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How Do I Get Ready to Give a Deposition

How do I get ready to give a deposition? This is something you may be thinking about if you have to give a deposition.

You were injured and/or suffered damages in an accident that was not your fault. The accident was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party.

You are bringing a personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible for the accident. Now you have to give a deposition in which you will have to answer questions under oath that are asked by the opposing attorney.

Help to prepare

Now you want to know, “How do I get ready to give a deposition?” Here are some things that will help prepare you to give a deposition.

Remember that a deposition is an important part of a personal injury lawsuit. It is a vital part of what is referred to as discovery, which is a formal investigation to get more information concerning the personal injury lawsuit.

Answer each question truthfully. If you are the innocent victim of an accident that was brought about by another party’s negligence, you have nothing to fear from telling the truth. In fact, if you do not tell the truth, it is perjury and can greatly damage your case if the truth is revealed in court.

Do not volunteer any information. As mentioned above, answer each question truthfully. However, do not volunteer any information. Answer each question as simply and truthfully as you can. This is not the place to present your opinions, viewpoint, ideas or explanations.

Do not be afraid to say I do not know. If you do not know the answer to a question, simply say, “I don’t know.” You are not expected to know all of the details regarding the accident.

Do not answer any question your attorney objects to. You are allowed to have your attorney present with you at the deposition, and you can confer with him or her at any time during the deposition in regard to any question you are asked or any answer you will give. Pause for a moment before answering any question in order to think about the question and in case your attorney objects to the question. If your attorney objects to a question, do not answer it.

Listen carefully. It is important that you hear a question correctly and clearly before you attempt to answer it. If you do not hear a question, you cannot answer it truthfully.

Make sure you understand a question before you answer it. If you do not understand a question that the opposing attorney asks you, you have the right to ask the attorney to rephrase or explain the question until you do understand it.

Stay polite and calm. Do not get angry, argue or lose your temper. The opposing attorney may press you and try to upset you, but it is important that you stay calm and answer each question in a manner and tone that is polite.

One of the important reasons why you need the representation of a personal injury attorney in a personal injury lawsuit is that you will have to give a deposition.

Article written by James Shugart

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