A deposition is merely one step in the "discovery" process of any lawsuit. Your deposition is a time for the defendants to discover what you know about the case and how your children and you and your spouse have been affected by the alleged malpractice.
I assume that you have an attorney. I suggest you speak with your attorney as soon as possible and ask him or her to review with you the various stages of your lawsuit and what you should be expecting in the future. I am sure your attorney will also wish to work extensively with you to prepare you for your deposition in May. Call your attorney.
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No. A deposition is part of the Discovery process. The defendants in your case are entitled to ask you questions about the claim, your pregnancy, the medical treatment of your twins, and how they are doing now, as well as numerous other questions. You should really speak with your attorney in depth before you appear for your deposition to prepare you and so that you know what to expect. After your deposition, your attorney will get to question the defendants at a deposition as well. Call your attorney, who should know your case better than anyone.
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Your case is far from over. Your deposition will be the first of several. It is not unusual to take depositions of all several doctors, nurses and technicians after the parent's deposition. Cerebral palsy cases are very time consuming. Typically these cases can take up to five years to bring to a conclusion. I am very concerned that you are even asking this question. You need to communicate with your lawyer.
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No. A deposition is just part of the process of getting a case ready for trial. It sounds like you need to have a sit down with your lawyer to get more educated on the process so you know more of what to expect. The attorney should also make sure that you are fully prepared if they are taking your deposition.
No. It is part of the discovery process. Discuss the matter with your lawyer.
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No a deposition is part of the discovery phase of the case. There will be medical exams of the children. Speak with your personal injury/ medical malpractice lawyer to go over the preliminary conference order. That way you will know the schedule of what is going to happen.
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The depositions are a sign that you are about midway through the litigation of your children's malpractice case. There will be depositions of the physicians nurses and perhaps hospital employees after your deposition. There will be further discovery after the depositions. The defendants will have your children examined. Your lawyers may want a day in the life film done of your children so that a future jury can see what your children and you go through everyday. Call your lawyers. Go sit down with them and have them explain the remaining course the case should take. Keep an open line of communication with your lawyers and ask questions. You are entitled to ask and get answers. Good luck I hope that you are truly successful for your children.