By: Brandon Stein
If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident or slip and fall, contact our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys today.
As a Fort Myers lawyer that helps those injured in car accidents and slip and falls, I spend the greater part of my days writing and speaking with claims representatives of insurance companies. Before a lawsuit is filed, the communication I frequently have regarding my client’s injuries are with the adjuster handling the liability claim for the insurance company. Moments after a car accident or slip and fall occurs and a person is injured in North Miami, the insurance company begins its investigation of the claim — often times this occurs even before a lawyer gets involved. In fact, the insurance investigation often begins with an innocent phone call to the injured person.
However, very rarely is this phone call innocent. In fact, the only person who perceives this phone call as being innocent and harmless is the client who has just been injured and is not thinking clearly. While the adjuster may seem to be concerned with your injury and extremely nice and cordial over the phone, he or she certainly has a hidden agenda and is operating under the direction of the insurance company. Every question that the adjuster asks is calculated to lead to information that assists with their investigation. Also, often times these ”innocent” phone calls are recorded and are utilized as a powerful tool against South Florida slip and fall lawyers in litigation.
Sadly, it is the innocent, vulnerable, injured client that is taken advantage of during the early stages of the litigation. While the client may believe that he or she is helping the claim by arguing the case to the adjuster, typically the exact opposite occurs. Unfortunately, it is the Naples personal injury lawyer that is left to clean up the pieces and salvage the claim.
During the course of my representation for these injured clients, I constantly educate and inform them that this entire process is viewed by the insurance company as a business and decisions made by the company are often “business decisions.” The insurance companies rarely, if ever, sympathize with the tragic injuries that my clients endure, for the adjusters are simply looking for ways to poke holes in our case and diminish the value of the claim.
Ultimately, the reason why those injured in North Miami Beach hire car accident lawyers is to represent them and obtain adequate compensation for their loss. Once an injured client is represented by a lawyer, then that client is (or should be) instructed not to discuss their case with anyone — including the insurance company. While this mantra is preached during representation of a client, there is no reason why those injured do not follow this instruction even before retaining a lawyer.
Injured in a car accident or slip and fall? Contact our Pembroke Pines personal injury lawyers today.