There are quite a few things you should know before beginning a deposition. First thing you need to know is what a deposition is and how it is done.
A deposition is where you go before the other side’s attorney and they ask you questions and you give them answers. Depositions are often recorded, either through a court reporter or videotaping. Depositions are done because the other side has the right to any information about your testimony, injuries, and any other information about the accident. They may also ask questions about previous medical history and/or work history.
Sometimes the other side’s attorney will know the answers to the questions they are asking you. This makes a deposition more important than just answering a few simple questions. Depositions can destroy your case or help solidify it. It can even determine what type of settlement you will receive and how much you will get.
Make sure that you speak with an attorney to better understand how and when to answer questions during a deposition. An attorney’s expert knowledge will help you better understand the process and enable you to move through the deposition process without damaging your case.
No guessing or exaggerations should ever be made. Making statements such as a certain number of seconds or feet, or embellishing your pain level will not help your case and will often hurt it in the long run.
How you should answer questions in a deposition:
- Answers should be provided in sentence format, no longer.
- Give honest, direct, and accurate answers.
- It is okay to respond with “I don’t know”.
- Say “I don’t understand,” or “I am not sure what you are asking,” if you do not know what they are asking.
- Avoid responding with just “Yes” or “No”
- Always ask to see documents being referred to.