No, you are not legally obligated to give them any information.
What Should I Remember if an Insurance Company Contacts Me After a Bicycle Accident?
By law, you do not need to give insurance companies information or materials. You may want to talk to an attorney before discussing any details of the accident with the insurance company. Insurance companies try to obtain as much information as possible in order to negotiate the lowest claim settlement. They are not looking out for your best interests, and often use what you say against you.
How can I Prepare to Make an Effective Bicycle Accident Claim?
First, learn as much about the laws governing these cases as you can. This will help you understand how to work with your attorney more effectively as well as show you what to look for and collect. Second, gather all relevant records, evidence, and other materials crucial to your case. These might disappear over time so it's important to preserve them quickly. Third, meet with your attorney to discuss and set a trial strategy. Then, remain available and open to talk so you swiftly file a claim.
What Should I do if I was Injured in an Illinois Bike Accident and the Insurance Company Wants me to Sign a Medical Authorization?
You should hire an attorney and discuss the ramifications of signing any document. In most cases an attorney will advise you not to sign anything the insurance company gives you before discussing with them first. You are not legally bound to give insurance companies information, including access to your medical records. Most of the time, by signing a medical authorization form, you give the insurance company access to your medical records. This is why we recommend you communicate with insurance companies and other representatives through your attorney.
Understanding all Aspects of Your Bicycle Accident Claim
The early stages of your Illinois bicycle accident claim are critical as are the next stages. Generally, if negotiations with the insurance company fail, you will file a lawsuit in court. If that's the case, your lawyers will draft a complaint stating which law, contract provision or other source affords you the right to recover. Then, the defendant will reply. It might be a few months to a few years before the case is over. Both sides will engage in discovery, motions and trial. It’s important for you to understand the process, contact our office to learn about Illinois bicycle accident litigation.
Call Us Before You Jeopardize Your Bicycle Accident Claim!
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represents victims of bicycle accidents in communications with lawyers, insurance companies, and other parties. We do this to assist our clients in managing their case. Also, we'll represent you for free until you're happy with the award or settlement. Give us a call so you don't jeopardize your bicycle accident claim.