A workers’ compensation deposition is an on-the-record conversation during which you’ll be asked to provide answers to certain questions that are pertinent to your injury case. It’s fairly common during the discovery period of your workers’ compensation claim, and while it typically won’t make your case, it can tank it if you say something you shouldn’t. To help ensure your deposition goes smoothly, we want to take a closer look at some of the questions you might be asked during a deposition. Below, we explore some questions you’ll want to be prepared for if you are deposed after a work injury in Minnesota.
Questions You Might Be Asked During A Work Comp Deposition
We want to help you prepare for your workers’ compensation deposition, but keep in mind that this is just general advice. The best advice you’ll receive is from your lawyer, so always take their advice to heart. Below, you’ll find some questions and topics that will likely be covered during your workers’ compensation deposition.
General Background Information – The deposition will likely kick off with some general questions about you, including your name, date of birth, address and how long you’ve been with the company.
Prior Injuries – While it may seem like they are asking about any other injuries you’ve suffered at work, questions about prior injuries can suggest that outside factors may play a role in the totality of your injuries. If you hurt your back skiing and then suffered a back injury at work, the insurance company may try to suggest that the real problem stemmed from the previous injury. You’ll talk with your lawyer about your injury history so you’ll be able to handle these questions appropriately should you fear that a previous injury could impact your current situation.
The Accident – They’ll also want to get a recorded statement about what happened that caused your accident. You can explain what happened, but try to just focus on answering the attorney’s questions. Rambling on can make things harder for both sides. Don’t start answering until they’ve asked the full question, take a moment to think, then clearly and concisely explain what happened.
Treatment Basics – The other side will also want some information about what types of medical treatment you’ve undergone and where you went for care. They may ask how quickly you sought care, where you went and who performed your evaluation.
Current Restrictions – They’ll also want to know what recommendations your treating physician made and any temporary or permanent physical restrictions you are facing. They may also ask about your possible return to work, depending on where you’re at in your recovery.
Pain – Finally, the other side may also ask about your current pain levels and how your pain has hopefully improved as you’ve received care. They’ll also want to know each specific area of your body that has been affected by the workplace accident.
Again, your injury lawyer will be able to cover these topics in greater detail based on the specifics of your case, so lean on them as a resource. And if you need an ally in your corner in the greater Twin Cities area, we hope you’ll lean on Dean and the team at Margolis Law Office. For more information or to see if you have a claim, give our team a call today at (952) 230-2700.
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