Florida Brain Injury
More than 5 million people in the United States are living with a disability caused by a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although every TBI is different, all accident victims who sustain one can expect to incur significant damages as a result.
If you or someone in your family suffered a TBI because of another person’s negligence, contact Donaldson & Weston. We have assisted hundreds of clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of the leading brain injury attorneys in Florida.Tactics Insurance Companies Use to Undervalue & Deny Brain Injury Claims
Insurance companies are businesses like any other, which means they are inclined to undervalue and deny claims whenever possible to protect their bottom line. If you are aware of the tactics they use to do so, though, you can counteract their efforts and hopefully recover the compensation you deserve. Such tactics include:
Offering a Premature Settlement: Insurance adjusters know that claimants are typically motivated to settle because their financial security is in jeopardy. As a result, they often offer premature settlements in an attempt to resolve the case before the injured party is aware of the total value of their claim.
Misrepresenting Recorded Statements: Even if you make it a point to avoid giving recorded statements that jeopardize your case, there is no way to prevent the insurance adjuster from taking anything you say out of context.
Disputing Liability or Shifting Fault: If insurance adjusters cannot dispute the policyholder’s liability, they may try to shift some portion of fault to the claimant. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, this may actually be relatively easy, which is why it is so important for injured parties to start gathering evidence of liability before even leaving the scene.
Monitoring Claimants: It is not uncommon for insurance adjusters to scour an accident victim’s social media profiles for any evidence that will contradict his or her statements regarding the case. As a result, one of the first tips personal injury lawyers give their clients is to stay off social media while they are recovering. At the end of the day, there is no way to predict how the opposing party will interpret what you post, so it’s best to stay offline altogether.
Misleading Claimants Regarding the Total Available Coverage: Although the insurance adjuster may not lie outright regarding the policyholder’s total coverage, he or she may lead claimants to believe that they are entitled to much less compensation than is available.
Dragging out the Proceedings: If the claimant does not accept a premature settlement, the insurance adjuster may try a different approach. By prolonging the proceedings, the insurance company can retain negotiating power because the injured party’s total damages will increase with every passing day, thereby making it harder to reject even an unfair offer.
If you want to file a brain injury claim in Florida, turn to Donaldson & Weston. We are committed to helping innocent accident victims put their lives back together. Call 772-266-5555 or use our Online Contact Form to set up a free consultation with a compassionate personal injury attorney on our team.