In some cases, accident victims are required to give depositions when they file a personal injury lawsuit. The thought of providing testimony can be frightening and overwhelming. For some, the fact that the deposition is before a court reporter under a sworn oath can be daunting. Being forced to sit in a conference room and answer questions for an attorney who represents the person who caused your injury seems unpleasant at best.
Are you wondering why you may have to be put through this if you did nothing wrong?
Why Do We Have Depositions?
In most cases, the defense attorney wants to conduct a deposition of an accident victim to get additional information about the case. He may want to see what evidence your attorney has or how you may handle yourself during a trial. Some attorneys conduct depositions to assess whether the case should be settled or go to trial.
The important thing to remember is you are not alone. Your attorney is in the room with you. Furthermore, we prepare you for the deposition, so you will not feel as nervous on that day.
Tips for Accident Victims Giving Depositions
In addition to specific tips your Livermore personal injury attorney may give to you, these tips are always useful during a deposition:
- Take a deep breath before each answer. You are not in a hurry. You can take your time answering each question, so think before you speak to make sure you say only what you mean to say.
- Do not answer if you do not understand the question. It is okay to tell the attorney you are unsure of what he is asking. If you do not understand the questions, ask the attorney to clarify before you answer.
- Always be honest. You are under oath. Your answers can be used later in court. Therefore, be honest. If you cannot recall the answer, simply state that you do not recall. Do not estimate or guess unless directed by your attorney.
- Keep it simple. Do not volunteer any information. Listen carefully to each question and only answer that question. Do not elaborate.
- Be polite and respectful. It is easy to see the other attorney as the enemy, but he is doing his job. Being rude can cast you in a poor light. Leave your temper at home, remain calm, and answer the questions politely. Do not allow the attorney to agitate you because you could trip up.
- You may answer intimate questions. If your claim includes loss of consortium or pain and suffering damages, you might be required to answer intimate questions. The questions are not intended to embarrass you. Try to maintain your composure and answer honestly.
- Get a good night’s rest and eat a healthy meal. Before a deposition, it is important to rest and eat a healthy meal.
Livermore Personal Injury Attorneys
The process of filing a personal injury lawsuit can be confusing. It is our job to walk you through the process while providing support, counsel, and encouragement. We are with you each step of the way.
For a free legal consultation with a Livermore personal injury attorney, call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or visit our website. Our attorneys assist clients in Livermore and the entire Bay Area.