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What should I know about insurance settlement tactics so I can try to handle my Atlanta claim on my own?

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Filing an insurance claim? Contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer with the Law Offices of Shane Smith to learn about various tactics that the insurance company may use to deny or diminish your claim. These strategies may include delay tactics, diminishing claim value, or asking you to sign documents that may diminish your claim value. 

Some claims can be handled without legal counsel. However, if you have sustained serious injuries, it may not be a good idea to try to reach a settlement on your own. Whether or not you hire an attorney, though, you may protect your rights and claim if you are aware of some of the tactics companies may use. 

For instance, insurance companies may try to wear you down. There are a variety of methods that could be used to do this, such as delaying the process. Eventually you may get tired of waiting and decide to take whatever offer they give. In some cases, insurance companies may try to make the process stressful by repeatedly asking for information, some of which may not even be necessary. 

Another tactic that some adjusters may use is minimizing the extent or severity of your injuries. This is why seeing a doctor for a full evaluation is important following the accident or incident that led to your injuries. In other cases, adjusters may try to say that a pre-existing condition is the reason you are in pain, and that it has nothing to do with the accident. 

Getting you to sign paperwork that ends up hurting your insurance claim is another tactic. You should never sign anything without first talking to a lawyer who can review your documents to make sure that it is necessary and properly drafted. 

Seeking Help from an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer 

Some insurance companies may try various methods to settle your claim quickly and for as little as possible. You may protect yourself by consulting with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. Give us a call at 770-487-8999 (Peachtree City) or 404-513-5415 (Atlanta) and take a look at our FREE book, which may help you avoid serious mistakes that may jeopardize your claim. 

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia