As you go through the process of discussing your case with a Pasadena personal injury attorney, you will learn about various strategies that insurance adjusters may use. One such strategy is an attempt to stonewall a plaintiff.
What Is Stonewalling?
Stonewalling is the act of dragging out a claim before the company makes a settlement. When an insurance company stonewalls, it may be committing the tort of bad faith.
A Pasadena personal injury attorney may warn you about how an insurance company may unfairly leverage your claim. For example, the claims adjuster might refuse to pay the property damage portion of your claim if your bodily injury claim is still pending. By using this strategy, a claimant may be forced to prematurely settle his or her claim just to get the portion of the claim approved that matters most at the time.
Another strategy that your Pasadena personal injury attorney may warn you about is the tactic of requesting that you use your own health care coverage before the insurance company will pay for medical expenses.
A claimant may be under financial pressure because of not being able to work and pay for ordinary expenses. This tactic may force the claimant to accept a low settlement offer because the claimant needs money now and can no longer afford to wait for a larger settlement offer.
If you would like more information about stonewalling or other tactics, contact a Pasadena personal injury lawyer from the Paul S. Norris Law Firm at 626-993-4415.