A deposition is an important event in your personal injury case. How you appear as a witness can be as important and often more important than what you actually testify to, and your words, under oath, can serve to either corroborate or contradict what you say at trial. Your lawyer will assist in preparing you for your testimony.
Appearance and Demeanor
It should be obvious that you should arrive impeccably groomed, but many people tend to underdress for a deposition; it is desirable to dress as you would for your day in court. Be attentive to all that is occurring around you and act accordingly when you are asked to do something, such as your swearing in as a witness. Be cordial with opposing counsel and avoid arguing with him or her if at all possible. Your attorney will intercede if it appears opposing counsel is acting too aggressively.
When you are called to testify, listen carefully to each question, take your time to formulate your thoughts and answer only what you have been asked. If the question calls for either a yes or no, answer that way. If more information is needed, rely on your attorney to follow up the questioning. Answer truthfully. Again, this seems basic, but you should avoid the tendency some witnesses have of exaggerating the facts to improve their position. While this can be a mistake, so too can it work to your disadvantage to minimize such factors as your injuries or the pain you suffer.
Contact a Fort Worth Personal Injury Attorney for Legal Advice
Many cases are won or lost based on what occurs at a deposition. Be certain you have experienced counsel. For any questions at any stage of your personal injury claim, call Bryan P. Hoeller, a Fort Worth personal injury attorney, at (877) 208-3382.