So let’s imagine a scene: You are at your Shasta workers’ compensation deposition and you’re giving testimony under oath. The defense attorney keeps trying to corner you with questions designed to erode your credibility.
So far she’s asked you a number of questions about the details of your accident: What time was it? How much weight was involved in the impact? Who else was in the vicinity? You’ve carefully qualified every response you aren’t absolutely certain of with words like “approximately” and phrases like “to the best of my recollection.”
Now she’s pulled out a folder from her briefcase in order to ask you an obscure detail of a claim you filed no less than fifteen years earlier. She asks you the question and looks up at you expectantly. Apparently, this is something that everyone in the room feels you should know. You don’t want to look foolish, but, at the same time, you have no idea how to answer her question.
When it is the truth, the most important phrase in your vocabulary during a deposition is “I don’t know.”
It’s possible that the atmosphere in the room may make you feel like you need an answer to every question the defense attorney asks, but the truth is you absolutely do not. Guessing or giving an unqualified estimation could mean trouble. If you honestly don’t know the answer, just admit you don’t know the answer.
Are you preparing to file for workers’ compensation? Don’t shortchange your rights. Talk to a Shasta workers' compensation attorney before you file. Call Ledgerwood Law Group at 888-761-7383 or fill out our online contact form to learn more. Be sure to ask how to receive a FREE copy of our informative book, The Northern California Workers’ Compensation Survival Manual.
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