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How do adjusters evaluate auto accident claims?

May 16, 2015 • By Dennis Beaver

If you are in the settlement stages of an auto accident, personal injury claim, and are unhappy with your lawyer — because the insurance company’s settlement offer seems very low — please don’t blame the attorney. Based on the past — and from what you’ve likely heard from friends — your disappointment is understandable, and here’s why:

At one time in California, no matter how little the repair charges were, if repairs were even needed — you could count on some type of a settlement. Simply claim injury, obtain treatment from your family doctor, physical therapist, or chiropractor and hire a lawyer.

While always considered a source of “easy money for a few phone calls,” beginning in 1979, for lawyers, automobile insurance companies became cash cows on steroids. Adjusters were under strict instructions: Whatever you do, get claims settled, so that we are not sued for bad faith…click here to read more