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Should I Give a Recorded Statement or Written Statement to the Longshore Insurance Company?

“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.” - Longshore Attorney Bill Turley

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The First Thing

When it comes to Longshore Act Cases, nothing is more important than telling the truth. Nothing is more important than your credibility. You need to be up front and honest about every detail about your case.

Do not exaggerate the fine print. If a judge suspects your not being truthful, then they will dismiss your case. Always be honest. Always tell the truth.

The Next Step

Do your research on Longshore Act Cases and order my free book, Win Your Injury Case: The Ultimate No B.S. Guide To Avoiding Insurance Company Tricks That Ruin Your Case [even before you hire a lawyer].

It is full of helpful and useful information when it comes to your Longshore Act Case.

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Give our office a call at (619) 234-2833. Our team of knowledgeable staff are here to help and listen.

Should I Give a Recorded Statement?

One of the questions we are frequently asked is whether an injured Longshore worker should give a recorded statement, written statement, signed statement, video statement or any other kind of statement to the Longshore compensation insurance adjuster or Longshore insurance investigator.

After all,  it seems so reasonable. “All we need is a statement so we can provide you Longshore benefits.”  Or, We can’t provide you with medical treatment or weekly compensation checks until we get your statement.”


Giving a recorded or written statement is always a mistake. The only question is how big a mistake. Statements can end your case. Dead. Just like that. The Longshore adjuster or the investigator know exactly what they want you to say and what they need you to say. You would be amazed how many people fall into their traps.

The adjuster or investigator can get you all twisted up. People try to be agreeable because they are nervous and trying to get along. This is always a disaster.

Giving a recorded or written statement is not necessary for you to obtain Longshore benefits. It will only be used to deny your Longshore claim. Why do something that can really hurt you, but can't help you?

Never, ever give a recorded statement. Ever.

What happens if I did give the insurance adjuster a written or recorded statement?

First things first, you or your attorney have to go into damage control mode. Immediately.  You always need to advise your attorney that you gave a statement.  If you don’t have an attorney you need to request to receive a copy of the written statement or the recording. Make sure you put the request in writing, with a proof of service.   

You (most likely your attorney) is going to need the statement in order to ascertain the damage done to your case.

Recorded Statement - Longshore Insurance Company - Never give a Statement!


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Recorded Statement - Longshore Insurance Company - Never give a Statement!

Helping Injured Longshore Workers Since 1987:

As our client, we will utilize our experience and reputation to ensure that you receive the highest amount of compensation in the fastest time possible.  We are committed to helping you through this difficult time. We have a reputation of excellence and have a high success rate in helping clients obtain maximum recovery for their injuries.

Longshore Act Claims

If you have been injured due to an on the job injury,  whether on a container ship, shipyard,  or the dock - - you want an experienced attorney who will help you get vital medical treatment and full and fair compensation for all your injuries.  At the Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC, lawyers from our firm have represented men and women from California since 1987.

Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley

William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”

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