In this video attorney Curt Runger details common mistakes he sees when people give a recorded statement to insurance adjusters without legal representation after being in a car accident. View the video below or see the transcript below to hear Curt’s guidance to avoid this personal injury stressful situation.
Hi my name is Curt Runger and I’m an attorney in Memphis, Tennessee and I help clients who are injured and car and trucking accident cases, recover for their personal injuries. One mistake that many people make when they’re involved in a car wreck case is giving a statement to the negligent drivers, insurance company without having an attorney. So, these insurance agents who represent people who cause wrecks are not on your side. They will reach out to you, a lot of them are really good at the stick, they’ll reach out to you and see hey how are you doing we want to go ahead and take care of this for you. Do you mind giving a statement, sometimes they reach out to you. Sometimes these adjusters reach out to you within a couple days after the wreck before you’ve even really had a chance to get your bearings together maybe even before you’ve even sought medical attention. And if you don’t know any better, the inclination may be, well I want to help these people out or I want to cooperate with them so sure you know I’ll go ahead and give a recorded statement to you about the wreck. And then the individuals go ahead and they give the recorded statement. And they do it without a lawyer and this can be a very, very big mistake for a couple of reasons. Number one, to give any type of a statement like that to an adjuster without a lawyer is a mistake, though lawyers help keep these insurance adjusters in check, when they are asking questions about a car wreck. And when they’re asking questions about the treatment that you may have received as a result of the wreck So number one, if you give a statement without a lawyer there’s nobody there to keep these adjusters in check. Number two, especially at the outset of rack, when you know it’s a couple days after it’s happened. These adjusters are gonna be wanting to ask you questions about the injuries that you may have sustained in the wreck, and the statement that you give him is going to be recorded and so if you give a statement to an adjuster that’s recorded, you know, a couple days after the wreck, and then all of a sudden, you know, a couple other days go by and then all of a sudden, you know, out of nowhere, you know your your lower back starts to hurt. Hypothetically speaking you could have already given an adjuster a statement that hurts your case. You could have told them on the phone that hey, you know, I wasn’t hurt at all. In this wreck. And they’re going to use that against you in the event that you actually do file a claim against them and do file a lawsuit against me going to trial. So don’t ever give a recorded statement to an insurance claims adjuster without having an attorney represent you. Should you have any other questions about car wreck cases in Tennessee please do not hesitate to give me a call at 90138885805. Thank you.
If you have any further questions do not hesitate to call Curt or his team at Douglass & Runger, PLLC at (901) 388-5805 relating to other questions you may have about the automobile accident process.
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