If your case proceeds to litigation, your Dallas personal injury attorney will want to meet with you to discuss your deposition testimony. Here is some more advice about how to give effective testimony at your deposition.
Make sure you answer only the question being asked. Don’t elaborate with details you weren’t asked to give. You may feel inclined to exaggerate certain details of your case, such as the extent of the injuries you sustained. If you do so, however, it may be held against you. It is essential that you are completely truthful about the facts of the case.
There may be times during your testimony when you are not sure what the exact facts are. You will probably be questioned about measurements, weather conditions, time, etc. Do not guess in your answers. To do so may damage your case. Rather, answer honestly by saying something to this effect: “I don’t know the exact time I was driving home, but it was late.”
The defense attorney may repeat your questions back to you, but with slight changes. The point is to catch inaccuracies in your testimony. It is important to listen carefully to how the answer is repeated, and you need to indicate if it is not in accordance with your answer. Defense may also ask questions that, in themselves, contain a supposition that may not be accurate. You should diplomatically point out any such inaccuracy in your answer.
In short, your deposition can make or break your case. The representation you have is just as essential. If you have been injured and believe you have a claim, talk to Dallas personal injury attorney Dean Malone today.
- Guest Contributor