The Dreaded Recorded Statement

You have nothing to gain by giving a recorded statement. So ask yourself, why then would an insurance company tell a claimant that they can't do anything without it. Because it helps them keep their money by reducing what they have to pay you. They typically want this statement as soon as possible before you are feeling the full affects of your injuries. Many injuries do not surface until down the road. But if you go "on the record" saying you're not hurt or only your back hurts and later your knee is having problems, the insurance company will present this information to a judge or jury to attack your credibility. ("We're you telling the truth then or now?") Until you know the full extent of your injuries, how these injuries have impacted the things you like to do in your everyday life, and have fully recovered, you can never give a complete statement. They also prefer to try and talk to you before you have legal counsel, as an experienced personal injury attorney is typically going to avoid ever having you give one. So just don't give one to the insurance company. If the claim gets litigated, the insurance company will be entitled to a deposition under oath. Why give the insurance company two bites at the apple to prevent you from successfully presenting your claim.

This information is meant to be only a general overview of the claims process and should not be considered legal advice. There are many nuances to each claim and only an experienced accident attorney can fully assess what needs to happen and when. At Pfarr & Rethore we are always happy to review your claim with you to see if we can be helpful to you, and add value to your claim in excess of our fees. For a free consultation, please call 602.424.5547 or complete our online contact form.