How to Deal with an Insurance Adjustor After an Accident

If you've been injured in a Washington D.C. or Virginia car accident, you probably have a lot on your mind. Of course your immediate concerns are your medical treatment, your family, and your work obligations. While you seek the medical care you need and make the necessary arrangements to ensure that your family and work are properly cared for during your recovery, you will probably begin to receive calls from an insurance adjustor.

What the Insurance Adjustor Wants

The insurance adjustor wants to settle your case as quickly as possible for the least amount of money possible. After all, the insurance adjustor is employed by the insurance company, and the insurance company maximizes its profits by paying out the least possible amount in claims.

How the Insurance Adjustor Tries to Get What the Adjustor Wants

The insurance adjustor knows that you are vulnerable and distracted right after your accident. The number that the adjustor proposes to you for a settlement may seem high if you have not had the time to sit down and carefully consider all the medical costs, property damage, and time lost from work caused by the accident.

Many insurance adjustors count on the probability that if they call you often enough at inopportune times you will simply agree to a settlement without carefully considering whether it is fair and adequate to cover the damages you sustained in the accident.

How to Protect Your Recovery

You can make the insurance adjustor stop calling you without agreeing to an unfair settlement. Simply inform the adjustor that you are represented by a Northern Virginia accident attorney and that you want all communication to go through your attorney.

The Virginia and Washington D.C. motor vehicle accident lawyers of Shevlin Smith will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and protect your right to a fair insurance settlement.

Michael J. Shevlin
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Specializing in medical malpractice and serious personal injury cases since 1994.