Depositions are a crucial part of the pre-trial discovery process, as they involve all parties involved in the lawsuit (i.e., all witnesses, the plaintiff and the defendant) making statements under oath regarding the case. Because the things you say and your behaviors during a deposition can hurt you as much (if not more) than they may be able to help you, it’s essential that you work with your experienced personal injury attorney to prepare for your deposition. As a follow up to Part 1 of What You Need to Know before a Deposition, here are some additional things to keep in mind as you work with your lawyer and sit for a deposition.
- Making false statements can be incredibly damaging to your case in trial (or settlement talks) – If you lie in your deposition, the opposing side’s lawyer can use your false statements against you in trial. This can significantly damage your credibility and may even cause you to lose the case (if the lie is significant enough).
- Your attorney will make objections when he feels that one party has gone too far – While you may still respond to a question even after your lawyer objects to it, you may want to discuss with your lawyer ahead of time which questions are better for you to not respond to. This can help you avoid making statements that may help the defendant in the case.
- Dress and act professionally – While you do not have to wear a suit to a deposition, dressing nice and conservative and acting professionally can work greatly to your benefit. For example, in addition to helping you appear competent, assured and credible, this demeanor and dress will also show that you take these proceedings seriously. Additionally, because depositions are often visually recorded, this footage may be seen numerous times in the future trial, and you will want to be sure that you are always putting your best foot forward when it comes to making an impression on the judge and/or jury in your case.
If you think you have a personal injury claim or have recent been involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, contact the trusted Denver personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC by calling (303) 932-8666.