Ok, you got a letter saying you have to appear for a “deposition” in your workers’ comp case. What do you do? Well, first of all, make sure you show up. You can lose your case if you don’t cooperate. Second, as I always say in my blog, “first seek a competent, experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.” If you are unrepresented, the lawyer for the insurance carrier may take advantage of your inexperience and uncertainty about the situation.
Though I can’t give specific legal advice in this blog since I do not know your particular case, if you have been unable to get legal help, a few tips might help.
- Don’t lie
- Only answer the question you have been asked
- Don’t hide your medical history
- Dress nice for the deposition and look your questioner in the eyes
- Don’t let them get you mad
- You are not on trial at the deposition
- You have the right to read the transcript of the deposition for accuracy once it is transcribed by the court reporter.
As always, the best advice I can give you is to seek a competent, experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to represent you.