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3 mistakes to avoid when dealing with insurers

Dealing with red tape is never enjoyable. If you have ever had to deal with an insurance company, though, you know that this is exactly what it typically entails. This is especially true if you happen to be filing a claim. Doing so often triggers an onslaught of interrogation and inconvenience at the hands of the insurer. There are several mistakes that can make it even worse, though.

Be sure to avoid these missteps when you are dealing with an insurance company. Any of them could make it easier for an insurer to deny your claim and withhold the compensation that you may be entitled to. 

1. Talking too much

After filing a claim for a car accident, it is standard for the insurer to reach out and conduct an interview about the accident and damages. Much like law enforcement's questioning of a suspect, though, you do not necessarily have to respond—and doing so may ultimately hurt your case. The insurance company will look for any statement that it can use to disprove your claim, so wait to talk.

2. Missing deadlines

You might expect to file a claim and wait while the insurance company handles the rest of the process. Unfortunately, this is a common misconception, and you will need to be an active participant in the process, too. An insurer will likely request supporting documents and other materials from you—many of which have deadlines—and missing these deadlines can compromise the progress of your claim.

3. Signing too quickly

It is not uncommon for insurers to offer an initial settlement that may seem good at first. It is a mistake, though, to sign any documents or agree to a settlement without first exploring other options. If an insurer asks you to sign documents that you do not understand, proceed carefully so that you do not unwittingly damage your claim.

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