Both sides are given the opportunity to gather more information about the case before a personal injury lawsuit goes to trial. This is known as discovery, and one of the most common tools used to gather information during this phase of the case is the deposition. Here’s what you should expect during a personal injury deposition:
You will be asked to appear at a certain time and place in order to answer questions about the case under oath. Typically, the other party’s lawyer will ask the questions. Your lawyer is welcome to attend to ensure your rights are not violated at any point in the questioning. A court reporter may also be present to create a record of what was said during the deposition.
Questions to Expect During A Personal Injury Deposition
The opposing attorney may start off by asking simple questions related to your employment, salary history, and living arrangements. But, the questions will get harder from here. Since this is the information-gathering phase of the case, the opposing attorney will want to learn more about the accident that occurred. For example, let’s say you were injured in a car accident. You may need to tell the opposing attorney where you were traveling prior to the accident, whether or not you were distracted, the speed at which you were traveling, and what happened immediately following the crash.
The opposing attorney will most likely ask questions related to your medical history, so it’s important to be prepared to discuss injuries and treatments from your past. You will need to answer questions about your current condition as well. Be ready to provide detailed answers on the injuries you sustained in the accident and the treatments you received as a result of these injuries. The attorney may question the methods you’ve used or the healthcare providers you’ve chosen to treat your injuries. In fact, the attorney may expect you to justify these decisions during the deposition.
What to Remember During A Deposition
It’s important to remember that every answer is given under oath, which means you must always tell the truth during a deposition. Speak slowly and choose your words carefully. Do not be afraid to ask for clarification if you are not sure what you are being asked. Also, keep in mind that there’s no harm in admitting you do not know the answer. It’s better to admit that you are unsure than it is to lie under oath.
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