Tips for Handling Insurance Companies after an Accident


A person may need to file a claim with the insurance company if he or she is hurt in an accident. This process can often be lengthy and confusing. This is made worse when the victim is trying for a full recovery.

Although most insurance companies comply with the law, there are some that cut corners and use deceptive tactics to protect their financial interests. For example, they may deny or pay only a small amount for valid claims. Personal injury victims can be guided through the process of filing and supporting a claim by being aware of this dynamic. A personal injury lawyer might be able to give you some tips:

Avoid interacting with insurance company adjusters

Although they may appear friendly, insurance adjusters can be intimidating. They are not your friends. This is a way to make them trust you. This will make it easier to talk to them. Inadvertently, you may say something that could damage your case. Keep in mind that agents for insurance companies represent their interests and not yours. Insurance adjusters are often not concerned about victims’ injuries and only focus on settling the claim as quickly as possible.

Keep an eye on a personal injury lawyer

Personal injury lawyers help accident victims to recover compensation for their injuries. With the victim’s permission, a personal injury lawyer can complete many of the tasks involved in submitting and supporting a claim. A lawyer can help the victim get a better settlement than a plaintiff who does not have one. This helps to level the playing field between victim and insurance company. Insurance companies might try to mislead accident victims or not fully inform them about their rights. An attorney can help protect their interests.

Handle Communications Quickly

Insurance policies may stipulate that the insured must notify claims within a specified time period and provide information within a set timeline. These rules are applicable when an insured files a claim against their own insurance company. In addition, if the claimant does not respond to necessary communications promptly with the insurance company, it could send the message that the claim is not of importance. All claims must be filed and any lawsuits should not be filed after the statute of limitations has expired. This would permanently bar the claim.

Experts can negotiate

It is best for claimants to not attempt to negotiate a settlement by themselves. This aspect of claims is handled daily by insurance agents. Most laypeople do not. Insurance agents might offer a quick settlement to persuade the claimant to accept the settlement and not hire an attorney. This could lead to a higher payout later. A personal injury lawyer can handle the negotiations. This is because they are more familiar with this area. A lawyer can help you avoid being denied a claim or receiving inadequate compensation.

Find out all damages that are recoverable

You should know the extent of your damages before you negotiate with an insurance company. An attorney can help identify the sources of damage. Take into account the property damage that you have suffered. Add up your medical expenses. This includes hospital bills, follow-up visits, travel costs for treatment, prescription medication costs and rehabilitative care costs. You may also be eligible for compensation for lost wages, diminished earning capacity, disability, and other economic damages. You or your family may be eligible for compensation for the following: loss of services, loss support, loss companionship, loss and dissolution of a relationship, as well as loss of consortium. Your personal injury lawyer can help you to determine the damages that may be eligible for compensation.

Once you have identified the areas, gather evidence to support your claim. You can provide copies of your bills and medical records to your personal injury lawyer. Ask your employer to provide a printed copy of your accident report. This will show how much time was lost and what benefits were expended. Keep organized records. Give them to your attorney to review and use to supplement a demand letters. You may not be entitled to the compensation you deserve if you don’t know the type of damages you might be entitled to or if you have not provided evidence to support these damages.


Updated 01/18/22