A deposition is a formal legal proceeding taking place outside of the courtroom wherein sworn testimony is taken from a witness. This testimony is gathered through a question-and-answer session involving attorneys from both sides of the case. A court reporter will almost certainly be present.
The purpose of a deposition is to obtain sworn statements and information from the plaintiff (you) and the defendant (the person being accused of causing your accident) as well as witnesses for each side. These statements are recorded and verified by the court reporter either by video or audio recordings or typed out. Your deposition may take place in an attorney’s office or a neutral place such as a federal building meeting room.
How to Prepare For Your Deposition
You should meet with your New Orleans personal injury lawyer well before the deposition for coaching in how to act and answer. You should dress appropriately for court; no T-shirts or shorts, club wear, dirty/torn clothing or hats. How you appear while being questioned may be shown to the jury later as evidence. Be mindful that your mannerisms, posture and how you conduct yourself during questioning can reveal a lot about your testimony.
Your New Orleans personal injury attorney can give you good sample questions commonly asked at depositions they’ve previously been through for cases similar to yours. While giving answers, your lawyer should be watching for some key points such as:
Your New Orleans personal injury lawyer should be familiar with some of the trick questions defense attorneys ask to try to get damaging statements out of witnesses. These questions are often misleading or confusing and you should remember you always have the right to ask for clarification before answering.
Some typical trick questions you may get at your deposition include:
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