Do I Have to Give a Statement?
If you have been injured as an offshore worker or seaman, it is important to understand your rights. Your employer may be pushing you to sign papers or to give a statement. Do you have to comply? While the law requires you to tell your employer that you have been injured right away and then follow the protocol set in place by the company, you should know that you may refuse to supply a recorded statement. This is very important to know. Your statement could be difficult to change later and could be an incomplete account of the injury, which may hurt your case.
For this reason, it is always best to talk to a lawyer before providing a statement to your employer.