If you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit, you will likely have to participate in a deposition. Being questioned by the opposing attorney in a deposition may cause some anxiety and nervousness if you don’t know what to expect. The following is general information about depositions and why personal injury claimants often have to participate in them. As always, if you have questions about your injury, your case or your deposition you should contact an attorney directly. Each case is different and this information is not legal advice.
What is a Deposition?
A deposition is a session of questions and answers with the opposing side’s attorney. You will be asked questions by that attorney, but your attorney will be there as well. There will also be a court reporter who will take down everything that is said so that it is on record. Sometimes depositions are videotaped, but it isn’t always the case.
Why Do You Have to Do a Deposition?
When a personal injury case is filed, both sides have a right to find out what information and evidence the opposing side has in order to prepare for trial (if the case doesn’t settle). The other side is entitled to hear and see all the information you have about the event that caused your injuries and your medical records that pertain to the injuries. They are also entitled to hear your recollection and impressions of the event.
What Types of Questions Are Asked in a Deposition?
For a personal injury case, you will likely be asked background questions and questions that pertain to the event and your injuries. Background questions could include things such as your address, occupation and past history, if any, with legal claims. Questions about the event and your injuries could include things such as what led to you injury, describing the details of your injury and what limitations you now face as a result of the injury.
This are just general questions that could be asked. No two cases are exactly alike so each deposition will vary.
Remember that your attorney will be there beside you, looking out for your case’s best interest, and he or she will support you and guide you through the process.
If you believe that you have a personal injury case, the personal injury attorneys at The Pisanchyn Law Firmcan help you. We have experienced litigators to get you through every part of your legal case, including depositions. Call 1-800-444-5309 for your free consultation now. We have offices in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton and will travel to you.