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After a car accident, you may expect your situation to be handled by the at-fault driver’s insurance company. After all, you are only in this situation because their client caused your injuries or damaged your property.
However, insurance companies are known to be reluctant or slow to make a settlement offer. Insurance companies are for-profit institutions. They’re designed to make money for shareholders. They cannot make money if they’re paying every claim. If they don’t pay outright, they may attempt to pay slowly or reduce the amount they pay altogether.
One of the easiest ways an insurance company can reduce what it owes a plaintiff is by reducing responsibility. If their policyholder didn’t cause the crash or wasn’t as responsible, the insurance company can argue that they don’t owe you money.
The insurers could argue that both drivers share fault for the crash, or they may blame other factors involved, including you.
The insurance company may attempt to downplay how serious the car accident was. They could say the damages caused in the crash aren’t as severe as they appear or that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.
The insurance company might reduce the estimated total of your damages and injuries to make a lower offer or payment.
Instead of fighting the process, some insurance companies may take the initiative and make you an offer quickly. In most cases, these offers will not be enough to cover your total damages or injuries. Insurers hope you’ll accept whatever’s offered so the case can be closed quickly. You should know that if you accept their money, you might lose the right to sue for further damages from the accident.
Insurance companies may drag their heels throughout the claims process, especially if they know a crash victim is struggling with bills, lost wages, or recovering from injuries. The company may take its time investigating the crash or processing the claim.
They’ll pressure you into accepting early offers by stalling the possible payment.
Insurance companies could request your medical records to connect your injuries to the car accident. However, if they request your complete history, they could be looking for a preexisting condition to argue that their policyholder wasn’t the source of your injuries and you don’t have a claim to file against them.
You should talk to a personal injury attorney to determine the records connected to your case.
Another tactic insurance companies may use to reduce payments or skip out on them altogether, is by blurring the law. In their role, you might expect insurance companies to have knowledge about insurance laws. While you might trust that they know the laws, take their advice with a grain of salt.
Insurance companies may use the general public’s vague knowledge of the law to argue that they don’t owe you as much. A personal injury attorney can provide a clear interpretation and tell you what the insurance company owes you.
Although insurance companies might seem knowledgeable about medicine and the recovery process, they cannot tell you how you should seek treatment. If the insurer urges you to stop treatment, you could risk your legal and physical recovery. An insurance company might promise a payout if you stop treatment early, but stopping prematurely could mean you suffer unnecessarily.
It’s best to continue your treatments as you recover after a car accident and have a personal injury attorney help you talk to insurance companies.
As for-profit institutions, insurance companies are designed to make money for shareholders. They won’t be able to do that if they’re paying settlements to crash accident victims. So they may try to take your words out of context or shift blame to you by asking tricky questions about the incident. They could use your words against you to reduce what they owe you after a crash.
It’s best to only speak with the insurance company with your attorney present. They can help you make clear statements that can’t be twisted against you later.
The Ohio car accident attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have experience helping clients like you face off against insurance companies. We know how traumatizing car accidents can be and how challenging it can be to try and recover alone. The at-fault driver and their insurance company owe you for the damages and injuries they’ve caused.
We’re prepared to hear your story and understand that each case is unique. We can use our knowledge and experience working with insurance companies in the past to ensure you have the best chance at success in recovering the compensation you deserve.