How To Prepare Yourself For A Deposition
When you are involved in an accident due to another person's negligence, you need to contact a personal injury attorney. Once you decide to move forward with a lawsuit, you may have to provide a deposition. The following are some things you need to know to help you prepare for your deposition:
Take Your Time
A deposition is a meeting in which your attorney as well as the attorney for the defendant get together and ask questions. The goal is to find the facts of the case prior to it going to trial. Each attorney has a certain amount of time to question all the witnesses involved, which includes you and the other party.
When you are asked questions, take your time to answer. While there is a certain amount of time allotted for the meeting, do not feel like you need to rush through your answers. Take a moment before you answer to ensure you heard the question correctly. If you are not sure what the attorney is asking, you can ask for clarification or to word the question differently.
Do Not Get Chatty
This is a basic question-and-answer session. This is not the time to provide a full narrative of the accident. If you say anything that may implicate you in any way, even if you are not at fault, it can harm the outcome of your case. Just answer the questions asked of you without any added details.
You are going to be answering questions under oath. For this reason, you need to tell the truth at all times. If you are unsure of an answer to a question, you can just say you do not know. Do not try to guess what the attorney wants to hear. Do not provide estimations. If an attorney asks you about a specific date or time, for instance, and you cannot recall, do not guess. State that you cannot provide an accurate answer. Stating you do not know an answer to a question is better than answering incorrectly.
This can be a tense experience. You may start to feel pressured or intimidated. Just keep in mind that you are there to provide your version of the accident by answering questions. As long as you are telling the truth, you have nothing to worry about.
Do not engage in any emotional conflicts. Resist the urge to argue with anyone involved. This can ultimately impact your ability to answer questions and can hurt your case.