The lengthiest step in every car accident lawsuit is the discovery stage. During this step of the lawsuit, the plaintiff and the defendant will exchange information with one another so each side can gather as much information as possible about the claim. One way that attorneys get the information they need during discovery is by conducting a deposition. If you are asked to sit for a deposition, it’s important to know what to expect so you are prepared. Here’s what Denver auto accident attorney Mark A. Simon thinks you should know:
What is a Deposition?
During a deposition, the defendant’s attorney will ask you a series of questions related to the accident. Depositions are recorded so the evidence can be used in court if necessary. As a requirement, you will be under oath, which means you are expected to be completely honest when answering these questions.
What Questions Will You Be Asked During a Deposition?
Depositions usually go on for hours, so be prepared to answer dozens of questions. The questions that you are asked will vary depending on the specifics of your case. In the beginning, the defendant’s attorney may start by asking you for general background information such as your age, education, family, and work history. Then, you will be asked a number of detailed questions about the events leading up to the accident. For example, the defendant’s attorney may ask you to describe the weather and traffic conditions on the day the accident occurred. He may also ask that you go into detail about exactly what happened, including which direction the cars were traveling in, how fast they were going, and where they collided. See more typical deposition questions in a car accident case
After discussing the accident, the defendant’s attorney will most likely begin asking about your injuries. He may pick apart your medical record and ask about pre-existing injuries, the treatment you received after the accident, and your choice in health care providers. The attorney will also want to know how the injuries have affected your personal and professional life, so be prepared to answer this question.
It can be intimidating to be interrogated by a legal professional, but as long as you are answering these questions honestly, there’s nothing to fear. Also, it’s important to remember that there’s nothing wrong with admitting that you don’t know the answer to a question. If you aren’t sure of an answer to a question, it’s best to say this aloud instead of making up an answer, which will be recorded and possibly used against you later.
If you have been injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to seek legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney. Mark A. Simon will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation that you deserve. If you are asked to sit for a deposition, he will ensure that you are prepared before questioning begins. Call us at 303-321-4878
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