Hi, I’m Nick Ortiz. I'm a personal injury attorney here in the state of Florida. Today, I'm going to answer the question "Do I have to give a sworn statement to the at fault driver's insurance company?" Shortly after the accident you're going to get a phone call or be contacted by an insurance company, and the insurance company may be the adjuster for the at fault driver. They're going to tell you that they need to take a sworn statement right away. The sworn statement is also called an examination under oath or EUO. They're going to tell you that this is very important in order to be able to pay you the benefits that you may be entitled to in connection with any kind of claim. The issue is whether you're obligated to talk to the other driver's insurance company, and the answer's actually no. Now, they'll still try to get you to agree to do the sworn statement by saying they want to take down the information while it's still fresh in your memory, that it's important that they do so in order to pay you for your medical bills in connection with the accident, but the reality is that they're going to try to get as much information from you that they may be able to use at a later time against you in a court of law. So, the long and short of it is that you are not obligated to talk to them in fact it may be against your best interest to do so.
Now I know that everyone wants to tell their story and they want to make sure their medical bills are paid. Those things can still happen, but perhaps not in the context of giving the other driver's insurance company a sworn statement. What you really want to do is talk to an attorney about what your legal rights are and whether you must talk to them. Therefore, I'd encourage you to contact an experienced attorney to discuss your legal rights. Most attorneys will give you a free case evaluation, and you don't have to pay an hourly rate in order to understand what you must do. Talking to the other driver's insurance company and giving a sworn statement when you're under no obligation to do so, and especially without an attorney present, is a common mistake that people make in connection with car accident cases.
If you would like to learn more about other mistakes that people make and how you may avoid them then I encourage you to download a free copy of a book that I wrote called the Top 10 Mistakes That Will Destroy Your Florida Car Accident Claim. You can obtain a copy at www.freecarcrashbook.com, or if you want to talk with someone right away to discuss your rights, I encourage you to give us a call at 850-308-7833. We look forward to hearing from you.