I am dealing with a personal injury case. There hasn't really been any negotiations just some requests to gather insurance information from the lawyer. I was wondering however if it came to a point where the adjuster did in fact close the file, in all likelihood would that mean negotiations are over before filing a lawsuit?? Please keep in mind no negotiation has taken place at all.
I hear this from adjuster often: "we will close this case." My response is usually that its fine, but, that they will only end up re-opening the case when I make my demand. As long as you are still within the time to make the claim (the Statute of Limitations has not passed) you can always have them re-open the case. If they refuse, then you can file a lawsuit.
I cant say for sure in your situation, but I often have adjusters tell unrepresented claimants that if they dont provide the info the adjuster is requesting, that they will have to close the file. Ive even had a few tell me that. I laugh. As long as the statute of limitations isnt about to run, I dont give a da_n, if they close thier file. They will just have to reopen it when I send in the demand. Many unrepresented people think they have to provide whatever the adjuster asks for or if the file is closed that means they lose their claim. That is BS designed to get people to cooperate and give the adjuster things that often arent in your best interest to give them. You should talk to alwyer locally for some advice in your case.
As a past adjuster and attorney I can tell you that "closing a file" would mean that the adjuster does not see any exposure and is telling you as much. Your option is to file suit to get an attorney for the insurance company and their insured who may be open to discussions.
I recommend that you discuss this with your attorney.
Lots of good answers here. I would add adjusters tell unrepresetned people all the time they will close the file if you dont give a recorded statement or sign medical release. Don't do either wihtout consulting an attorney. Giving a recorded statement without knowing the legal issues involved in the case and being fully prepared could seriously hurt the claim. And signing the insurance authorizatin will give them access to all of your medical records een those totally unrelated ot your case and sometimes the release even allows the insurance company to call or write letters to your doctor, all of which is intended to hurt your case.
You indicate that no negotaiton has taken place. Are you done with medical care and ready to negotiate? Dont let them push you into talking settlement until you are done with medical care because settling closes the case forever.
You can read all the answers posted here but the bottom line is this: You need to hire an attorney. I know of many people who try to settle their own personal injury cases. I have never seen anyone settle their case for more money than an attorney would get. Usually, an attorney can settle a case for more money for the client INCLUDING what the client has to pay in attorney's fees. So stop complaining on this website and hire an experience and preferably a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, the specialty that covers personal injury cases.
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In most instances, the adjuster's "Closing the file" is nothing more than an administrative action taken by the insurance company. As long as you are within the proper time period alloted by the Statute of Limitations for yoru particular accident/injury, the insurance compnay will be forced to re-open your file upon your filing a suit, or if a demand is sent by you or an attorney.
I would urge you to at the very least consult with an attorney in your area who specializes in personal injury cases. Based upon the circumstances of the insurance policy at issue, the insurance contract may call for you to take certain action, or provide certain information to the insurance carrier. I will caution you that under no circumstances whoudl you sign any release of your claim without first consulting with counsel to make sure your interests are properly represented.
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