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So your attorney calls you up and tells you that your deposition has been scheduled. What do you do? Well, the first thing you should do is not panic. Having a deposition is a totally normal part of any litigation or any personal injury case. A deposition is the other side’s one chance to question you, under oath, face-to-face, about the facts of your case. In addition, a deposition is not the same as a mediation. I can see how some clients may get confused about this. It’s kind of a formal event. You’re showing up there, there’s lawyers.
In a deposition, it’s a discovery tool, it’s an event where you’re giving testimony under oath. You’ll be sworn in, you’ll raise your hand. A mediation is informal and confidential. It’s not going to generate evidence that could be used in a trial. Your attorney may want to file the lawsuit in circuit court because there may be certain evidence that they want that they can only obtain by a deposition. Such as summoning third party witnesses with a use of a subpoena to sit down and to testify about what they saw.
Remember these two pieces of advice for your deposition: Read the information, the written discovery, you worked on. These would be inaugurators, document requests, or the documents that may have been produced in your case. Additionally, it’s a good idea to get these out and read them over close to your deposition date. If you don’t have them, you should ask your lawyer’s office to provide you copies of your written discovery responses.
If you have any of the other side’s, the defendant’s written discovery responses, you should get those too and read those over. To keep the record clear that it is important to wait until the attorney asking the questions, finishes the question before you begin your answer. For our cases that we handle, personal injury cases, medical malpractice, depositions usually last anywhere from an hour to four hours. The most important thing to remember is just to tell the truth. Just answer the question in a straight-forward manner. Listen to the question being asked. Don’t offer up more information than what’s being asked and just truthfully answer the question.
Here at Malloy Law Offices, LLC, our attorneys are experts when it comes to these situations. With years of experience, we always aim to ease our clients’ minds. If you would like to see how our lawyers handle these cases, click here to view more. Lastly, our consultations are free in our offices. Call (888) 607-8690 today!