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 traffic accident attorney, and most certainly do not give any recorded statements.

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Accident Client

“Last March, my partner was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. During this difficult time of healing, we knew that bills were going to pile up and his was going to be a long process. After looking at multiple law firms, we knew that Sally Morin Personal Injury Lawyers was going to be the best place to work with. Lauren and her team were patient, supportive and caring during his difficult time. His schedule was always busy with work and doctor appointments that his main source of communication was through email. Lauren and her team made it to where he didn’t have to worry about anything but just sending over the paper work he got from the hospital, and other bill collectors involving his incident and they worried about the rest.

Because of all their help my partner Aaron, was able to heal with less worries on his shoulders. By end of December, everything was settled and we were pleased with the results. I’d like to give a huge thank you to Lauren & the Sally Morin team. If you’re looking for a law firm for your incident, I’d definitely look at this law firm.”

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