When you sue for personal injury, part of the process is a deposition. The deposition is when you give your view of the accident while under oath. This is generally used as a way to determine who is liable for the injury and subsequent damages. Before you begin the process, you need to be aware of the rules and procedures:
Just as you would do so in court, you must be truthful when you are giving a deposition. The attorney of the defendant will cross-examine you, similar to in a court proceeding, to disprove your testimony. Avoid overreacting or exaggerating your story. You just need to provide succinct, truthful answers.
Listen Before Providing Answers
Before you provide an answer to a question, take a moment to carefully listen to what is being asked. You should only provide the most essential information without extra detail unless it is asked for in a follow-up question. The defendant's attorney could attempt to lead you to a different line of questions, which could end up with you talking about different parts of your case that are not related to the initial question.
If you do not listen carefully, the attorney could place words in your mouth during questioning in an attempt to have you answer a question in a way that is damaging to you.
Don't Answer Questions You Don't Know
Only provide factual answers to questions you know the answers to. If you are unsure of an answer, simply say you do not know. Do not guess or estimate. If you are wrong in your guess, you may not have the opportunity to change your answer for the record. Dates are especially crucial. If you cannot recall a specific date or another figure, simply say you can provide the specific date after consulting your records.
Only Provide the Necessary Information
The goal of the deposition is to gather facts of your case. You do not need to expound on the details of your case. You only need to answer the questions asked of you rather than providing a narrative.
Request Clarification If Necessary
If you are unsure of a question being asked of you or you do not fully understand what the wording of the question means, do not be shy about asking for clarification. Do not try to answer anything unless you are sure of the question. If you are completely confused, you can simply say so rather than guessing what the question is about. The attorney should then rephrase the question in a way you can understand.
For more information, contact a personal injury lawyer, like Teresa P Williams.