The term deposition carries with it an intimidating connotation that be anxiety-inducing to those going through a personal injury case. It is however a normal part of the legal process and isn’t really anything to be afraid of. By definition, a deposition is simply an official statement from a witness or legal party that is given while under the oath of the court. If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit, then you will have it give one at some point, so it is a good idea to know what to expect to ease any concern or confusion.
A deposition in a civil court case can be broken down into three main parts and you will be asked to comment on each of them. The first involves how you or your situation was before the incident in question. The second part is a description of the incident itself. The final part is how life is following the incident. This may be a description of the injuries that were sustained and how they may have affected your quality of life. All three of these accounts should be given to one’s best recollection and only contain relevant information.
When giving a deposition, it is a good idea to be calm and polite in order to make the best presentation for the jury. Honesty is of course a requirement, since it is given under oath, and therefore it is always best to ask for clarity on questions that you may not understand fully. There is nothing wrong with this and is in fact recommended to give the best account possible.
Overall, the person that will help guide you the best through a deposition and personal injury case in general is your attorney. We at the Franco Firm would be happy to serve you in this role and can see that your case is won and you receive the most amount of compensation possible. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation with us, please call (813) 872-0929.