Following a work injury, an insurer is unlikely to approve workers’ compensation benefits until they make a determination that benefits are warranted.
A worker may be required to submit to a deposition detailing the circumstances of their workplace accident including information regarding medical treatment they have received and a doctor’s diagnosis.
Although a deposition can be intimidating, it really boils down to listening carefully to the questions being asked and providing truthful, succinct responses. Questions may include:
- Back ground information including name, date, address, educational background,work history and possibly questions regarding a criminal history or whether you have filed workers’ compensation claims in the past.
- You may be asked about prior injures and whether your current injury could have been caused by something other than the work accident.
- You may be asked about the circumstances of the accident. Conditions resulting from repetitive motion over a period of time may require more detailed answers.
- You will be asked to provide information regarding your treatment history, beginning with your first encounter with a medical professional and all subsequent treatment you received following.
- Finally, you may be asked how the injury limits you physically or mentally. Depending on the nature of your injury, it may be difficult to perform certain physical and mental tasks.
After a deposition concludes, the injured worker and their attorney can look over the provided written copy of the transcript to add pertinent information or make corrections. Although the overall process is not as intimidating as you might fear, it is important to prepare for your deposition with your attorney for the best results.
If you have questions regarding your workers’ compensation benefits following a workplace injury, contact the Des Moines Law Offices of Stoltze & Stoltze PLC for help today.