Why You Should Avoid Speaking to Insurance Companies After Slip and Fall Accidents
When a person suffers a serious injury because of a fall on another party’s property caused by a dangerous condition, it is commonly referred to as a “slip and fall” accident. Property owners in California can be liable to victims who sustain injuries because of the owner’s failure to correct or warn visitors about a dangerous condition.
In many cases, negligent parties will turn to their respective insurance companies to handle these kinds of claims. Insurers may attempt to offer victims settlements to resolve claims instead of taking them to court, but insurance companies will also seek out ways to minimize the liability of their clients.
Did you sustain severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a slip and fall accident in Southern California? You will want to contact the Los Angeles Injury Group. You can receive a free consultation as soon as you call (310) 954-7248.
Insurance Company Tactics in Slip and Fall Cases
In many cases, victims will receive phone calls from other party’s insurance company. These agents will often seem very friendly and quite sincere in their concern about your well-being, but in truth, they often have ulterior motives to these conversations.
Victims are usually asked about their specific recollections of accidents. Insurers will look for any way possible to get a victim to admit that he or she was even partially to blame for his or her accident.
Another common topic in insurance company phone calls to victims concerns the victim’s respective level of pain. When an insurer is able to get a victim to make a recorded statement that in any ways minimizes his or her level of pain, it may be used to argue that a person’s injuries are not particularly serious.
You should avoid speaking to any insurance company representatives until you have legal representation. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to speak to an insurer on your behalf and ensure that you do not make any statements that damage your claim.
Some insurers will quickly offer settlement amounts that may strike some victims as being very generous. While some people are tempted to believe that accepting a settlement will allow them to get more money because they do not have to pay an attorney, the truth is that most settlement offers are deliberately less than what victims are actually entitled to.
People who accept these settlements can be astonished to see how quickly their money disappears for medical bills and other expenses, only to be left responsible for all of the many future costs relating to their recovery. A personal injury lawyer will fight to make sure you get every last dollar you are entitled to. However, California Code of Civil Procedure § 335.1 establishes that a person has only two years from the date of an injury to commence a legal action in a slip and fall case so it’s important to move quickly after an accident.
Find a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney in Los Angeles
If you suffered catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a slip and fall accident in Southern California, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. Contact the Los Angeles Injury Group right now.
Our firm represents residents and visitors throughout the greater Los Angeles area. You can have our Los Angeles personal injury attorney review your case and answer all of your legal questions when you call (310) 954-7248 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.