At The Odierno Law Firm, P.C., we often receive calls from
car accident victims who have inadvertently undermined their own personal injury claim—namely
due to the fact that they made the decision to speak with an insurance
adjuster without first consulting an attorney. For this reason, we encourage
you to take precaution if you have recently been involved in an accident.
The sad truth is that the at-fault driver's insurance company will
do anything that they can to pay you as little money as possible, so it
is important for you to understand that you do not have to say a thing
until you have had the opportunity to discuss your case with a lawyer.
In most cases, an insurance adjuster will call you and ask you to give
a statement about the collision. This conversation will be recorded, as
they may ask you leading questions about how the accident happened and
how serious your injuries are.
While you may think that nothing can go wrong if you're simply stating
the truth, you must understand that a misuse of words could jeopardize
your chances of recovering compensation. If you decide to make a statement
about your injuries before you have had the chance to undergo a medical
examination, for example, you may not yet know that your injuries are
more extensive than you had originally thought. In fact, some victims
do not experience pain until days or weeks after the accident—which
is common for cases of whiplash. Should you bring this to the insurance
company's attention after you have already given a statement, they
may argue that you have changed your story and that you are not really
as injured as you are claiming to be. Similarly, this could happen if
you give a statement about the cause of the accident—as they may
attempt to prove that you had admitted fault.
For this reason, it is highly recommended that you politely decline to
give a statement to the other party's insurance company and let a
Long Island personal injury lawyer from The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. handle
the heavy lifting. We are experienced in taking on the "big bad insurance
companies," so you can feel confident about the future of your case
when you trust in our firm to represent you. All we need from you is to
take the first step and contact our firm. To learn more about how we can
help, give us a call today at (877) 379-5144 for a free initial consultation.
If you would prefer to contact us online, you can also fill out the complimentary
case evaluation form that is conveniently located on our website.