The Dangers of Recorded Statements with Insurance Adjusters

If you’ve been in an auto accident and the other party is at fault, expect their insurance company to contact you, quite possibly within 24 hours. High on their priority list will be to charm (or scare) you into giving a recorded statement. Do not agree to it—ever.

Do Not Give the Insurance Company a Recorded Statement

Anything you say in a recorded statement can be used against you later. Your words can be twisted to completely change the story about what happened. You might say something that didn’t come out right, and once uttered, it can’t be taken back. If you change your answers later, it will look like you’re the one who’s changing the story.

Also, some injuries only manifest themselves days, weeks, and even months after an accident. If you speak on your injuries (or a suspected lack thereof) too quickly, you may look foolish later and end up hurting your case.

The adjuster might ask you to sign a medical authorization in order to get their hands on your

medical records. Never sign off on this either (or any documents). Medical authorization gives them wide latitude to delve into far more information than is necessary. Obtain your own medical records and bills. Review them for accuracy and clear up any errors with your doctor. At that point you can select what is truly pertinent to send along to the other party’s adjuster.

The other guy’s insurance adjuster is not your friend. Everything they do is designed to keep from paying you what you deserve. You will need to be more forthcoming with your own insurance company…but exercise caution. Contact an auto accident attorney to protect your rights. 

An Experienced Attorney Can Help After a Car Crash

Sometimes, even the safest drivers can find themselves involved in an accident due to the behavior of an aggressive driver. In those situations, the aggressive driver can be held responsible and made to pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

In Alaska, accident victims can rely on attorney Ben Crittenden to help. As a personal injury lawyer, Ben has worked hard to make sure his clients’ voices are heard and they are able to obtain the maximum amount of compensation. Every accident victim deserves the chance to recover as fully as possible, and Ben is here to help you meet that goal. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident because of an aggressive driver, take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page, or request a free copy of Ben’s bookA Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your rights.

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