Before your personal injury case goes to trial, you and your injury attorney in Stamford will most likely sit for a deposition with the opposing attorney. This might sound intimidating but is entirely standard procedure. The deposition is your opportunity to testify about what happened and answer questions to establish your account of the accident.
What Should I Expect?
Just like at trial, you will be sworn in before beginning your deposition testimony, and anything you say at deposition might be brought up later on during trial. However, unlike at trial, there will be no judge or jury there, just you and your injury attorney in Stamford, the opposing counsel, and the court reporter. The opposing counsel will be able to ask you questions and you will be expected to answer them.
What Should I Do?
The deposition is a critically important part of your personal injury case, so it is important that your Connecticut injury attorney help you prepare beforehand. Here are some basic tips:
- Take your time and think about your answers before speaking. Make sure you are aware of the answer before saying the first time that comes to mind.
- Answer honestly and fully. You will be expected to answers with the whole truth, not just the partial truth. Do not try to find a loophole that lets you get away with not answering the whole question, even if you are afraid it makes you look bad. Let your attorney worry about that.
- Answer succinctly. By the same token, do not volunteer more information than is asked in the question. If it is a yes or no question, simply answer “yes” or “no.”
- Ask for a break if necessary. Depositions can go very long and be very tedious. If you want to take a break to regain your thoughts, don’t be afraid to ask.
What Should I Not Do?
- Don’t tell the attorney where to find the answers to questions that you don’t. Let them figure that out on their own. If you don’t know something, it is OK to say that.
- Don’t argue or get emotional. It may be difficult, especially if the opposing counsel is being aggressive, but do not get angry or aggressive back. That will only make you look irrational and not credible.
- Don’t discuss your case with anyone but your own lawyer. Other people who are present in the room are not on your side and might report anything they overhear to the opposing counsel.
Contact an Injury Attorney in Stamford
For more information on how to prepare for your deposition, contact an injury attorney in Stamford at the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons and Grant LLC. Call (203) 348-2465.