If you’re trying to get workers compensation benefits, you may have to undergo a deposition at some point.
But what is a deposition? We’ll take a look at the deposition process and help you prepare.
Depositions are recorded sessions where the injured worker, a doctor, or a witness answer questions regarding your injury under oath.
Insurance providers routinely depose injured employees, so it’s not unlikely that you’ll be called in to testify.
Depositions can seem demeaning to hurt workers who only want to recover from their injuries, but being prepared will make the process go much smoother.
And unlike TV shows, the lawyer conducting your deposition usually won’t be rude or confrontational.
When you hire a workers compensation lawyer, your attorney will help you prepare for your deposition by reviewing personal notes and records about your accident to jog your memory about your injuries, symptoms, and how long you missed work.
Your deposition may take place at a law firm’s conference room, or by telephone or video conference—which are more and more common now.
Some of the people you can expect to see at your deposition are your lawyer, the lawyer conducting your deposition, and the court reporter—whose role is to create a written transcript of your deposition.
You will be answering questions under oath, exactly like a courtroom.
Lying on purpose can lead to charges of perjury, or at the very least, damage your chances at receiving workers comp benefits.
There are several questions you’ll probably be asked at your deposition, like:
Answer honestly and accurately to give your claim the best chance of success. Here are some things to keep in mind:
After your deposition is over, you’ll receive a written transcript of the deposition, and have an opportunity to correct any errors or mistakes.
You should definitely consider hiring a lawyer if there are any disputes in your workers comp claim, like:
If you’re called into a deposition, you’ll have help preparing for it from your lawyer.
And at the deposition, your lawyer will help to make sure nothing improper takes place—such as keeping things civil, objecting to illegal questions, clearing up unclear or misleading questions, and protecting your interests.
If you need help preparing for a deposition and recovering the maximum amount of workers comp possible, contact us today, and let us help.
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