurance adjusters try to tell you that they have to take a recorded statement. That is actually a lie. Additionally, insurance representatives may say that you cannot have an attorney or anyone else on the line because this is a confidential matter. This is also a lie.
By working with an attorney, you can rest assured knowing that you will not be duped out of a fair settlement.
#2. An attorney may be able to recover maximum possible compensation.
There is no telling the amount of damages you have really suffered immediately after a car accident. This is because some injuries, like traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, may not present symptoms until much later. It is at that time that you will need the compensation that your attorney will work on getting for you now.
Therefore, it is vital that you have someone on your side who has the experience to recover the maximum possible compensation for you. An experienced attorney will be able to negotiate with the insurance adjuster and get you the money you will need not only for your past and current expenses, but for your future expenses as well.
#3. An attorney will take the process largely out of your hands.
Any good attorney will work on negotiating with the insurance adjuster while you focus on recovering on your injuries. Additionally, such an attorney will keep you informed and updated throughout the process and will respond to your calls and emails promptly.
At Effres & Effres, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys make client experience a top priority. With over $300 million recovered for our clients, we know what it takes to win and will stand beside you in your time of need.