What is a Worker’s Comp Deposition?
A worker’s comp deposition is no different from a deposition in a civil lawsuit. If you file a lawsuit against another party, the attorney for that party may want to take your deposition. In a deposition, the attorney asks you questions regarding the lawsuit. You must answer the questions under oath as if you were testifying in court. The purpose of a deposition is to gain more information about the other side’s case. A deposition can also be used in court if you change your testimony.
If you have never been involved in a court case, you may be nervous about your workers’ comp deposition. Your Boca Raton workers’ compensation lawyer will help you prepare for the deposition by reviewing information and giving you helpful tips. Your attorney will be in the room with you for the deposition but he cannot answer questions or give you any advice about how to answer a question. However, your attorney will object if the other attorney is abusive or asks questions not allowed by law. Your attorney will ensure that you are treated fairly and with respect.
Tips For Making a Workers’ Comp Deposition Less Stressful
Below are five tips that can help you during a workers’ comp deposition.
- Wait until the attorney finishes asking his question. Never assume that you know what information the attorney is seeking. Furthermore, the court reporter cannot transcribe the deposition correctly when two people are talking at the same time. Listen, think, then answer the question.
- Do not provide additional information. Only answer the question as it is asked. Do not offer additional information that the attorney does not ask for in his question.
- Never lie. If you do not know the answer to a question, say you do not know the answer rather than guess or estimate.
- If you do not understand the question, ask the attorney to rephrase the question or clarify the question. You do not want to give an answer to a question that you do not understand.
- If you need a break, tell your attorney. You are permitted to take a break to use the restroom or get a drink. If you are focusing on the fact that you are thirsty or need to use the restroom, your mind will not be focused on listening and answering the attorney’s questions.
It is natural to be a little nervous when preparing for a workers’ comp deposition. Your Boca Raton workers’ compensation lawyer understands this; therefore, he will try to reduce your stress by explaining the procedure for the deposition. If you are still nervous, tell your attorney. Your attorney wants you to be as comfortable as possible with the process before the day of the deposition.
Call A Boca Raton Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you have been hurt on the job, you do not need to face the workers’ compensation claims process alone. We are here to take care of the legal aspect of a claim while you focus on your recovery and your well-being.
Contact The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. by calling 1-800-333-3903 to schedule your free consultation.