We spend a great deal of our time discussing what you should not do when dealing with the other driver’s insurance company. It is very important to understand what to avoid when dealing with an insurance adjuster. However, it is equally important to know what you should do when you are discussing the car accident with the other driver’s insurance company.
The “Do’s” Of Dealing With An Insurance Adjuster
After a car accident, the other driver’s insurance company will contact you fairly quickly. An insurance adjuster may even contact you while you are still in the hospital receiving medical treatment, including taking medications for pain that can impair your ability to think clearly. Contacting you in the hospital, before you have the chance to consult with an attorney, is a common tactic used by insurance adjusters to undermine your claim. Don’t fall for this tactic. Protect yourself by following these simple “do’s” when dealing with an insurance adjuster.
- DO remain calm. After suffering traumatic injuries in a car accident that was not your fault, it is understandable if you are angry, frightened, and anxious. Don’t take this out on the adjuster. Try to remain calm and respectful when dealing with the adjuster.
- Do keep your conversations to the bare minimum. Don’t give any information that is not requested. In other words, don’t volunteer information. It is best that you don’t discuss your claim with the insurance adjuster for the other driver until after you have consulted with our New Orleans car accident attorneys.
- Do write everything down. Ask for the name and title of the person with whom you are speaking and write that information down. Add a detailed summary of your conversation so that you don’t forget what was said.
- Do consult with an attorney before accepting a settlement. The insurance adjuster may offer you a low settlement amount to entice you to settle your claim now to receive money quickly. Don’t accept the offer until after you meet with our attorney. The initial offer is usually much lower than the actual value of your case. Get the facts before you sign your rights away. Get advice from someone who is standing in your corner to protect your best interest.
- Do consult with an attorney before providing a statement or signing release. Once you sign a release or provide a statement to the insurance company for the other driver, it is impossible for an attorney to undo the damage you may have done to your claim. Again, the insurance adjuster does not represent your best interest. Get advice from an experienced New Orleans car accident attorney before you proceed.
Call A NoLA Car Accident Attorney
An experienced New Orleans car accident lawyer is the best person to handle your accident claim. It can be difficult to deal with an insurance company. The adjuster is looking out for his job, and the company is looking out for its bottom line. Who is looking out for you?
Our New Orleans car accident attorney looks out for your best interest. We have the skills, resources, and experience you need to protect your legal rights in an injury case.
Contact The Olinde Firm at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to schedule a free legal consultation. Your case is important to us. Let Attorney Fred Olinde provide the help you need during a difficult and painful part of your life.