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Words Can Harm You in Workers Compensation Claims #1

Words can harm you in workers compensation claims, not just sticks and stones.  In a workers compensation claim, the words you use to describe your accident, your injuries, and your limitations, etc. do matter and they can harm you.   In other words, anything you say can and will be used against you in the claim.  For example, in a recorded statement with the claims adjuster or in a deposition (this is sworn testimony under oath, usually in an attorney's office with a court reporter transcribing everything) with the insurance company's attorney, you may be asked something like "Do you have problems walking up stairs due to your back injury?" Rather than saying "yes", you may reply something like " I can't walk up stairs."    

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