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Tips for Negotiating with Your Insurance Company After a Car Wreck


With over 45 years of experience, our personal injury attorneys have represented thousands of car accident victims and have successfully helped them deal with their insurance companies.

Dealing with insurance companies after a car wreck is often challenging and frustrating. As experienced attorneys at Apicella & Schlesinger, we understand the importance of effective negotiation in ensuring you receive fair compensation for your damages and injuries.

We are here to provide expert guidance and protect your rights throughout the negotiation process.

Following these tips can increase your chances of achieving a fair settlement with your insurance company:

  1. Understand Your Policy: Begin by thoroughly reviewing your insurance policy. Understand the coverage limits, deductibles, and any specific terms that may apply to your situation. This knowledge will empower you during negotiations and help you make informed decisions.
  2. Gather Evidence: Strong evidence is critical to supporting your claim. Collect all relevant documents, including police reports, medical records, accident scene photographs, and witness statements. This documentation will strengthen your case and provide a solid foundation for negotiation.
  3. Determine the Value of Your Claim: Assess the full extent of your damages, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and potential future costs. Consult with professionals, such as medical professionals or auto repair experts, to estimate the actual value of your claim. Armed with this information, you can negotiate confidently for a fair settlement.
  4. Communicate Clearly and Concisely: When communicating with your insurance company, describe the details of the accident and your injuries clearly and concisely. Stick to the facts and avoid unnecessary details. Clearly articulate your needs and the compensation you are seeking.
  5. Be Patient but Persistent: Negotiations can be time-consuming, and it may take several rounds of communication before reaching a resolution. Be patient but persistent in pursuing the compensation you deserve. Follow up regularly and keep records of all interactions to maintain a clear timeline of your efforts.
  6. Hire an Attorney: If negotiations become complex or you encounter resistance from the insurance company, seek legal representation. An experienced attorney can navigate the legal complexities, handle negotiations on your behalf, and protect your rights.
  7. Know When to Settle: While negotiating, be open to reasonable settlements. Evaluate the offers made by the insurance company about the strength of your case. Sometimes, accepting a fair settlement early can save time, stress, and additional legal expenses.
  8. Document Everything: Keep a detailed record of all communication with the insurance company, including emails, letters, and phone calls. This documentation can serve as valuable evidence if a dispute arises and may be crucial if legal action becomes necessary.

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