Should I Contact a Lawyer Before Giving a Recorded Statement for My Fall Accident?

Someone Talking on the PhoneWhen giving your recorded statement after a slip and fall accident, be careful what you say to the insurance adjuster. It is in your best interest to contact an attorney before providing a statement, because the adjuster will try to obtain information that will allow them to deny your claim.

Tactics that an adjuster may use to obtain information to damage your claim can include:

  • Minimizing your complaint, by having you admit that the accident was not so traumatic;
  • Downplaying the severity of your injuries; and
  • Changing your description of how the accident occurred, therefore shifting the liability.

If the adjuster tries to use these tactics while taking your recorded statement, immediately correct them, but be cautious about elaborating any further as additional comments can be taken out of context. If you suspect that this tactic is being used, you should immediately contact your attorney. A personal injury attorney can handle all of the communication with your insurer, thereby preventing them from using your comments against you.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident you may be eligible for compensation, but be warned: the responsible insurer may try to deny your personal injury claim. A personal injury lawyer is well aware of insurer tactics, and can make sure that no recorded statements damage your claim to compensation.

Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.