Clifford W. Horwitz, a principal partner and lead trial attorney at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates, and Marc A. Perper answer similar questions pertaining to giving recorded statements to insurers. Cliff answers the first listener’s question on Free Legal Advice Friday’s:
The insurance company for the person that caused my auto accident wants to record my statement. Is that okay?
No, don’t give a recorded statement.
They are doing it solely for one purpose: to use against you at a later period in time.
They never use it for a positive purpose. They never use it for a purpose to help you.
One hundred percent of the time it’s used for a purpose to hurt your case. It is only used to damage you.
They have experienced questioners who might ask questions in a rapid fashion trying to get yes answers from you.
I wouldn’t do it.
Marc answers the second listener’s question on Free Legal Advice Fridays:
Should I allow my employer or their insurance company to record my conversation after I’m injured?
You’re employer and its workers’ compensation insurance company have no particular legal right to a recorded or signed statement.
Frequently, when people are unrepresented by council, the employer or a claims adjuster or a private investigator for the insurance company might contact you and ask for a tape recorded statement or a signed statement.
Our advice is not to give any statements. The reason is, just like in a criminal case, whatever you say in your statement can be used against you if the case ends up in court.
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