So you or a loved one was involved in a motor vehicle accident and had come to suffer some sort of injury that influenced a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims can sometimes take years to conclude. Once a lawsuit is filed, discovery is gathered. This is when parties, plaintiff and defendant, provide all information that may seemingly defend their argument in this settlement decision. During this phase of the case, depositions occur. Both sides will be heard from involved parties and this is the factor that can ultimately make or break an entire case. There are a few things you should know about depositions, what to expect, and what may be expected of you.
Understand that anyone may be called into the deposition in regards to this case, much like calling a witness to the stand in the courtroom. This may be the passenger in the vehicle, witnesses, the police officers, and anyone who provided medical care to you or the injured party.
Because this phase can determine a settlement amount, or whether you are going to trial, you must be extremely careful about what you say during a deposition. There may be several questions, which may seem repetitive, but treat this as if you are already on trial. Opposing counsel will try to get as much contradictory or incriminating information as possible; they do not want to be sued but also do not want to pay out if they do not have to. Give as minimal details as possible, the truth may be helpful but they do not always need every detail. Do also remember, it is okay to not remember. This is a natural reaction after a traumatizing incident. This may be a very intimidating space to be in but remember, this is for you and your attorney will also ask a few questions to relax you. Speak up, speak clearly, and speak the truth.
Personal injury claims come with a lot of additional stress while you are focusing on recovering from the injury addressed in your claim. Should you or someone you know be a victim of a personal injury, in any case, contact a personal injury attorney in Dekalb County, GA as soon as possible. This way, when it is time for deposition you are fully prepared. Personal injury attorneys usually offer free consultations, discuss your case with an attorney in your area as soon as you can.
Thanks to Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into personal injury claims and depositions.