May 11, 2016
One of the most important parts of the injury claim process is the deposition. It can also be one of the most nerve-wracking for the injury victim. It’s your first opportunity to tell your side of the story under oath, which makes some folks nervous. A deposition is important to your case, but it’s simply a conversation. If you stick to your story, speak with confidence, and remember the following tips, you should be fine.
Tell the truth. You gain nothing by embellishing or fabricating information in a deposition. Stick to the facts and don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know” or “I can’t recall.” Guessing is never the way to answer a question.
Take your time. Don’t feel like you have to rush to answer every question. Fully process what the opposing attorney has asked before formulating your answer.
Correct yourself. If you misspeak, don’t assume the opposing attorney didn’t pick up on it. He/she is listening for any discrepancies in your story and will use it against you at trial. Don’t be afraid to set the record straight during the deposition, even if the opposing attorney has moved on. Simply say, “I would like to modify my answer.” It’s better to correct yourself in the deposition than in front of a jury at trial.
Depositions can be intimidating, but like every step in the injury claim process, your experienced Stewart & Stewart attorney will be right by your side the entire time, so you have nothing to worry about.