Chico Workers’ Comp Lawyer: Credibility Questions & the Defense
It’s common for our clients to not be sure where the defense attorney – the attorney working for your employer’s insurance company – is going with many of his or her questions during your Chico workers’ comp deposition.
Once you’ve had a taste of how the deposition process works, you’ll realize that the defense attorney isn’t necessarily looking for answers as much as he or she is looking for you to make a verbal slipup they can exploit to discredit you.
Usually, that’s done when you make an innocent misstatement, like remembering a detail wrong or using an absolute statement, so that the defense can rush in with evidence that directly contradicts your testimony. It’s a problem not only because saying the wrong thing will sabotage your case, but could also get you into legal trouble. Whenever the defense starts asking credibility questions, you should immediately go on high alert; speaking with full awareness that everything you say is going to be heavily scrutinized.
To start you out, we’ve included a few credibility questions a defense attorney may ask you while you are on the stand. Don’t they look innocuous?
- Can you lift a forty-pound bag of dog food?
- Do you weed your garden?
- Can you lift a small child?
- Can you wash your car?
If you have any concerns about how to answer credibility questions or protect yourself during deposition testimony, don’t wait any longer to talk to a Chico workers' comp attorney today. Call Ledgerwood Law Group at 888-761-7383 or fill out our online contact form. Be sure to order our FREE and informative report, The Northern California Workers’ Compensation Survival Manual.
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