January 4th, 2016| A serious car accident can be traumatic. What makes it worse is dealing with the insurance company. You’ve been seriously injured and need to focus on your recovery. You would think the insurance company would be on your side, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, they’re depending on the fact that you’re desperate so they can pay you as little as possible for your insurance claim. Here are a few common tactics insurance companies will use after your accident: Try to get you to sign quickly. The best-case scenario for the insurance company is to convince you to settle as quickly as possible, often for much less than you deserve. Keep in mind that if you settle before you know the full extent of your injuries, the insurance company is no longer liable for future expenses, which may be substantial. Minimize the extent of your injuries. A common strategy of the insurance company is to convince you and a jury, if it goes to trial, that your injuries are insignificant. In court, they’ll pay doctors to testify that your injuries are minimal and therefore don’t entitle you to compensation. Use social media against you. Insurance companies are notorious for trolling social media feeds of accident victims for information. A simple status update that you’re feeling better can be used against you by the insurance company. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, not helping people. They do that by paying accident victims as little money as possible for injury claims. The California personal injury attorneys at Berg Injury Lawyers know the tactics insurance companies take and can help you avoid the common pitfalls. Give us a call anytime for a free consultation.