After an Injury, Avoid Providing Signed or Recorded Statements
When you have experienced an injury, and someone else may be liable, they are likely to try and get a statement from you. However, if an insurance company or someone’s attorney, or anyone else tries to get you to sign a written statement or record a statement, don’t do it. Why? You shouldn’t say anything on the record without your own legal counsel present.
The person trying to get you to provide an on-the-record statement is just looking for a way to reduce or eliminate the compensation that you are due. They may ask questions in a misleading way that tricks you into saying something that legally would constitute an admission of blame or perhaps something that clears the guilty party of negligence.
If you are going to receive a settlement, you need to be sure that you have proof of damages and that the party you are seeking compensation from was negligent in some way. If you even accidentally provide evidence to the contrary, an insurance company will use that to either avoid negotiating with you at all or to try and get you to take a very small settlement that may not even cover your medical bills.
Remember that phone calls with the insurance company are likely to be recorded, so it is best to have your lawyer handle all communications.
Getting the Help You Need After an Injury
Sadly, you need someone on your side who knows the law if you are going to receive a fair settlement. That’s just the way it is. If your injury happened in southern California, Petrov Law Firm can help. Give us a call today at 619.344.0360 to get started.