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Small Talk Topics to Avoid When Discussing Your Dog Bite Injury With Insurance Claims Adjusters


Interacting with people you know well is often awkward and uncomfortable, but when you meet a new dog, you usually become friends instantly.  Whether you know it or not, you probably have a repertoire of behaviors that you use to win the dog’s trust and build a rapport with it.  Of course, if you have ever remained employed for more than a short time, you also do this with humans, whether you know it or not.  People have a common understanding of what expressions and conversation topics they expect to hear in routine situations; you usually work off of a basic script and then adjust it according to the responses of the people you are talking to.  Learning the culturally expected responses is one of the hardest parts of learning a foreign language; it still takes effort even if you have a big vocabulary in the language and can easily construct grammatically correct sentences in real time.  The art of small talk gets you far in your professional and personal life, but when you are filing an insurance claim after an accidental injury, shooting the breeze with the insurance claims adjuster is a costly mistake.  The safest thing you can do when filing an insurance claim after a dog bite injury is to let an Atlanta dog bite lawyer talk to the insurance company on your behalf.

Apparently Harmless Doggie Talk

Insurance claims adjusters who take recorded statements from claimants are friendly and personable; it is their job.  It is also their job to find ways to justify paying as little as possible on your claim.  Therefore, they draw out the conversation for as long as they can, trying to get you to contradict yourself and undermine your credibility.  They might ask you about your favorite dog breed, tell you about their own family pet, and invite you to regale them with tales of puppy dog eyes.  Don’t fall for it; anything you say can and will be used against you, and there is a recording of you saying it.

Trading Stories About Your Age-Related Aches and Pains

The insurance company only has to pay for your medical bills that are directly related to the dog bite, so claims adjusters want you to go on record and say that your symptoms are due to pre-existing medical conditions instead of the dog bite.  If you are still having wrist pain after the acute injury from the bite has healed, the claims adjuster will tell you that her mother had carpal tunnel surgery at around your age.  She is doing that because she wants you to say that your wrists are starting to show wear and tear from all the typing you do at work or from a fine motor-intensive hobby such as crafting or cake decorating.  Don’t take the bait.

Contact Zagoria Law About Dog Bite Cases

An Atlanta personal injury lawyer can help you get an adequate insurance settlement after a dog bite injury.  Contact Zagoria Law in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss your case.



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