|Posted on October 4, 2016 at 3:45 AM|
Right after an accident, a victim is often confused and overwhelmed by the process of filing an insurance claim. Unfortunately, too many victims turn to the insurance company instead of an accident attorney. As a result, the victim is charmed into believing the insurance company is on his or her side. Instead they are fed misinformation, left to drown in a jungle of paperwork, and given low estimates.
Beware of the Insurance Adjustor
The first thing every accident victim must understand is that insurance companies are not on their side. Their insurance adjustors will charm the victim into believing this while employing every delay tactic they can. They will withhold information such as policy limits, ask for unnecessary information to wear the victim down, dispute medical treatments and even threaten to lower the settlement if an accident attorney is contacted.
However, the insurance adjustors will not stop there; they will also mislead the victim. For example, they might require a victim to give a recorded statement that can be used against him or her at a later date. However, this is something that should only be done under the direct supervision of an accident attorney. The insurance companies will also claim to be investigating the accident on behalf of the victim. The truth is they are seeking ways to dispute or minimize the victim's claim.
It takes an accident attorney to keep all of the paperwork straight. If the victim misses a deadline or fails to file the correct forms, a claim can be denied. Also, victims need to avoid signing any releases or waiver such as medical release forms. These can be buried in the mass of paperwork and are easy to overlook. Signing such a waiver can give the insurance company access to confidential medical information that can be used against the victim.
It's All about the Money
Money is the bottom line for the insurance company; remember - it's a business to them. They will give the victims low estimates in the hopes that they will be accepted. They will also offer a deal paying a portion in the hopes of a quick settlement. It's tempting to accept 80% when money is tight. Finally, avoid accepting any checks, because these can be misconstrued as an acceptance of a final settlement.
As a result, it is critical to contact an accident attorney immediately following an accident. Unlike the insurance adjustor, he or she will work for the client and not the insurance company. The attorney's job is to keep the client informed and negotiate with all parties. More importantly, the attorney will protect his or her client from making mistakes like signing waivers, making statements, or cashing checks.
If you or someone close to you has been injured on the job in New York, Paul Dansker & Aspromonte Associates are here to help. Please contact our accident attorney immediately. We will make sure that your rights are protected, you have all the necessary information, and that your settlement is fair. Remember - unlike the insurance adjustor, the attorney really does work for the victim. To believe anything else is to risk getting less than what is deserved.
Contact us today online at http://pauldansker.com/ or by telephone at 800-510-9695 to speak with an experienced New York City workplace accident lawyer.