Can I have my North Carolina personal injury lawyer with me when I meet with insurance company reps for the driver who hit and hurt me? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

Yes, but we advise our North Carolina car accident injury clients to decline offers to meet in person with the insurance company representatives for the at-fault driver. We will sometimes participate in telephone conferences with our clients.

You want to avoid giving an official statement because if the case does not settle and goes to a lawsuit, the insurance company‘s lawyer will use your statement as the basis for a deposition. If you give answers that differ from your statement while under oath for the deposition, the insurance company will have evidence for denying your claims.

We help our North Carolina personal injury clients prepare for depositions in the same way we would prepare them to give trial testimony.