While they are not representative of the profession as a whole, there are more than a few less-than-scrupulous insurance adjusters out there who may try unfairly reduce your claim. Here, a Marietta personal injury lawyer will give you a list of some of the signs that you are dealing with such an adjuster.
1. The claims adjuster gives you an opinion letter from a personal injury attorney saying your claim is not worth very much.
If you think about it, this does not make too much sense. How could an attorney have enough information to make such an evaluation without ever having spoken with you? In fact, these letters are usually written by personal injury attorneys who have been misinformed or under-informed about your case and are making their assessment with those faulty facts. The adjuster can then use this letter to intimidate you.
2. The adjuster claims an expert has given a negative evaluation of your case.
This can be suspicious for the same reasons that an attorney’s letter can be suspicious. While the outright bribery of third-party experts is rare, some adjusters will get an unfavorable expert opinion simply by having many experts give tentative evaluations of your case and then hiring only those who seem to think you don’t have a case.
3. The adjuster leverages where you live against you.
If the insurance adjuster knows you live a substantial distance away from where your injury happened, he can conclude that in order to file a lawsuit against them, you would have think about taking time off work while the trial is occurring and spending a lot of money on lodging and travel expenses. He may offer a low settlement in hopes that you feel that litigating would be too inconvenient.
4. The adjuster insinuates that jurors would be unlikely to side with you for a reason unrelated to the case.
Truly unscrupulous adjusters might try to make you feel ashamed of your background, lifestyle, or social status. They may subtly try to convince you that you are a type of person that a jury would not feel much sympathy for. Do not fall for this; the court will take measures to select a reasonably impartial jury.
If you have any reason to suspect you are being lowballed or bullied by the insurance adjuster, do not hesitate to call Georgia personal injury attorneys at Braun and Ree, LLP, today for a free consultation.