If you have been involved in a personal injury case, an attorney for the other party’s insurance company may ask you to give a deposition. A deposition is a legal tool that may be used to ask questions about the facts and details of the case. The main objective is to learn as much information as possible. This information is beneficial to the attorney conducting the deposition as it helps determine the strengths or weaknesses of the case.
If you are scheduled to give a deposition and want legal representation, contact our law offices, and ask to schedule a free consultation so we can discuss your case and address any of your concerns.
What Questions Do They Usually Ask During a Deposition?
A deposition is typically given in an attorney’s office with several other individuals present, including a court reporter, a videographer, the examiner, the other party’s counsel, and your legal representative. The examiner will ask you various questions that ask you to give your name and other important contact information needed for the record.
Some of the other questions the examiner may ask you include:
- Your physical condition before the accident occurred.
- How the accident occurred and other related information, such as how you reacted, weather conditions, and how you responded after the accident occurred.
- Your medical diagnosis, how your injury has been treated, and any follow-up care you may have received.
- How has the accident affected you emotionally and financially
What Should I Not Say During a Deposition?
You should be sure to avoid certain statements and actions when giving a deposition. They include:
- Do not provide any additional information. Be sure only to answer the question that is being asked of you.
- Do not talk too much or ramble
- Refrain from arguing or acting aggressively
- Do not use profanity
- Do not attempt to minimize the situation
- Avoid disclosing any privileged information
Your attorney can help prepare you by reviewing the various legal procedures and going into greater detail about how to conduct yourself during the deposition.
Am I Legally Required to Give a Deposition?
If the request for you to give a deposition came in the form of a subpoena, you are legally obligated to give a deposition. However, you should always be certain that the request is actually in the form of a subpoena and not simply a strongly worded statement used to try and gain compliance.
If you have received a request to give a deposition, one of the first steps you need to take is to consult with a qualified lawyer who can answer your questions and represent you during the questioning.
Why Should I Have Legal Representation When Giving a Deposition?
If you are involved in any legal proceeding, it is always in your best interests to have legal representation. An attorney can advise you on what questions may be asked and how to answer them best when giving the deposition.
Contact our law firm by calling 812-247-8416 and ask to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and advise you of your legal rights.