Most of us pay insurance premiums–auto, health, and home, to name a few–to protect us in the case of accidents or damages. We expect the insurance companies to pay for what their policies promise, whether the policy is ours or the person’s or company’s who caused the injury.
Disputes with insurance companies can turn an already difficult time in an injured person’s life into a nightmare. Most insurance companies will go to great lengths to avoid paying injured parties, literally adding insult to injury. They are in the business of making profits, which means not giving out money.
Our attorneys are skilled in helping our clients get past the “3D” strategy insurance companies use when responding to claims:
When the injuries are caused by another person– such as in a truck or car accident–a personal injury case may be filed to make the injured party whole again. This means covering medical expenses, lost income and damage to the survivor’s life. Insurance companies usually pay the claims in personal injury cases. Unfortunately, the insurance payout process is seldom an easy one.
Getting Your Settlement
Most insurance companies try to pay as little money as possible to settle a claim. Insurance companies are notorious for their “low ball” offers, which often fall far short of what a victim needs to cover current and future expenses related to the injury or damage. When dealing with the other party’s insurance company, here are some tips:
- You are not required to make any statements to an insurance adjuster. Any statements can be used against you. Be polite but firm when dealing with the adjuster, whether the adjuster represents your insurance company or the other driver. In other words, be your own best advocate by being prepared and professional.
- Before signing any forms or accepting any payment from an insurance company, contact a well-qualified insurance dispute lawyer to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
- Even with your own insurance company, you may find that after paying premiums for years, you’re treated as an enemy over a claim. This is especially true in cases where the other party can’t afford to pay.
- For more tips, download What Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know.
Many people are intimidated by insurance companies and don’t realize that they don’t have to settle for the initial offer. When going up against these big companies, you need an experienced insurance dispute attorney on your side to help you navigate the legal process and force insurance companies to compensate you fairly for your injuries.