After being injured in an accident that was caused by somebody else in or around Phoenix, an insurance adjuster from that person’s insurance company will probably contact you after a few days, “just to see if you’re feeling any better.” He or she might even tell you that you don’t need to retain an accident lawyer in Phoenix on your case because the insurance company’s insured person has admitted liability. Don’t believe a single word of what that adjuster just told you. Next, he or she will want a recorded statement from you “just to firm up liability.” When you hear that, tell the adjuster that you were just leaving for an appointment with your doctor, and you’ll have to get back to him or her. Then, contact our offices to arrange for a free and confidential case review and evaluation.
The Request for the Recorded Statement
Why in the world would the opposing insurance company want a recorded statement from you if it’s insured person already admitted liability for the accident? There’s no law in Arizona that requires you to give an opposing insurer a statement. That adjuster has already interviewed the insured person, and he or she even has a copy of the police accident report under their nose that specifically tells them what happened. The reason for getting that statement is to push some or all of the liability for the accident over onto you in an effort to devalue or even deny your claim.
How It’s Done
Insurance adjusters are trained in leading you into inadvertently saying things that you never really meant. Then, they’ll use your own words against you in attempts to devalue or deny your claim. Insurance adjusters take statements on a daily basis. You’ve probably never given a statement before in your life. Your own words will stick with you through your claim or lawsuit too. Your credibility will be attacked with those words, even though you never intended to contradict yourself or lie. Now, that adjuster has a piece of you and your case.
When you’re the victim of any kind of accident in or around Phoenix, don’t let the opposing insurance company wrest control of your claim from you. Rather than giving it a statement of any kind, protect and invoke your rights by contacting us and arranging for a free consultation. We’re going to listen to you carefully, and we’re going to answer your questions too. After that, we’ll discuss all of your legal options with you. Don’t let that opposing insurance company take advantage of you. Refuse to give any kind of statement, and call us right away. You need somebody on your side who can stand up to that insurance company and push it back.