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How to Prepare for a Deposition in Your Personal Injury Case

Thursday, August 11th, 2011
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Giving your deposition is one of the most crucial aspects of your case. While your Dallas personal injury lawyer will provide you with the preparation you need for your deposition, the following guideline should give you a better idea of what to expect, and how to prepare:

  • Be prepared. As simple as this sounds, probably the most important factor in giving a sound deposition is to prepare your answers and read any documents your lawyer advises ahead of time.
  • Dress in business attire.
  • Be diplomatic as you give your testimony. Don’t argue with the defense attorney, even if he goads you.
  • Listen carefully to each question. Don’t anticipate the question before it is completed. Not only will interrupting with an answer be impolite, but it may diminish your credibility.
  • Only answer what is asked. Don’t provide more information than what the question asks.
  • Be careful to avoid falling for defense attorney tricks. You might be misled into saying or agreeing to something you did not intend.
  • Make eye contact with the defense attorney. This gives you an air of assurance, and suggests you are being honest.
  • Be truthful in your answers. This is very important, even if you believe your honesty will damage your case. If you are caught in a lie, your case may very well be destroyed anyway.
  • Speak clearly. Depositions require clear, spoken answers.

In many ways your deposition will be the backbone of your personal injury case. It is very important to be prepared, and also to have good counsel. For a free evaluation of your case, call Dallas personal injury lawyer Dean Malone today at (214) 670-9989.

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