Any statement made to an insurance adjuster can be used against the injured party. An admission made by a personal injury victim in a conversation with an insurance company representative can later be used later in court against the plaintiff. This is what is called “admission against interest”, and this is why we strongly advise against speaking to an insurance company’s representative before consulting with a lawyer.
Now, coming back to the matter of personal injury victims telling the truth and believing this will protect them. Consider a situation in which an injured party speaks to an insurance adjuster who later states that the injured person admitted the accident was his or her fault. Even if the injured party did not state this, the statement can still be allowed as evidence in court and a new issue is then opened that should never have existed. In personal injury cases like these, the questions that are raised due to one person’s dishonesty can make a claim that could have been settled in months instead take years, and often cases that would normally have been settled ends up in court years after the accident.
Most people have heard of Miranda warnings. The police officers in television crime shows will normally say: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law…”
This is a legitimate warning in Arizona personal injury cases as well. Though not every statement “will be used against you” it should be assumed that anything you say will be, so the best policy when speaking to someone who does not have your best interests in mind is not to say anything to them at all.
As an experienced Chandler personal injury lawyer, I know how accurate this Miranda warning can be. Almost anything you say can and will be used against you. An insurance company will use anything and everything you say in an attempt to deny fair compensation, and from our experience, we know that insurance companies are quite capable of lying or twisting an injured party’s words to mean something other than what he or she intended.
To learn more about how you can protect yourself from having unfair or untrue statements held against you by an insurance adjuster, please contact Breyer Law Offices, P.C. We always offer a no-obligation, free consultation to auto accident injury victims so that they can make the best legal decision for their particular situation. Call 602-978-6400 today.