California Personal Injury Attorney Sally Morin explains why you should not give a recorded statement to insurance companies in your personal injury case.
I tell people not to give statements about the accident or your injuries to insurance companies (other than your own carrier, and even sometimes not in that situation. I have an absolute rule in my office that my clients will give no recorded statements. These recorded statements are often traps orchestrated by the insurance company to get the client to commit to a particular version of the facts or her injuries very early in the case.
Often, insurance adjusters will convince people that these statements are required for the investigation of the case, but they are not. Also, these recorded statements are usually premature and rushed. Further, these recorded statements are typically given under stressful circumstances. You are suffering from an injury, stressed out about work, your life, your family, getting your vehicle fixed, making your medical appointments. Further, you do not know the extent of your injuries because you are in the very early stages of your medical treatment, or maybe you haven't even started treatment yet.
Insurance adjusters love this. If you haven't started treatment they will somehow get you to say that you weren't injured or don't need treatment. Don't let this happen. If you must, give an unrecorded statement. At least this way the insurance company will not have a verbatim written record of a prior statement that you will be held to. They will only have their handwritten notes, not your actual words. This is much weaker than a recorded statement should it be presented at trial.
Don't give any statements before you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney, and most certainly do not give any recorded statements.
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