Your deposition will likely not be the only one taken in your personal injury case. Your Belton injury attorney will probably depose defense witnesses such as the person who caused your injuries or other eyewitnesses to the incident. Defense attorneys have a tendency to use certain tactics in these depositions to prevent anything too damaging from coming out.
“If You Know”
One such tactic is when a defense attorney interjects to every important question asked by your Belton injury attorney. The defense attorney might instruct his or her witness to only answer the question “if you know” or “only if you understand the question.” This is a subtle way of hinting to the witness that they should claim they don’t know the answer to the question, thus forcing your attorney to find other ways to get the answer that they know the witness has.
If done frequently, this tactic becomes more of an annoyance than anything. Your Belton injury lawyer might respond by making his displeasure known: “Mr. Attorney, during this deposition, you have given that instruction to your client several times. This is not necessary as all my questions presume that the defendant will only answer if he or she knows. I said as much in my opening instructions. If you have a specific objection, you are welcome to object; otherwise, please refrain from coaching your witness.”
If the defense attorney persists, your attorney might threaten to apply for sanctions, though this is an extreme action.
If you have questions about your personal injury case, contact a dedicated Belton injury attorney. Call the Law Offices of Stephen K. Nordyke at (816) 842-6555.