What is a Deposition? St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer
At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., we will explain what you need to know about your St. Louis deposition.
When any individual files for a car accident claim, the court proceedings may include a deposition phase. Many people get nervous and uncomfortable with the prospect of being subjected to a deposition. It is mandatory for a plaintiff (the claimant) to undergo a deposition and hence it is essential to understand what a deposition is, and to be well prepared for it. At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., we will explain all the key details about a deposition so that you can be well prepared.
As one of the preeminent firms helping victims of St. Louis car crashes, we understand how to build strong cases. When you hire our firm, you can be confident that everything will be done to protect your rights and recover the compensation you need.
What is a Deposition?
A deposition is a question and answer session that is conducted by the opposite side’s attorney during the court proceedings. A deposition is necessary as the court, as well the representatives of the defense, will want to hear the account of the claimant, as well as information that the claimant has about the accident.
This session of questions and answers is usually video recorded, as well as documented in print by a court reporter or a stenographer. The car accident attorney representing the plaintiff is always present to guide the plaintiff and protect his client from answering any questions that are self-incriminating or that will harm the case.
What Can You Expect at a Deposition?
A deposition includes cross questioning conducted by the defense attorney, who will ask the plaintiff questions that may cover the following areas:
- General background information like the plaintiffs name, address, date of birth, educational qualification, employment history, etc.
- Medical history and information regarding physical and mental health, any previous injuries, current injuries, etc.
- Information about the accident itself. They will delve into what the plaintiff was doing on the day of the accident, what the plaintiff did just before and just after the accident, the time and place of accident, who were the persons the plaintiff contacted after the accident, etc.
- Information about the medical treatments – long term as well as immediate – that the plaintiff is undergoing for injuries sustained during the accident and the prognosis of treatments.
- Information about how the injury has affected the normal life of the plaintiff, social relationships, personal and professional life, ability to work, etc, to determine how much the injury has affected the plaintiffs normal life.
A deposition is an important part of a claims hearing. An individual undergoing a deposition should keep the following things in mind:
- A deposition is not a conversation – Claimants should keep in mind that depositions are a question and answer session only. They should not engage in conversations and have the right to clarify with their attorney before answering.
- Do not elaborate – while answering questions, plaintiffs should resort to answering in one sentences only.
- Make a good impression – If the deposition is videotaped, it will be used for later referencing. Therefore, it is essential to make a good impression and ensuring that the claimant appears well groomed.
- Be honest – Being dishonest, or exaggerating can harm the case.
- Request for a break – Depositions can be stressful. It is important that the claimant takes a break if he / she feels like, to avoid confusion and stress.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
Our firm has over 15 years of experience handling St. Louis car accident cases. We understand exactly how the process works and are here to help you not only understand it, but to also guide you through it. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident and face a possible deposition, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. today at (314) 361-4242 or fill out our online contact form.