Just about every type of accident case will involve you providing a written and recorded statement, whether you’re simply filing an insurance claim or are involved in an in-depth lawsuit. But is it advantageous for you to avoid providing recorded statements and give written statements instead?
Below is some important information to consider.
Insurance companies would prefer you to give a recorded statement, and will press you to provide one from the very first phone call your adjuster makes to you. This is because adjusters will have a script they’ll want to follow, which allows them to focus on information they think is relevant to your claim. However, those questions might not give you the opportunity to provide information you think is relevant to your claim. This puts all the control in the hands of the adjusters.
In addition, in many circumstances, adjusters will surprise you with the request for a recorded statement, which means you might be pressured into giving one without any input from your attorney. Because you are unprepared, there’s a chance you could make a mistake during your statement that impacts your entire case.
You have the right to submit a written statement, even if your adjuster does not inform you of that right. In some circumstances, you also have the right to deny a recorded statement, but at the very least you can always submit a written statement to supplement any answers you provide orally. This gives you the opportunity to tell your story in full in a clearer, more prepared manner.
Your attorney can assist you in preparing a written statement to submit to your insurance claims adjuster. For more information about preparing a written statement, consult an experienced Bradenton personal injury lawyer with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.