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Recorded Statements: Do I Have to Comply?

It is common for an adjuster to ask to take your recorded statement in Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury claims. This sounds harmless, right? WRONG. You should ALWAYS speak with an attorney prior to providing a recorded statement, as this statement can and will be used against you later if possible!

What is a recorded statement? A recorded statement is a series of questions that an adjuster asks you about the circumstances and events surrounding an injury claim (or any claim for that matter). Your responses are then transcribed and ultimately become an official part of your file surrounding the claim.

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Do I owe taxes on my Workers’ Compensation (WC) or Personal Injury (PI) Settlement?

It’s almost tax time! Have you received a Workers’ Compensation settlement or a Personal Injury settlement and wondering if these settlements are taxable income? Some of the answers are straightforward while others are not. Keep in mind, we are not tax lawyers or certified public accountants, so you should always run tax questions by the most qualified individuals, like your accountant.

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Can I be fired because I file a Workers’ Compensation claim or because I hire an attorney for my case?

The short answer is NO, not legally. Your employer cannot legally terminate you because you had a work injury or because you hired an attorney. You are entitled to know your legal rights and to file a legitimate claim for a work injury.

However, do not let the above facts confuse you into thinking that your job is protected because you got hurt at work, because that is not the case.