Frequently Asked Questions:
Q) I’ve been involved in an accident and someone from the other party’s insurance company has contacted me. Should I agree to speak with them?
A) Certainly not without an attorney of your own, and possibly not at all. Any statement that you give to an opposing party’s insurance adjuster has the potential to prejudice your ability recover money from an accident. Even though you have been legitimately injured as the result of the negligence of another individual or company, a single in-artful comment made by you to an opposing party’s insurance adjuster has the ability to damage your case from the beginning.
Most insurance companies, when they realize that an injured party has retained competent attorneys, such as The Aivazoglou & Mikropoulos Law Firm, will attempt to resolve the claim in good faith prior to a lawsuit being filed. If it appears that the opposing insurance company is inclined to evaluate your case in good faith, it may be appropriate to provide such a statement, so that the opposing insurance company can effectively perform its internal evaluation and give you the money that you deserve. However, under no circumstances should you submit to such a statement without an experienced attorney present to guide you through the process and advise you what you should and shouldn’t say.
You should also be aware that immediately following accidents, opposing parties’ insurance adjusters are known to prey upon unrepresented injured parties, by offering them, in exchange for a release of their lawsuit rights, a quick sum of money that is a fraction of the true value of the case. Don’t be taken advantage of.
Consult with an Aivazoglou & Mikropoulos Law Firm attorney immediately after your accident who is experienced in dealing with the insurance companies.