If you have filed a personal injury claim, and your case is not going to be settled by the opposite party, then your case is going to go to trial. One of the first steps in this process is to set up a deposition. This is a time when you and the opposite party involved give their side of the story. This is also a time when witnesses are interviewed. It's important that you take this process seriously because it will make a difference in your trial. For example, if your story changes at all, your side of the story can start to appear weak, thus favoring the opposing party. This is why it's important to pay attention and answers questions to the best of your ability. Here are five tips you need to consider:
- Take in the Question: Before you answer any questions, it's important for you to fully understand what is being asked. You don't want to over answer the question, which can just bring more complications into the case that may not be favorable to your side. You also want to be sure that you are answering the question honestly with the facts that you believe to be true.
- Give Precise Details: If the question calls for it, it's important to give precise details. This way, your answers cannot be refuted easily. Plus, it makes your story seem more sound and complete.
- Don't Lie: There are some questions that you may feel the need to give untruthful answers because, otherwise, it may hurt your case. However, this is not the case if you truly have a personal injury case. A lie can actually hurt your case because then it makes it appear that you are fabricating the story. In which case, the judge will tend to favor the opposing party.
- Practice: The best way to prepare for the deposition is to practice with your personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer can prepare you since they know what types of questions are asked. They will also know how you should best answer them and what kinds of answers you should avoid.
- Don't Be Afraid to Not Know: Whenever you don't know the answer to a question that is asked, it's always better to say you don't know rather than make something up. If you honestly don't know, it's okay to say so.
When you follow these five tips, you'll have greater chances of a successful deposition.