Being injured in an accident can be challenging and, at times, overwhelming. However, there are some important things to remember about release forms and recorded statements. In this video, North Carolina personal injury attorney Clarke Speaks covers the dos and don’ts of release forms and recorded messages.

If you have been injured, you should never sign any forms or give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster before a consultation with a personal injury lawyer.

The reason is that for example, the signed release may resolve your case. This includes a release of liability, which means that once you sign, you can never recover any additional money for your injuries. This is problematic because there can be further complications that you were unaware of when signing the release. As a result, signing a release prematurely can be a costly mistake.

Giving a recorded statement prematurely can also be a costly mistake. Oftentimes after an accident, a “friendly” representative from the insurance company may contact you, saying that he wants to ask you some simple questions.  However, some of the questions are designed to help the insurance company undermine the value of your claim. They very well could use this as a basis to deny your claim.

Know your rights and don’t make these early mistakes—call Speaks Law today at 877.593.4233.