How to Protect Yourself When Dealing with an Insurance Company After an Auto Accident

July 29, 2009

Auto Accidents

If you are involved in an accident, here are some helpful hints:

1. Limit your initial discussions with the insurance agent concerning your injuries and medical care: Insurance agents are trained to ask leading questions that may cause you to make statements that minimize your injuries. You may hurt your case by giving the insurance agent the opportunity to minimize what you said.

2. DO NOT sign a Medical Authorization for the insurance company: With this authorization, an insurance company can obtain any of your medical records (even records not related to the accident) and speak directly with your medical providers.

3. DO NOT give a recorded statement to the insurance company: It is not beneficial to your case to provide details to the insurance company before your treatment is concluded.

4. DO NOT attempt to settle your claim until the nature and extent of your injuries are known: Once you accept money and sign a Release, your personal injury claim is forever concluded and you cannot request additional compensation later if your injuries persist or get worse. Do not act too fast.

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Slater & Zurz LLP is an Ohio law firm of highly experienced and respected attorneys. Over the last 40 years, we have developed a reputation for getting positive results for clients. We've been trusted with handling over 20,000 personal injury cases and our clients have received more than $120,000,000.

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