Insurance Company Tricks in Personal Injury Claims
Sound Advice for San Antonio Injury Victims
If you have been injured in an accident, you will be contacted by a representative from the insurance company. Don't talk to anyone from the other driver's insurance company before you talk to an attorney. These people are specially trained in the use of tactics to get you to say things in a way that diminishes the value of your claim or get you to accept a settlement that is far below the amount you are entitled to receive under the law.
If you get a call from the insurance company, tell them they should talk to your lawyer. At the Law Offices of Tyler & Peery, we have seen all of the insurance company tricks in personal injury claims that representatives use against injury victims. We have experience handling all types of claims, including car accidents, product liability, nursing home negligence, premises liability and many others.
Texas Insurance Companies Try to Stack the Deck Against You
Depending on the type of accident involved, the insurance company representative will sometimes go directly to the scene of the accident. They may even get there before the police do. They may start asking questions of the victims and witnesses to find out what they are likely to say to the police officer. The insurance company representative will sometimes talk to the police officer and try to "help" by sharing all of the information he or she has gathered up to that point.
The problem is that the insurance company representative will downplay or completely omit key information that is critical to your case. The insurance company representative will also try to steer the police officer away from people who are likely to make a statement that supports your case. In addition, the insurance company representative will likely coach his or her client on what to say in the police statement.
Watch the insurance company representative to see who they talk to and make note of what they say to police officers as much as possible. You can leave the scene as soon as you have permission from the police officer, but it may be helpful for you to stay, if possible, to get as much information as you can about who the insurance company representative talks to and what is said.
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