What to Know Before Your Deposition for a Workers’ Compensation Claim
If you have been injured on the job in California, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. State law requires most employers to provide workers’ compensation coverage, so it is important to take advantage of the benefits. Filing a claim, however, can be challenging without the help of an attorney. An attorney can help you prepare for your deposition and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
The workers’ compensation lawyers at Levin & Nalbandyan know what it takes to file a successful claim. They have helped countless people obtain the benefits they need after a workplace injury or illness. If you have been hurt at work in Los Angeles, contact our office at (213) 232-4848 to schedule a free consultation.
What Is a Workers’ Comp Deposition?
A deposition is an out-of-court legal proceeding that is done prior to trial. It allows a party to ask questions to another party, witness, or expert while they are under oath. Depositions are usually recorded and transcribed.
Your attorney is allowed to be present at a workers’ compensation deposition. They can object to any questions that they feel are irrelevant or improper. They can also guide you on whether or not you should answer the questions that are being asked.
What Kinds of Questions Will Be Asked in the Deposition?
In a workers’ compensation deposition, they generally want to know about your background, injuries, and treatment plan. Generally, they will start by asking you questions about your identity, such as your name and address. Then they will get into more detail about your history and what caused your injuries.
At a workers’ compensation deposition, you may be asked:
- Where you previously worked
- Whether you were injured at your previous job
- Why you left your previous job
- How long you have worked with your current employer
- If you have pre-existing medical conditions
- If you were previously injured in an accident
- How the workplace accident occurred
- If you are receiving treatment
- Whether you are able to return to work
It is important to be direct and honest with your responses. Depositions are completed under oath. This means that you could be held under penalty of perjury if you are untruthful during questioning. If you are unsure how to answer a question, you should speak with your attorney.
How Can I Prepare for a Deposition?
The best way to prepare for a deposition is by retaining an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. An attorney can walk you through the process and even do dry runs to ensure that you are ready and able for the deposition. The more prepared you are for the deposition, the better off you will be in the long run.
Injured at Work? Contact Our Office.
Were you injured at work in Los Angeles? Contact our office at (213) 232-4848 to schedule a free consultation. Let us help you get the benefits you need. Call our office today to speak directly with a member of our legal team. All case evaluations are confidential.