Never give a Recorded Statement
Providing a recorded statement can have a negative impact on your case. The insurance company for an at-fault driver is not on your side nor are they looking to help you in any way. The insurance company will commonly request a recorded statement from the person who could potentially make an injury claim. These companies know that the faster they can obtain a recorded statement, the easier it will be for you to make mistakes that could potentially damage your claim.
As an injured person you are under no obligation to give a recorded statement to a claims adjuster without your lawyer being present. They will stress how important it is to collect all of the facts while the event is still fresh in your mind. In doing so, their main objective is to have you openly discuss what took place without placing too much thought into how you answer.
Everyday conversation such as the adjuster asking you how you are doing and the response of “fine” can lead to conflicting information on a recorded statement. Another example of unethical tactics an insurance adjuster might use is to take a recorded statement while an injured person is still in the hospital and heavily medicated.
I fight to ensure that my clients’ rights are never intruded upon. If you are asked to give a recorded statement without the presence of your personal injury lawyer, simply say no.
The Cunnane Law Office has provided this content for informational purposes only. You should refer your questions to a personal injury attorney.