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June 26, 2012

What You Should and Shouldn’t Tell the Insurance Company

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Do NOT Give a Recorded Statement

Clients constantly ask if they are required to give a recorded statement to the Worker’s Compensation insurance company. The simple answer is no. You are in no way required to offer any statement to the insurance company.

Why Shouldn’t I Give a Recorded Statement?

Recorded statements are frequently used against injured workers. Clever defense lawyers, who represent Worker’s Compensation insurance companies, have become quite good at “twisting” the words said in the statement or offering them to a court in a way that paints them in a poor light. Even worse, the individuals that are doing the questioning have become quite good at getting the answers that they want. In other words, they are skilled at “tripping you up” or confusing you so that they can get the story that they want on the record. For those reasons, it is best to refuse the statement and consult with one of our experienced Worker’s Compensation lawyers. By going this route, you can be sure that your rights and interests are being protected.

Do NOT Sign Anything Before Your Attorney Has Had a Chance to Review It

As stated previously, Worker’s Compensation Insurance Companies have become quite good at tricking injured workers and getting them to do things that are not in their best interest. One of the main things that insurance companies try to slip past injured workers is a voluntary consent form that allows them to access all of your medical records. Do NOT sign this form. Permitting full access to all of your medical records cannot help you or your potential Worker’s Compensation claim. If you are presented with this form, tell the insurance company that you need to consult with a lawyer before signing it.

For more information on any of these issues, please submit our Free Evaluation form or call 262-797-6677 to speak with one of our experienced Worker’s Comp. lawyers immediately!

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