Badge - AVVO Rating, Top Attorney
Badge - Super Lawyers
Badge - AV Preeminent
Badge - WSAJ Eagle 2015

Should I Give a Statement to the Claims Adjuster?

You should not give a recorded statement to the third party claims adjuster; you may have to give a recorded statement to your own agent/adjuster, however. If you refuse to give a statement to your own company, they probably will not honor their obligation to provide personal injury protection benefits to you in the form of medical coverage and time loss. It is best to have your lawyer work with the first party adjuster and arrange a meeting at the attorney's office or a three-way conference call so that you can be protected during the process. It should be stipulated that the statement may be used only in the determination of the first party coverage and is confidential and not to be given to the third party adjuster.

The third-party adjuster will contact you and will try to take a recorded statement from you. Under Washington law, they are required to get your permission first and normally they abide by that rule. If you have given a statement, you have an absolute right to get a copy of it.

Our general advice is to tell the adjuster that they you have been advised by prospective counsel not to give a recorded statement. If they feel compelled to give a statement, they should directly and succinctly inform the adjuster of the severity of their injuries, being careful to be accurate and as open ended as possible. Some adjusters try to reach injured persons early enough that all of their injuries have not been diagnosed by the treating physicians. This is especially true regarding soft tissue injuries that do not become apparent for days.

With the help of The Farber Law Group, a Washington law firm experienced and knowledgeable in handling auto accident cases, you may be able to recover the full amount of your damages. Please contact us for more information and to schedule a free consultation.

Client Reviews
To anyone looking for legal service, you won't find a better law team than Mr Farber and Kelly. They are very caring of your case and treat you like family. I have used them a few times and highly recommend them. Michael
Herb truly had my best interests in mind and was very knowledgeable about the law surrounding my case. He was fair and very upfront about potential outcomes of the case. I believe that he worked tirelessly to get the best settlement. Jan
Herb and team are excellent! As someone unfamiliar with the legal system, they did a great job walking us through every step so we wouldn't get overwhelmed. Our case was emotional and they never hesitated to answer a question, empathize with the challenges of the process, and at times just listen. Over the years we became close and I hope to stay connect to them even though the case is over. They helped us start a new chapter. He always made the extra effort by driving to our home when we couldn't meet him. Who makes house calls these days? Herb does! Not only did I feel like I was in good hands but I genuinely enjoyed working with them. How many people can say that about their attorney? Ashley A.