Tips to Help You Testify in Your Personal Injury Case

Tips to Help You Testify in Your Personal Injury Case No one wants to be in a position where they must testify in a personal injury case but if you’ve been injured then it might be necessary. Your best bet is to get a free consultation with Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas and let us handle your case. Will provide you with the pertinent details needed to testify. These tips are general and can help but the information we’ll give you will pertain specifically to your case.

Understanding what a deposition is

Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas can help you every step of the way but there’s one thing we’re not able to do for you: Testify. However, we can provide the information you need to testify toward the best possible resolution. First of all, it’s important to know what a deposition is: It’s an interview by the opposing attorney. You will be under oath during the deposition.

The attorney will ask you questions about your accident and your injuries. Their goal is to determine the best way to move forward in their defense against you. For this reason, it’s important that you do well during the deposition. The entirety of your case could rest on your answers.

Take a moment to think before you answer

Remember that the opposing attorney is trying to trip you up. It’s up to you not to fall for it. Every time they ask a question, take a moment, take a breath, and process the question before you answer it. This isn’t a timed interview and there’s benefit to answering correctly. If the question is unclear, ask for clarification.

Be honest

Your deposition will be the first chance you have to tell your side of the story under the oath. Be honest, stick to the truth, and avoid the urge to exaggerate any details. We’ve seen it again and again: lies and / or embellishments almost always come out at trial. Don’t risk a negative outcome for your case just to embellish details. Stick to the facts and tell the truth.

Revise your answers if you need

In a perfect world, every answer you gave would be 100% accurate. However, sometimes nerves can get in the way. If you say something that’s not accurate, or if you misspeak when answering a question, don’t hesitate to correct yourself. You’ll be much better off correcting yourself during the deposition rather than being forced to do so when you’re on the witness stand.

Get plenty of rest the night before

No matter how much you prepare for your deposition, if you haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep the night before, you won’t be at your best. Make sure to eat a good, healthy meal and turn in early the night before.

Of course, Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas will be there by your side. No matter what type of personal injury case you’re dealing with, we can use our decades of experience to ensure you have the best possible representation.

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