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Why is a deposition requested before a hearing date? And, after the deposition, does that give the IC opportunity to reinstate benefits or offer some type of settlement? Any info will help. I don't understand the process but am trying to learn. Does there have to be a rating of impairment before an offer or will medical evidence suffice?
If you have a deposition make sure you have an attorney with you or you know what to do. This is a sworn statement and anything you say under oath they will try to use against you later. Never use the words can't or never because when you go to court they may have evidence that you have done something that you stated you can't do.This will make you look like a liar. Do not buddy up to the opposing attourney since they will try to get you to make a mistake, just be polite, but not friendly. Don't let them anger you, they will try. DO NOT add anything they don't ask. This is a fishing trip for them to try and find out things they don't know. If you have a lawyer they will tell you how to answer questions.
The information gained from a deposition is almost useless if obtained after the hearing.
settlement can occur at almost any time during a claim.
Not necessarily; depends on the work comp laws of your state.
If this is your deposition, I would, depending on the laws of your state, refuse. The judge will not be at the deposition, so many objectionable statements or questions could make it into the record that would never be allowed before the judge. Why can't your testimony be taken at the hearing?
You can refuse a deposition? I thought they were a matter of course before any hearing. That's not part of the evidence the judge will be wanting to look at ahead of time? COOL! (yes, I know, my mileage may vary)