A: A deposition is the insurance company’s opportunity to speak with you and ask you questions before the scheduled hearing. It is part of what is called “discovery.” At a deposition, you are in a room with the attorney for the employer and insurance company and a court reporter (and your attorney if you have counsel). The defense attorney asks you questions. It is less formal than a hearing but should still be taken seriously because your answers are under oath just like if you were testifying in court. A court reporter documents the questions asked and the responses you give. A written transcript is provided to both parties and will be used during the legal proceedings related to disputed benefits you may be seeking.
If the insurance company informs you they wish to take your deposition, you will likely want to have your own attorney present to protect your rights.
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