You have filed a car accident lawsuit, and you now have to attend a deposition. It is normal to feel nervous and uncomfortable.
However, at Willens Law Offices, we will help you through this entire process. Here are some simple, yet important tips that will help you prepare for a deposition.
What is a Deposition?
A deposition takes place during the pre-trial discovery process. Each party involved in litigation is allowed to depose the other party and witnesses before the case goes to trial. Attorneys on each side will ask a series of questions to the person being deposed. It is conducted under oath and is recorded by an official court reporter.
Things to Remember During a Deposition
Since a deposition is vital to a trial and includes cross-questioning by the opposing attorney, there are a few important things that you should keep in mind before going for your deposition:
- Preparation– A deposition needs careful preparation. Claimants and defendants are both required to provide answers via written interrogatories before the actual deposition. Therefore, proper preparation in terms of giving appropriate and truthful answers to questions is essential. Moreover, these questions and their answers should be revised before submitting so that written responses match verbal testimonies.
- Listening and understanding – Respondents should carefully listen and understand each question asked, and any doubts should be clarified and cleared with the representing attorney before answering.
- Be truthful – Honesty is vital and trying to be politically correct when it is not the truth can harm the case and will amount to lying under oath.
- Only answer what is asked – Respondents should stick to precise answers and avoid exaggerating or providing information that is not required.
- Avoid speculation – Attorneys will ask you to speculate on the events and happenings surround the car accident. If you don’t know the answer to a question, avoid speculating about what could or should be.
- It is ok to not know an answer – There is no harm in being honest about not knowing or remembering a fact. One should politely answer that they ‘don’t know’.
- Never guess – Guesswork during a deposition can go against the respondent and thus should be avoided.
- It is okay to make a mistake – It is alright to make a mistake during a deposition. Respondents should stay calm and politely clarify the mistake made.
- Avoid jokes – A deposition is not a joking matter and jokes are viewed in bad taste just as sarcasm is. It is better to avoid it.
- Stay calm – Respondents should maintain composure and avoid losing their temper and getting frustrated. Aggressive emotions tend to backfire.
Contact a Chicago Auto Accident Lawyer
If you have been in a car accident, you need an experienced Chicago car accident attorney to ensure that you receive all of your benefits. Call Willens Law Offices today at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form.