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Tips for a successful workers’ compensation deposition

On Behalf of | Feb 9, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

A deposition is a common part of the process for workers’ compensation claims. In many cases, a workers’ compensation deposition is the first time that a claimant has given such testimony, which can make the process feel intimidating.

There are a few tips that can help make the experience easier for you.

Gather your records ahead of time

Have copies of everything associated with your claim. Bringing your records with you allows you to reference them for dates and specific details instead of relying on recall. In some cases, you may even be able to give your deposition over the phone, allowing you to stay in a more comfortable environment.

Only answer when you understand the question

Listen to the questions carefully and ensure that you understand them before you answer. Ask for clarification before answering if necessary to ensure that you provide the correct response.

Answer only the specific question

Avoid volunteering any additional information beyond the questions asked of you. Keep your answers succinct and targeted to the question at hand. If you cannot remember something, do not rely on your best guess. Say that you do not recall and stick with that response.

Avoid compound questions

If asked a compound question, ask them to rephrase it. Breaking a compound question into two parts allows you to answer each section clearly, and compound questions are not permissible in a deposition.

Depositions may feel intimidating, but the right preparation and understanding can make the process easier than you think.