Smooth The Way For Your Workers Compensation Deposition
Hurt workers who are denied benefits can follow the claims and appeal process. This process usually involves a deposition. Don't get rattled at the thought of this event. Your workers compensation lawyer can help you prepare for your deposition but in the meantime, find out more about how to smooth the way forward.
What is a Deposition?
This legal term sounds a bit mysterious but it's really not. You've probably seen a deposition (on TV or in movies) but didn't pay much attention. A deposition is a serious event but it's a lot less formal than court testimony. Workers comp depositions are part of the preparation for an upcoming case. You will have your workers comp lawyer by your side to help you answer the questions. Everything you say is recorded and can be used for any upcoming hearings and to make decisions about your case. Follow these tips so that your deposition experience is as trouble-free as possible:
- You will be asked questions about your injury and your medical treatment. Don't use the deposition as your opportunity to speak about your troubles with your claim. Answer only what is asked — don't elaborate, speculate, or guess at answers. If in doubt, consult with your lawyer.
- Review your workers comp and medical information prior to the deposition so that you can answer the questions with confidence. You can bring your documents with you, but know how to find the information in the docs quickly.
- Take your time. These meetings are all about you and your injuries so don't allow anyone to rush you when forming an answer. Let the lawyer finish with the question before you begin to speak. Think about your answer before speaking. Don't allow anyone to cut you off if you are only answering the question being asked.
- Everything you say should be accurate and honest. If you realize that you misspoke about something, let your lawyer know. You should have the opportunity to get the statement corrected. In some cases, you will be asked about issues you are unsure of. Just let the lawyer know that you don't know the answer to the question when that is appropriate.
- The deposition will naturally focus on medical issues. Know what your doctors have told you about your injury and be prepared to speak it. Use concise medical terms when possible and don't be tempted to exaggerate your symptoms.
To learn more about having a smooth deposition, speak to a work-related accident lawyer.