Guidelines for Giving a Good Deposition
A deposition is a pre-trial oral testimony that is performed under oath. It serves as a discovery process where the opposing council can ask questions and determine the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident that caused your injury. The only difference between giving testimony in court versus during a deposition is that a judge is not present.
The answers you provide during a deposition can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. Everything you say and don’t say, the way in which you say it, and even your professionalism demonstrated through your attire and attitude play an important role in ensuring a good deposition.
Although our personal injury attorneys will always ensure that our clients are well-prepared for a deposition, below are a few guidelines to keep in mind when preparing for a good deposition.
Always tell the truth. If you do not tell the truth while under oath, you are committing perjury, which is a felony. Not only could lying lead to serious consequences for you personally, but it could also negatively impact your case.
Listen carefully and only answer what is asked. It is of utmost importance that you listen very carefully to each question asked. You should only provide an answer to the question asked – do not volunteer any additional information. You could risk putting your case in jeopardy by providing too much or even too little information.
Pause after each question is asked. This gives you time to think about your answer before responding. It also gives your attorney time to object if the question is inappropriate.
Remain calm. The circumstances surrounding your injury may be emotional for you. However, it is important to maintain composure during a deposition and not to show anger or any other negative emotions toward the other attorney.
Although depositions can be intimidating, your attorney will prepare you for the questions you should expect and prep you on the best ways to answer them. Our team of legal professionals always has the best interests of our clients as our top priority. We are dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve after any type of personal injury.