Common Mistakes People Make When They Don’t Hire A Lawyer
By: Jordan Thompson, Associate Lawyer
Here are the Top 5 mistakes people make when trying to handle their case without the help of a lawyer:
Settling too quickly. Settling too quickly before the impact your injuries may have on your future are known may leave you settling below the fair value of your claim.
Not negotiating. Without negotiation, you may be settling for less than your claim is worth or accepting a low-ball offer.
Agreeing to a recorded statement. An insurance adjuster may try to trick you into admitting something that can be used against you. Once an admission is on record, it will likely be used against you.
Assuming everything in good faith. Don’t assume the insurance adjuster for the vehicle that hit you is negotiating in good faith – the insurance adjuster from the vehicle that hit you has no duty of good faith. There is a duty of good faith with your own adjusters, however.
Believing common myths about insurance. There is a myth that parking lot accidents are automatically 50/50 – this is not true. Liability is determined on the facts of the case not the fact that the accident occurred in a parking lot.
If you think you have a case, reach out to us before taking on the insurance company yourself. We’re here to help.
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