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If you will be giving a deposition regarding a personal injury, either one you sustained or are accused of causing, you need to be aware of what this means. You'll be questioned about the injury in a setting where everything you say is recorded and can be used as evidence. Here are some things you must know about giving a deposition.
You Will Be Under Oath
While a deposition isn't given in court, you'll be considered under oath during your testimony. This means that being dishonest could result in a perjury charge against you. It is in your best interest to tell the complete truth about the injury.
Lawyers Consider Your Behavior
Part of a deposition is not only what you say, but how you behave during the questioning. Lawyers will use the deposition for observing your reactions the entire time. If you appear nervous or uneasy, it may come off as you not being truthful or the questions themselves rattling you. However, it can also be genuine nervousness, which is why it is worth staging a practice deposition with your accident attorney before the real one.
A Judge Won't Be Present
There will not be a formal judge attending your deposition, but there is still the typical cross examination that you would see if put on the stand in court. If there is an objection to a question, the objection is noted and questioning continues.
Depositions Can Result In A Settlement
If the information that comes out from a deposition is enough to settle a case, a settlement can occur without having to go to court. This can cut down on legal costs and help you move on with your injury case.
Questioning Rules Are Relaxed
The main difference between being questioned in court and a deposition is that a deposition is much more relaxed in terms of what you can say. Witnesses can continue to talk when giving an answer, providing relevant and irrelevant information. Try to be short and concise with your answers so that you do not accidentally say something that can hurt your case.
Refresh Yourself With The Facts
Before going into a deposition, it will help to give you a refresher of all legal records regarding your case. For example, if you kept a journal regarding your injury, it will help to read over the journal to help you be more familiar with what you were going through at the time.
For more information about giving a deposition for your injury case, speak with your lawyer.Share