3 Tips For Preparing For A Deposition

2 January 2015
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If you are faced with a personal injury, you may file a legal action with the help of a company like McCready Garcia & Leet P.C. against your offender. This will require you to go through the steps of civil litigation in an attempt to recover your financial losses. Medical bills, time lost from work and additional expenses can all add up quickly. One of the key parts of civil litigation includes the discovery stage, and the deposition is a part of this process. Knowing tips to allow you to be successful during this event may significantly work to strengthen your case.

What is a deposition?

Meeting with the opposing party's attorney and answering a series of questions that relate to the case is referred to as a deposition. You will be sworn in under oath, so it's important to be truthful at all times.

Additionally, be certain to have your attorney attend with you to keep your best interests in mind at all times.

Tip #1: Provide short responses

When you are asked questions about your injury, you should give a yes or no answer when this is possible. The less information you can provide, the less chance of your words getting turned around on you.

Tip #2: Meet with your attorney

Discussing what will occur at the deposition is crucial to prepare you for it. Take the time to meet with your lawyer and consider asking some of the questions listed below:

1. How long will the deposition last?

2. Are there any questions that you can avoid answering?

3. Should you bring written evidence regarding the case?

4. Can you take short breaks during this meeting when necessary?

5. Is it possible to bring family members or friends along with you for your support?

Your personal injury attorney can provide you with many details that are necessary for you to have the most success possible at a deposition.

Tip #3:  Know the question

Never attempt to respond to an inquiry without fully understanding the question. You may provide the wrong information when you don't intend to do so.

Keep in mind, there will be a court transcriber who will take record the entire meeting, so every word you say will be on record.

Finally, providing a solid deposition that states the facts can strengthen your case. Be sure to rely on the expertise of a personal injury attorney to help guide you through this critical process for your case.