Giving a deposition can be an intimidating prospect, but an Orange Park accidents attorney can prepare you thoroughly for the experience. The following are a few very basic tips that will assist you when providing your testimony:
• Answer the actual question and then stop talking. Do not volunteer information! By continuing to provide information beyond what was asked you may inadvertently say something that is harmful to your case. Remember to keep it short when providing responses in a deposition.
• Answer the question that was asked. Some lawyers will ask you two questions as though they were one question, so that you will answer “incorrectly” if you respond only to the last portion. Or another example is that a lawyer may state something that is incorrect as though it were a true statement, and then follow up with a question. Be sure that you fully answer the actual question that was asked.
• Stop and think before you answer. Your Orange Park accidents attorney will advise you to listen to the question and before answering, stop and think about what you are going to say. Make sure that you fully understand the question before giving your response. If you do not understand the question, ask the lawyer to clarify. There is no need to rush your answer. Then think about what the answer is to that actual question and respond by speaking directly to the camera in a confident manner.
Remembering these tips will put you well on your way to giving an effective video deposition. However, keep in mind that this is not an all-inclusive list. If you have further questions about video depositions or have a personal injury claim you’d like to pursue, Orange Park accidents attorney John Fagan can answer your questions. Call (904) 215-5555 to schedule a consultation.