If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may have piles of medical bills and are missing a great deal of time from work. While some accidents are fairly easy to settle, others can be more difficult. If you sustained serious injuries in the accident, you may seek compensation by filing a lawsuit. At some point during the process of filing a personal injury claim, you may be required to give a deposition. Below is an overview of this process and how it can affect the outcome of your case.
What Is a Deposition?
When a lawsuit is filed, the lawyers from both sides have a right to conduct a formal investigation to determine the facts of the case. In a deposition, the opposing lawyer will ask you questions about the accident and your injuries. Most depositions are not done inside the courtroom, but in the lawyer’s office.
Are Depositions Taken Under Oath?
During a deposition, you must answer the lawyer’s questions honestly and be truthful. For this reason, depositions are taken under oath and in front of a few witnesses. There may be a court reporter New York trusts present to record everything you say during the deposition process.
Why Is a Deposition Necessary?
A deposition gives both lawyers a chance to learn what information you and the at-fault party have regarding the accident. This helps them devise a strategy for their case when it goes to trial.
What Kinds of Questions Will You Be Asked?
Since you are the plaintiff, the defense lawyer may ask you questions such as your:
- Work History
- Medical History
- Educational Background
- How the Accident Happened
- What Are Your Injuries
- Were Any Witnesses to The Accident
- Did You Speak to the Witnesses
- Did You See a Doctor
- Were You Treated
- How Extensive Were Your Injuries
- Have You Been Able to Return to Work
- Will You Need Ongoing Treatment
- How Has the Injury Changed Your Life
Will Your Lawyer Be There?
If you are represented by a lawyer, he or she will be there with you at the time of the deposition. However, your lawyer is only there to be sure the opposing lawyer does not ask you legally improper questions. While you are giving your deposition, you will not be able to ask your lawyer questions or confer with them before answering a question. Your lawyer will prepare you before the date of your deposition and let you know the questions you may be asked. The important thing is to be honest and tell the truth about how the accident happened and how your injuries have negatively impacted your life and your ability to make money.
Giving a deposition can be a stressful experience, but your lawyer will be sure you are prepared before the big day. This is an important part of the legal process that is often required in motorcycle accident cases.
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