A car accident can be a terrifying experience, and the effects can be long-lasting. While some motorists are killed, others may suffer from neck and spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, serious burns, broken bones, and more. If you have been in a crash, and seriously injured, you may have lost hours at work while recuperating or you may have been forced to stop working completely—whether temporarily or permanently. This can be an extremely difficult time, and while the physical effects may drag on—so can the financial issues and the frustrations of filing an insurance claim.
If you were in an automobile crash due to the negligence of another party, the claims process is more complex than just filing for an inconsequential fender bender that may have left a dent or chipped some paint. When injuries are caused due to an accident, and a police report is filed, you can bet that the adjusters for the other side will be on the case faster than you can say “I’m home from the emergency room!” You may find yourself surprised at how quickly they call, and at how many questions they have! This is not the time to be speaking to an insurance adjuster, but it is time to be consulting with an experienced injury attorney.
Due to an impending lawsuit or settlement, it is in your best interest to let your attorney do all the talking when it comes to the insurance company. Without their help, you may find yourself being asked to do tape-recorded interviews, sign medical release forms and give access to medical records and other information, all the while feeling like you are in good hands because the adjusters come across as warm, empathetic, and trustworthy. What may truly be happening behind the scenes is that adjusters are gathering information to use against you later, so they can either deny you a settlement or get away with a lowball offer. Be wary also of bad faith practices such as no investigation of the case at all, failure to interview any witnesses who were on the scene, overlooking obvious evidence, delaying settlements, and denying claims with no cause.
If you need help reviewing your insurance policy, or if you suspect your insurance company may be denying your claim in bad faith, contact the attorneys at the Bolender Law Firm. If a dispute over a claim cannot be easily resolved through a call or written communication, our attorneys will advocate on behalf of policyholders through litigation, arbitration, or non-binding mediation. Our attorneys are experienced in representing clients in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate level. Call us at 310-320-0725 now or submit an easy consultation request online. We are here to help!