We advise that you do not sign any investigation statement before first reading it thoroughly and seeking advice from a lawyer.
Do I need to sign the statement?
NO! Most investigators will request you sign the statement urgently. This is because the insurer will often paraphrase what you have said or change some of the facts and circumstances surrounding your injury which may not reflect what actually occurred and may be in favour of the insurer.
It is important to have an accurate statement as if the insurer declines your claim on the basis of the signed statement, which is wrong, it will be harder for you to challenge the decision as you have already agreed to the incorrect statement.
What should I do if the insurer appoints an investigator and wants a statement from me?
Here are the things you should do:
1. Request a copy of the statement in word format
2. Make any changes to the statement
- Don’t be afraid to delete what the investigator has written and write what really happened
- If it is completely wrong draft a whole new statement!
3. Contact a lawyer to discuss the statement
Signing a statement seems like such a small thing to do, but in workers compensation claims it can make a big difference when it comes to challenging the insurers decision.
It is best to read all documents that the insurer puts in front of you, and if you don’t understand it or are not sure whether you should sign the document seek the advice of an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law.
It is also important to remember that workers compensation claims are funded so you don’t need to pay for any legal advice in relation to your workers’ compensation claim.
Got more questions about your workers compensation claim?
No problem! Contact Garling & Co Lawyers today for advice and a free case assessment.