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We see people testify all the time on courtroom dramas, but not all testimony is given on the witness stand at trial. Before a trial ever takes place, lawyers from both sides are able to interview potential witnesses as part of the discovery process.

If you are required to give a deposition as part of a personal injury claim, here are some tips for how to testify at a deposition.

For many people, a work related injury doesn't just mean pain and suffering. It means days of work will be missed, medical bills will pile up, or money will get tight. Most people will need their workers' compensation benefits as soon as possible.

So, how long will a workers' compensation claim take? When will you start receiving money?

Today is National Doctor's Day, so we are turning our focus to what a medical malpractice case can be like from the doctor's perspective.

Being sued for any reason can be a scary prospect, but when it's a lawsuit regarding your professional performance, it can be doubly frightening. So here are a few legal and procedural elements doctors can expect when defending a medical malpractice claim.

With the prevalence of medical marijuana in the U.S. (23 states and counting), and with the variance of workers' compensation coverage from state-to-state, it's only natural to wonder whether your workers' comp covers medical marijuana. With the nation's pot laws seemingly changing by the day, it may be hard to keep track of what's legal and what's not.

We know we can't go to work stoned, but can we treat a work injury with legal weed? Let's take a look:

After a year of back and forth negotiations, countless doctor's visits, and lots of pain and suffering, your lawyer got you a settlement award for your personal injury claim.

Congratulations! You now get to pocket that money and go on your merry way. But, wait just a second. The tax man would like to speak with you real quick. Part of that settlement you got might belong to him.

So, is your personal injury settlement award really taxable?

If you believe you've been injured or harmed because of a mistaken diagnosis or poor medical treatment, your initial decisions could shape any possible legal claims you may have.

The first steps in a medical malpractice case can be critical, so let's take a look at what you should do if you're thinking of filing a claim.

With Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, we do not lack for forums to share all of our troubles and joys with the world. Got injured at work? Post it on Facebook or Twitter. The stream of well wishing comments and commiserations will make you feel better. Or will it?

People have been fired for discussing work online. Thirteen Virgin Atlantic crew members were fired for insulting passengers and criticizing the company's sanitation and safety standards on Facebook. A California Pizza Kitchen server was fired for criticizing the company's new uniforms on its corporate Twitter account. A young woman was fired for a twitter post before she even started working. Obviously, your actions on social media can get you in trouble at work.

So, should you think twice about discussing your workers' compensation claim on Facebook?

If you've agreed to a settlement in your injury case, you may be wondering what happens if the other side doesn't live up to their end of the bargain. So how do you enforce a settlement agreement?

As it turns out, just expecting the other party to hold up their side of the deal might not be enough, and even requesting compliance in writing may not mean you'll get paid. So here are a couple considerations when it comes time to enforce a settlement agreement.

Workers' compensation programs are state specific. Each state has a different set of rules and requirements and grants different benefits.

So, what are the best and worst states for workers' compensation? It depends on what criteria you're looking at.

Nobody wants a back injury. It hurts! But, when a back injury prevents you from being able to do your job, the pain can be felt in your wallet as well as on your back.

Work related back injuries, also known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), account for one-third of all work related injuries and illnesses each year. The average cost of a back injury worker's comp claim can be as high as $80,000. This covers the cost of medical care and missed work.

So, can you get workers' compensation for a back injury?