Unfortunately, insurance companies are often reluctant to pay medical bills and other costs after you have sustained injuries in an accident. This is regardless of whether you were involved in a car accident, a truck accident or a motorcycle accident. Florida is second in the nation when it comes to motorcycle accidents and more than 200,000 automobile accidents occur in the state annually.
Holding Insurers Accountable
When you are injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident, your first instinct is to contact your insurance company. What you may not know is that even innocent conversation with your insurance agent can cause problems for you down the line. When an insurer asks “how are you feeling” and you say “fine” they can use that later to claim you were not as injured as you are claiming to be. This can be a real issue when you consider that many soft tissue injuries associated with accidents can exhibit delayed symptoms.
It is imperative that you do not sign any forms, make any formal statements or accept any type of payment from an insurance company before you consult with a personal injury attorney who can help protect your rights.
Insurance Companies: The Double Duty
When you take out an insurance policy with an insurer, you expect them to treat you fairly when you file a claim. However, while an insurer has an obligation to you, they also have another obligation to their shareholders. This means you and your insurer are at odds almost immediately. Their primary goal is to protect their bottom line and that can mean paying out as little as possible on a claim.
A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
At DDB Law, our goal is to always protect the rights of our clients. In nearly all cases, we can help you navigate the system and help make sure you are treated fairly by your insurance company. We can help you with recovering financially after an accident.
Avoid talking to anyone after an accident where you have been injured and avoid releasing your medical records to your insurance company without first consulting with a personal injury attorney.