Usually want to interview you to find out what happened. They may be trying to help themselves by getting you to mess up your case. Talk to an attorney before you do anything.
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Contract or contact? Either way - if you are hurt, dont talk to them Seek a local personal injury attorney to represent you and get you maximum compensation. Good luck.
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It is likely a claims adjuster is reaching out to you to (a) assess your claims and (b) perhaps offer a resolution. Claims adjusters are not your friends -- they are attempting to save their employer money int he handling of claims. If you are hurt, don't talk to a claims adjuster until you have had consulted with a personal injury attorney -- and in any case, do not agree to a recorded statement!
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Not 100% sure what you mean, but you should always have a private attorney deal with an insurance company regarding a personal injury or substantial property damage claim.
This depends on whose claims department is calling. Your insurance, most likely wanting your statements of the event. The other sides claim departmen, Not likely wanting to settle. This usually means they want a statement from you. Most likely a recorded statement. They usually advise that they want to hear your side of the story and what you think caused the accident. They will ask questions of you that may come back at you latter in the course of trying to settle the claim. Talk to your attorney, make sure that you get the name of the person you are talking to and ask them if they are recording the call. If you do not want to be recorded then advise them of that fact and ask them to make sure the call is not recorded. Then get legal counsel to sit in with you when you talk to them.
If you sustained injuries, don't speak with claims without a lawyer. If this just for property damage, you should be able to resolve this yourself.
I am always happy when a client calls me before they speak to the insurance adjuster. This is because the adjuster is going to take a recorded statement from you that later may be used to deny your claim. If you have an attorney representing you, the lawyer can discuss the facts of the injury and determine what may or may not hurt you when dealing with the adjuster. Remember, the adjuster's job is to find a way to pay you as little as possible; your lawyers job is to work to get you as much as possible. Speak to an attorney before you discuss the claim with the insurance company.
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