Why You Should Not Give a Statement Without Your Attorney
After you begin a personal injury claim with your Baltimore personal injury accidents, the insurance company may try to contact you and get a statement about the incident from you. If you don’t have a Baltimore personal injury lawyer, you might think this is a good idea, but it may be a mistake to give a statement. The insurance company deals with many Baltimore personal injury accidents and is not looking out for your best interest. Anything you say to them in a statement may be used against you. This is why any communication with the insurance company should go through your lawyer.
If you did give a statement, there are several ways your Baltimore personal injury lawyer can try to deal with it.
- During your deposition, your Baltimore personal injury lawyer might instruct you not to answer any questions pertaining to the early statement you gave unless a judge orders you to. This is more likely if the statement was obtained by carrier fraud. If, on the other hand, the statement is accurate, your lawyer might try to have the statement and its answers ruled inadmissible on the grounds that you did not have counsel present and that you were not aware the statement could not be used against you;
- The statement may have factual weaknesses or inaccuracies that your Baltimore personal injury lawyer can highlight by focusing on the time the statement was given relative to when your symptoms onset; and
- If the case goes to trial, your lawyer can file a motion in limine to have the statement excluded on any of the grounds listed above.
If you have more questions about your personal injury claim, call a Baltimore personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of James Lee Katz, P.A. at 443-394-0900 or 800-564-7808.
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