Injured workers who are dealing with disputed benefits may have to participate in a deposition. This is not an attempt to discredit your claims or injury, but simply a way for all parties to have the same set of facts and details. All parties and their attorneys have the right to request depositions during the discovery period of a case in order to avoid surprises in court.
This page lists some sample questions that you may be asked by the opposing counsel in a deposition. Your experienced attorney will prepare you for the deposition by reminding you to stay calm, answer truthfully, and take your time. Coye Law Firm can help you before, during, and after your deposition. Our workers' compensation lawyers help injured workers through any part of their case.
What Happens in a Deposition?
At the beginning of the deposition, you will be sworn under oath by raising your right hand and saying you will tell the truth. The deposition is a legal meeting that carries the same importance as a hearing in front of a judge, so you are legally liable for whatever you say in the meeting. If you are confused or unsure during a question, you are allowed to consult your lawyer. There is no need to "study" these questions or bring papers to back up your answers. Try your hardest to remember accurate answers, but don't be afraid to admit you don't remember something.
What is your full name?
Questions About Your Family Life
Are you married? What is your spouses name?
Are you right or left handed?
Are you a high school graduate?
Have you been convicted of a felony in the last 10 years?
Prior Health Questions
Were you suffering from any ailments before the on-the-job accident?
Prior Work Questions
What kind of work have you done in your life?
Questions Regarding the Accident
How, when, and where did the accident happen?
The defense attorney may also ask you questions regarding military service, surgeries, lasting pain, your physical abilities (such as climbing stairs), personal activities (such as travel), additional sources of income, and treatment if applicable. Remember to answer all questions honestly. If you are not sure of the answer, say you are not sure rather than guessing. A guess is a sworn statement, so it may be used against your case if it is inaccurate.
The Coye Law Firm can help you recover physically and financially from an on-the-job injury. If you are hurt at work and need help navigating the workers' compensation system, call our offices today to begin the process.