A personal injury deposition is part of your lawsuit. During the deposition, at which your lawyer and the insurance company’s attorney are present, and perhaps the defendant’s attorney, you are asked a series of questions regarding the circumstances surrounding the accident and about your injuries. Depositions are also taken under oath.
The insurance company’s attorney will ask specific questions relating to your injury. Common questions in a personal injury deposition include:
Also expect to provide the names of all healthcare providers and information regarding medical bills and lost income. In personal injury cases relating to motor vehicle accidents, expect questions about your driving record and any traffic tickets or other offenses.
Arriving at the deposition well-prepared is critical. That means you should spend a fair amount of time in the days prior to the deposition reviewing accident reports, your medical records, any video footage taken after the accident and other relevant material.
During the deposition, it is important to stick to the facts of your case. Avoid the temptation to exaggerate the extent of your injuries or impairment. Provide simple but honest answers. There is no need to go into detail, as you must keep in mind the insurance or defense lawyers will try to use any of your statements against you. Do not answer a question that an attorney has not asked.
If you do not understand a question, say so. Never answer a question if you are unsure exactly what is being asked. If you are asked a question to which you do not know the answer, simply say you do not know. Do not try to guess an answer or make an estimation or approximation. You may have the same type of question asked more than once, so it is recommended to stay consistent in your answers. During the deposition, it is to your benefit to dress as professionally as possible; wear clean, conservative clothing and appear well-groomed.
If you or a loved one was injured because of the actions of another party, you need the services of the experienced Eatontown personal injury lawyers at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. An attorney can help you recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call us at 732-493-9400 or fill out our online form for a free consultation.
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