The workers comp insurance adjuster says I have to give a recorded statement before I can get D.C. workers comp benefits. Is this true?

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You Do Not Have to Give a Recorded Statement to Get Workers Comp Benefits in D.C

Unfortunately, we hear this a lot from people who have been legitimately hurt on the job in DC and should be receiving DC workers comp benefits.No recorded statement is needed to get workers comp in DC

There is absolutely no requirement that you give a recorded statement to your adjuster in order to start your workers comp benefits in D.C.  In fact, we don't let our clients give recorded statements.

Why Does The Workers Comp Adjuster Want You to Give a Statement?

Here's the deal - the insurance company adjuster has handled hundreds (if not thousands) of workers compensation claims in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.  She knows how to steer people hurt at work to file in the wrong state, or go to an insurance company doctor, or twist their words when giving a statment, or get information they can use to deny or delay your legitimate claim for workers comp benefits...

You've had one work injury and its serious enough that you may need workers compensation benefits.

Who knows more about the laws, practice and procedures of workers compensation?

The Insurance Adjuster's Job Is To Make Money For the Insurance Company. 

It's not to take care of you and your family.

You've worked hard for everything you've gotten your whole life.  Don't let them take it away just because you don't know the workers comp law and systems (in addition to the D.C. Workers Compensation Act, there are 58 chapters of regulations that govern that statute, plus case law decisions interpreting it by both the Compensation Review Board (part of a D.C. agency) and the D.C. Court of Appeals (the highest court in D.C.))

You can bet the insurance company has training, seminars, and updates on the law, procedures and policies in effect for DC workers compensation.  Plus they have an army of adjusters, lawyers, doctors, investigators, nurse case managers and others working to reduce the amount they have to pay you for benefits and medical treatment.

Who have you got?

Get The Attorney Who Literally Wrote the Book on D.C. Workers Compensation

If you depend on your income to feed your family and you can't work because of an on the job injury, don't take any chances against a workers comp insurance company that has absolutely no duty to you (their duty is to make money for their shareholders).

Mr. Kearney, a nationally recognized attorney, author and advocate for working people, who is Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, actually wrote the only book for workers injured on the job in the DMV.  

Here are some other things workers comp insurance companies tell people who were injured at work that are wrong and can hurt your case, so watch out!:

  • That you had to sign some forms before she could send  benefits check 
  • That you had to see a doctor on an approved list in D.C.  
  • That you should file your workers compensation claim in Maryland because you live there

You don't have to (and shouldn't do) any of those things.  If your workers comp adjuster has told you this, you need to call us right away at (202) 393 - 3320 to get the right information so you don't get taken advantage of by the workers comp insurance company.

There Is Help Available. Contact Our Experienced Workers Comp Lawyers Today

Order one of our free guides to workers compensation, or better yet, read our book to find the answers to these and many more questions about what to do when you get hurt at work and need workers compensation benefits and stop you from making mistakes that will hurt you financially, medically and emotionally. And then give us a call at 202-393-3320. We are looking forward to helping you navigate workers comp - you don't have to do it alone!

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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