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Workmans Comp Deposition-Your Rights During The Process

Posted in Uncategorized on December 5, 2016

Deposition

What is a deposition and do I have to go?  A deposition is a chance for the opposing attorney to ask you questions.  There will be a court reporter taking down everything that is said.  They are allowed to do this and if you refuse to go, you could be thrown out or court or even have you benefits stopped.  The important thing is to tell the truth.  It’s easier to explain why you did something or did not do something rather than why you lied about it. (Or, what appeared to be a lie.)  Don’t guess.  If you do, you will have to remember how you guessed at the deposition when you testify before the court.

 

Serious

Take the deposition very seriously.  This is still part of the legal system.  While opposing counsel may seem friendly, remember, he represents the insurance company that is not giving you something you want.  You may “think” you know why the attorney is asking you something, when in fact, it is for an entirely different reason.  Don’t anticipate.  Don’t talk on and on.  You don’t need to convince the lawyer of your case.  You need to convince a Judge.

 

Call A Lawyer

It may be time to call a lawyer when you get the Notice of Deposition.  Once the deposition happens, it is hard for an attorney to catch up.  If you have retained an attorney, the attorney will be sitting side by side with you at the deposition.  The attorney will be able to make sure your rights are protected and you do not get talked into something.  At that point in the process, deadlines for submitting evidence and requesting subpoenas for witnesses is quickly passing.  You don’t want to delay this as this affects your rights.  This is your day in court and you don’t want to short-change yourself.