Written by attorney Maureen Raiche Manning

15 Tips for Giving a Great Deposition | Personal Injury Claims Explained

In your personal injury case, you might be required to participate in a deposition, and your Manchester personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC will work with you so that you are prepared. Both prior to and during the inquiry, it is important for you to remember that how you answer the questions asked of you will affect how your case will be ultimately valued. The other lawyer will be trying to see how likable a jury will find you and discover any holes in your case they can attack. The following will help you prepare.

Before the Deposition There are several things that you should do prior to your deposition date. If you were sent interrogatories, you should read through your responses. It is important for you to take time to think about all of the ways your injuries have impacted your life. Additionally, you should review the list of medical professionals you saw for your injuries in chronological order, so that your testimony will be very clear. Prior to your deposition, you should discuss how your loss of income has affected you, including the amounts you have lost. Lastly, you should give some thoughts about how your injuries have impacted your life, both at work and at home. It may be a good idea for you to draw out a diagram of the accident scene as well, but you should review this with your attorney.

During the Deposition You should dress professionally for the deposition. Answer truthfully and get straight to the point. Do not get angry and remain calm. Never exaggerate or minimize your injuries. Just say you don’t remember if you don’t. Never interrupt, and if the attorney makes assumptions that are wrong, correct them. Similarly, listen for incorrect paraphrasing of your answers and correct those. Never guess about speed, distances, and lighting. If asked, let the insurance lawyer know about any pre-existing injuries.

Depositions can seem like a frightening prospect. With careful preparation, you can be ready and make the experience a smoother one. To speak with a Manchester personal injury lawyer, call the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC at (603) 624-7200.

Here are the 15 tips for giving a great deposition:

  1. Re-read your answers before your deposition.
  2. Think carefully about your injuries and their effect on your life.
  3. Prepare a list of all healthcare professionals you have seen.
  4. Speak with your attorney about your loss of income.
  5. Draw a diagram of your accident scene.
  6. Dress and act like you are being interviewed.
  7. Answer each question truthfully.
  8. Stay calm.
  9. Neither understate nor exaggerate your injuries.
  10. If you do not remember, say so.
  11. Never interrupt the defense attorney.
  12. Correct assumptions before answering questions.
  13. If your answer is paraphrased inaccurately, say so.
  14. Never guess.
  15. Be candid when asked about prior injuries.

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