Yesterday, I told you not to sign statements in personal injury accidents. But if you do sign a statement, make sure you read it and get a copy of it BEFORE you leave. I know this sounds like common sense, but it’s not. Most people are so shook up from the accident they forget to leave the accident scene with a copy of either the accident report or their statement. Having a copy ensures that you have the copy that was completed at the time you left the scene. I have seen statements altered after the victim leaves the accident scene and the only way we could prove it was altered was because my client had her own copy. This is short and to-the-point today, so again, don’t sign statements, but if you do GET A COPY! If you have any questions regarding statements or anything else you may have signed or may be asked to sign by an insurance company, The Nashville Law Firm is here to help. You can reach us at 615-844-4034 or on the web at www.thenashvillelawfirm.com.
Continuing the series of things not to sign, our next focus is on Statements involving a personal injury case or slip and fall. You may have heard someone tell you not to put something in writing. This is important with letters, emails and even Facebook. Once you write it down, it becomes, many times, written in stone. Statements are included in this list. Immediately after an accident, typically an accident involving a premises type injury, the property owner or store manager will try to get a statement from you. It’s acceptable to inform them how the accident happened and if you are injured, but DO NOT sign anything, including a Statement. This is especially important if you haven’t written the statement yourself or if it is written in pencil. The statement may have been altered without your knowledge and now you’ve placed your signature at the bottom. These statements are never collected for your benefit. They are collected because after every accident the property owner has to act under the assumption that they are going to be sued and must protect themselves and the company. If you have any questions regarding statements or following up on an accident, injury or slip and fall where you may have had an accident, please contact The Nashville Law Firm at 615-844-4034 or find us on the web at www.thenashvillelawfirm.com . We are always here to provide a Free Consultation with a lawyer.