A work accident can leave you severely injured, but there can be many steps to getting compensated fairly for your Workers’ Comp claim. You may be expected to make records of your accident, which can work against you if you’re not careful.
When preparing for your deposition, keep the following in mind. Acting now, before your deposition, can help you protect your compensation later.
A Workers’ Comp deposition is simply a court session where you’ll be asked questions about yourself, your medical history, and your work accident. This deposition gives the court a recorded statement about the work accident, giving them the details they need.
The problem is, your deposition can work against you. You’re speaking under oath at the time, and that can be intimidating. It’s easy to make a mistake during this session. Fortunately, your Workers’ Compensation lawyer can help you prepare for anything you’re asked during the deposition.
When preparing for a deposition, make sure before your deposition you have everything you need to know about your medical history and your accident. Your lawyer can help you determine what questions you’ll likely be asked and what information to prepare.
For example, you may have suffered a heart attack that you believe was caused by your job. During the deposition, the lawyer present may ask you questions about your medical history. These questions are there to determine whether your heart condition started during your time working, or whether you have a family or personal history of heart disease. In other cases, you may have had a prior injury. Because of that prior injury, your current injuries may be worse.
But you don’t have to share everything during your deposition. While you are under oath, meaning you can’t lie during the deposition, you’re not obligated to share all the details of your discussions with your lawyer, for example. Client-attorney privilege still applies to your case, even in the courtroom.
Because of this, you and your lawyer may need to discuss what to avoid during your deposition. The details of this will depend on your case, but one thing is certain—your lawyer can help you decide what to share and when to object to the questions.
When you’re hurt in a work accident, you need your benefits to cover all your needs. Because of this, you need to ensure you’re taking the right steps throughout your claim. A mistake can cost you. Because of this, you may need to speak with Pathfinder Injury Law before you attend your deposition.
Your Workers’ Comp attorney can help you prepare your statements, and they can ensure you’re telling them all they need to hear, and nothing more. Your lawyer can guide you through this process when you reach out for a free consultation, leading you to the benefits you’re due. When you’re ready to work with a lawyer, call 804-505-0633 or complete the online contact form below.
Bryn Swartz is passionate about helping others navigate work-related injuries. Read more from the founder of Pathfinder Injury Law in VA.