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You do not have to submit to a recorded statement for your workers’ compensation claim. However, there are consequences if you refuse to do so.
If you are not represented by an attorney, it is a good idea to communicate with the adjuster about your claim so they can make a decision to deny or accept your claim. More than likely though, if a decision has not been made already, and the claims examiner is seeking your recorded statement, there is a chance your claim will be denied. If you refuse to give a statement, the claim may be denied by the insurance company based on a refusal to cooperate with the investigation.
Your best bet would be to seek advice from the Information and Assistance office who is there to help you answer questions, or better yet seek representation from an attorney who is going to guide you through your workers’ compensation claim. Typically once you become represented by an attorney, but not always, the insurance company’s attorney may set your deposition. A deposition is similar to a recorded statement, but is more formal. Depositions are covered in other articles on this website. If you retain an attorney and your deposition is set, your attorney will sit with you and prepare you for that.
If you have questions about your workers' compensation injury and want to talk to an attorney in Fresno, please call 1(559) 408-7436 or fill out the form to the right.