If you are in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit, you may be called for a deposition. Many people don’t know much about depositions aside from what they see on TV and movies. It is important that you are well prepared and you know what to expect when you are being deposed.
1) Dress Formally
While many depositions are held in offices, you should still treat it as a formal hearing. Many depositions are videotaped and recorded. Men should wear a suit and tie and women should wear a suit or other formal business attire. Make sure you are well groomed and clean cut. The way you present yourself in a deposition is very important.
2) You Are on the Record
Be aware that everything you say is being recorded and put in a transcript. There will be a court reporter documenting the questions being asked and your answers. Speak slowly and clearly for the court reporter. If you are unsure about a question, pause or ask your attorney. They may be able to reword the question so you are better able to understand.
3) The Purpose of a Deposition
The purpose of a deposition is not so you can tell your side of the story. It is actually a question and answer session for opposing counsel. They will try to trip you up and make you answer differently to differently worded questions. They hope to catch you in a lie so they can discredit you. Relax and answer questions truthfully. If you do not know the answer to a question, do not speculate. Simply say that you do not know the answer.
If you have questions about what your deposition may be like, talk to your attorney. They will be able to help you adequately prepare. Contact Dashner Law for assistance with your case. Call 972-793-8989 or 817-864-9980 to schedule your initial consultation.