Martin County Bicycle Accident
Cycling certainly has many benefits, but they come with a higher risk of injury or death than commuting in a motor vehicle. When bicycle accidents occur in Martin County, victims and their families can rely on Donaldson & Weston to provide comprehensive legal counsel at every stage of the claims process.
Our personal injury lawyers will review the facts of your case and help you determine the most strategic way to proceed. We have helped hundreds of clients and won several multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts in complex, high-stakes cases. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free consultation with one of the leading bicycle accident attorneys in Martin County.Tactics Insurance Adjusters Use to Deny & Undervalue Claims
Insurance adjusters may appear sympathetic during the early stages of the claims process, but once negotiations commence, it often becomes clear to injured parties that their goals are in direct opposition to those of the insurer. Insurance companies do not want to pay out sizable settlements because it hurts their bottom line, and claims adjusters are not above using devious and manipulative tactics to deny or at least undervalue claims.
Such tactics might include:
- Offering a Premature Settlement: Insurance adjusters know claimants are usually motivated to settle because their family’s financial security is threatened more with every day that passes. In many scenarios, the insurer will use this desperation to settle for an unfair payout relatively early in the proceedings, before the claimant even knows the full extent of their damages.
- Misrepresenting Recorded Statements: If the insurance adjuster cannot get you to make a statement that jeopardizes your claim, they might try to misrepresent the statements you do provide. Taking a short phrase out of context, for example, could change the entire meaning of what you actually said and ultimately devalue your claim.
- Contesting the Existence or Severity of an Injury: Since insurance fraud happens every single day, insurers are understandably wary of allegedly injured parties pursuing extensive damages. When such a claim comes their way, their default approach is to challenge it. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for bicycle accident victims to sustain catastrophic injuries, so disputes related to liability and damages happen frequently.
- Reviewing Social Media Profiles: Insurance adjusters often invest a considerable amount of time investigating a claimant’s online presence. They might scour social media profiles to find evidence that undermines the severity of injuries or the extent of damages. Like recorded statements, insurers are not above taking statuses, photos, and videos out of context.
If you think you have grounds for a bicycle accident claim in Florida, turn to Donaldson & Weston. We will provide the legal advice you need and the personalized service you deserve. Call 772-266-5555 or use our Online Contact Form to set up a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Martin County.