Seattle, WA asked in Car Accidents for Washington

Q: Do I need lawyer if I was in car accident, foresee future damages, using my own insurance to handle costs, in pain, etc.

Other insurance company agent is apparently overworked and trying to foist some blame on me for being on the road when his insured ran red light! They ignore my request for info like transcript of statement of insured and I am preparing a legal issues letter for them now because agent is overworked or something.

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2 Lawyer Answers
Ryan P. Sullivan
Ryan P. Sullivan
  • Lincoln, NE

A: Unfortunately, in cases like these, insurance companies often take advantage of unrepresented claimants. I would contact a local attorney and give them the basic details. They will be able to tell you whether representation is necessary.

Herbert G. Farber
Herbert G. Farber
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: You need to understand how insurance companies work. They are a for-profit entity and the insurance agent's job is to minimize costs for the company. Insurance claims adjusters are loyal to the insured party and not the victim. Sometimes refusing to provide you the information you need and giving you the run-around is part of their tactics. We recommend contact a personal injury attorney who can best represent your interests. Most personal injury attorneys will provide a free case consultation.

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