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Five Insurance Company Tricks After a Virginia Car Wreck with Injuries

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Five Insurance Company Tricks After a Virginia Car Wreck with Injuries

If you have been hurt in a car wreck one of the first things you may do is call your insurance company. You may have previously dealt with the insurer after a fender bender. You trust them.

One of the first things you should realize is you should not trust the insurance company in an injury case. These wrecks are not the same as fender benders.

If you have only suffered a minor sprain, it may not be worth hiring a personal injury lawyer. For any moderate or serious injury, we contend it certainly is.

Unlike a personal injury lawyer, an insurance company wants to pay you as little as they can. The insurance agent will do whatever they can do to get away with paying an injured person the minimal amount necessary to get that release.

Five insurance company tricks

They will lowball you and treat you poorly even if it's your own insurance company that you're dealing with.  They will usually be impeccably polite and friendly and you may think they are acting in your interests.

At the end of the day, the insurance company doesn't care that you are a GEICO, a Nationwide or a Progressive customer even if the at-fault driver who injured you also has the same insurance.  You are merely a number to them.  It does not matter how long you have paid in to your policy.

Five Insurance Company Tricks After a Wreck

1 Delaying

You should beware of an insurance company that keeps delaying your claim. In Virginia, you have two years to file a claim under the Statute of Limitations. The insurance company may drag its heels and then offer you a low settlement when you have no time left to hire an injury lawyer.

If the injured person fails to take appropriate action within the two-year limitation they have effectively waived their right to make a claim for their injuries.

2 Asking for a Recorded Statement

The insurance company may seek a statement in which you incriminate yourself, admit blame or hurt your case in some other way, impacting the size of your claim. You should avoid giving a recorded statement. Ideally, hire a lawyer, refuse to give a statement and say the attorney is handling your case.

3 Disregarding Your Medical Expenses

Insurance adjusters often “disregard” or “disallow” a portion of your medical expenses incurred after a wreck. They may claim the treatment you received was excessive or there were gaps in the treatment or you received treatment that was not related to your injury. Many of the people we help in car, truck or motorcycle accidents have been very seriously injured. It’s important to recover the most for your injuries.

4 Making a Low-Ball Offer

It’s not unusual for an insurance company to initially make you a very low offer. The companies know some people are desperate for money after being hurt in a wreck. You should never jump at an offer because you want to get fast cash. You may not even know the full extent of your injuries if the wreck is recent.

5 Implying You Don’t Need an Attorney

The insurance companies have a variety of tricks that suggest the accident is being taken care of that imply you don’t require an attorney. The may say “we accept responsibility” and imply you will get a fair offer. Nothing could be further from the truth.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a wreck in Virginia it makes sense to at least meet with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options. Consultations are free and confidential and do not preclude you dealing with the insurance company if you don’t hire us. Call today at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley

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John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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