A deposition is a person’s testimony under oath. It is subject to the penalty of perjury. That means that the deponent must testify truthfully as to any and all issues which are material to the lawsuit or litigation. In a worker’s comp case it is absolutely necessary to disclose any and all prior injury claims or accidents.
Since the deposition is a discovery tool, the defendants have the right to inquire as to not only relevant facts, but also any facts which might lead to the discovery of relevant information. A deponent should never volunteer information at a deposition, but only answer a question that is posed. Never assume that the friendly attorney asking you questions is your friend, or has sympathy toward your case. Honey just works better than vinegar. Watch out. . .