Michigan City IN injury lawyer explains mistake #3 that personal injury clients make – giving a recorded statement to the insurance company.
Whether you're involved in an automobile accident in Hammond, Valparaiso or LaPorte within a few days you will receive a phone call from the other driver's insurance adjuster. The adjuster will usually be sorry that the accident happened and tell you that they would like to help.
The Problem: During the phone call the insurance adjuster asks for a recorded statement. Within a week of the accident you may be taking pain medication or have not yet started to feel the full impact of the entire injury. The adjuster is calling to lock in your version of the facts surrounding the accident (liability), and to discover the extent of his injuries (damages). Nothing good can come out of this recorded statement. The statement will be used against you at a later date.
The Solution: You should not talk to the other driver's insurance company right after the accident. Instead, when the insurance adjuster calls, get their name, number and claim number. This information should be given to your lawyer, if you hire a lawyer.
Indiana injury law is complex. Whether you want to hire an attorney to assist you with your Michigan City, Valparaiso or Hammond car accident claim is up to you or you can give me a call at (219) 874-4878.