What is a Deposition in Baton Rouge and Metairie LA?
Part of the evidence in your Louisiana personal injury lawsuit comes from a deposition – sworn testimony taken from a witness. Both sides of your lawsuit are susceptible to giving a deposition, as are any witnesses and other parties involved in the case.
What is the purpose of a deposition?
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 the witnesses for each side. These statements become evidence in your case and are obtained through a question-and-answer session by the attorneys.
Who is involved in a deposition?
The person being questioned or “deposed” is called the deponent. As the deponent and plaintiff in your Louisiana personal injury lawsuit, you have the right to have your New Orleans personal injury attorney present at your deposition. The defense lawyer is also present, and typically the party you are bringing the lawsuit against as well.
A court reporter will usually be present for the recording of the deposition. This can be done either by video, audio, or transcribed with a special machine. All statements giving during the deposition are sworn statements, and can be used as evidence in trial or in support of motions filed in your case.
Help from a New Orleans Personal Injury Attorney
For help in preparing for your deposition and coaching on how to respond to the trick questions and tactics used by the defense, you need the help of a professional New Orleans personal injury attorney.
The team at the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara will represent you from the start, preparing you for your deposition and all the way through your Louisiana personal injury lawsuit. For more information on personal injury lawsuits, visit our website or contact us to schedule your FREE legal consultation today – (866) 248-0580.