Serious Injury Claims: Knowing and Fighting for Your Rights
When it comes to serious injury claims, many individuals choose to represent themselves in court without seeking help of a personal injury lawyer, due to a misguided belief that serious injury lawsuits are frivolous and the victim will acquire large settlement easily. This same misguided belief results in losing compensation that one is entitled to due to being tricked into settling for a significantly lower amount.
First thing that you need to understand is that insurance companies have a lot of resources and well trained public relations departments, whereas they stand to benefit from presenting claimants and their lawyers as profit seekers. It is not a secret that insurance companies stand to profit if they can undercut the settlement, so it is important for people who have serious injury claims to know a few things about their rights, such as:
Don’t Give a Recorded Statement Without Talking to a Lawyer First
Most people believe that agreeing to an insurance company’s request to provide a recorded statement will help their case, but if an insurance company asks to record your statement, don’t accept without talking to a lawyer first. Contrary to what you may believe, a recorded statement could hurt your chances of filing for serious injury claim, and insurance companies know this. You may provide inaccurate information due to poor memory or leave out important details. With a recorded statement, an insurance company effectively locks you into the statement, and if you provide different or new information in court, you’ll come off as dishonest in the eyes of the jury.