What to Expect in a Deposition for a Kentucky Auto Accident Injury Case?
If you are involved in a car accident, you may pursue a claim against the at-fault party in order to recover compensation for your losses, such as the value of your medical bills and lost wages. While many car accident injury cases will settle without going to court, in many cases, filing a lawsuit may be a necessary part of the recovery process. If you end up filing a civil action with the court in Kentucky, a deposition will almost certainly be a part of the discovery process. The following consider what you can expect during a deposition in Kentucky for an auto accident injury case—
What Is a Deposition?
A deposition may sound formal and intimidating, but a deposition is basically a question-and-answer session with you and an attorney. Typically, the defendant’s attorney will want to schedule a deposition with you, the plaintiff. The point of a deposition is for the defense to learn more about your case. Your attorney will also have the opportunity to depose any witnesses related to your crash, as well as the defendant, too.
What Will Happen During a Deposition?
It is important to remember that a deposition is a legal proceeding. As such, here are a few things to know:
● You are giving testimony under oath, which means that you have a moral and legal obligation to tell the truth;
● The questions asked, and your answers, will be recorded by a court recorder;
● You must confirm or deny answers vocally – shaking your head yes or not is not an appropriate response; and
● You are obligated to answer all questions, but you can answer by saying that you don’t know if such is the case.
During your deposition, you will be asked a lot of questions about your accident and what has happened since then. You may very well be asked for details about how the auto accident occurred, such as how fast you were traveling at the time of crash. Again, if you do not remember, you can tell the attorney this.
You will also be asked about your injuries and your recovery. This is your opportunity to give your side of the story and explain what you are going through.
How to Prepare for a Deposition
It is very important that you thoroughly prepare for your deposition, as your answers during your deposition could have a huge effect on your case and whether or not you are awarded damages. If you do not already have an attorney, you should hire one as soon as possible to represent you during your case and help you to prepare for being deposed.
To prepare for your deposition, practice question and answer sessions with your attorney. You should:
● Only provide the answer to the question that you are asked; you are under no obligation to provide more than this, and should focus on giving the defense as as few details as possible. This is to protect you from missing a detail or repeating a detail incorrectly during trial, which could harm your credibility.
● Practice staying calm. A defense attorney may try to get your rattled up or emotional, as this may lead you to say something that hurts your case, or make you look bad. While you may be asked a number of personal and frustrating questions during your deposition, keeping your cool is essential. Practice calming yourself when questions get tough.
You should also make sure that you are prepared for any curveballs that the defense attorney may hurl your way. If you are working with an experienced attorney, your attorney will be able to prepare your for any potential questions the defense may ask.
Contact Our Law Offices Today
At the Ron Aslam Law Office, our auto accident attorney has the reputation and skill set that you are looking for. We know that depositions can be intimidating, but are confident in our ability to adequately prepare you, and advocate for you throughout the entire personal injury claims process. To schedule a free consultation, call our law offices today or use our online form to write us a message.