If you are injured in an accident, a deposition generally takes place in order to gather information about the case. First, it is important to be aware that depositions are usually hearsay and the information can be inadmissible if a trial takes place. The way a deposition works is that a lawyer will ask the deponent (injured victim) questions and you will answer. It is recorded as your testimony as part of a 'discovery' process following an accident. Ten questions that you can expect to be asked in your deposition are:
- What injuries or illnesses have you suffered throughout your life?
- Have you been in injury lawsuits in the past?
- Are there witnesses to the accident?
- Have you filed an insurance claim?
- What are your injuries?
- How has the injuries suffered affected various aspects of your life?
- What have your treatments been?
- When did you have your last treatment?
- What is your job history?
- Do you have a criminal record?
Most of the questions asked will be about the details related to the accident and the details of your injuries. The reason for the questions regarding your job history or the aspects of your life that have been affected is to get an idea of the damages you will be trying to recover. After an accident, you can fight for compensation for your injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. The deposition is just used to gather evidence and to have a recorded testimony of the accident from your perspective.
It is essential that you prepare for your deposition with the help of an attorney so that you do not hurt your case. By reviewing the accident and knowing the facts and answers to the commonly asked questions, the deposition can be quick and easy. You can also have an attorney with you during the deposition for assistance. Contact us at Jones & Swanson if you have questions regarding your injury deposition or if you need legal representation after an accident.