The defense attorney will be measuring you as a witness at the deposition. Work with a Kansas City accident lawyer to make a good first impression.
Your Kansas City Accident Lawyer Will Remind You to Reveal Who Knows About Your Case
- At your deposition, the defense attorney may want to know if you provided someone with any written or verbal statements about this incident. Your lawyer will tell you that this is an anticipated deposition question, so you can safely tell him who took or recorded your statement;
- You should also expect the defense attorney to ask you whether you have discussed your case with anyone else. This doesn’t mean that you are suspected wrongdoing, so you should answer truthfully and reveal the individuals who discussed the case with you, which may include family, friends, co-workers and even your lawyer; and
Deponents are usually asked to create a diagram of the site of the collision
or incident, so you should make one well before the deposition and submit
it your Kansas City accident attorney for inspection. More importantly,
you must go on the record and state that
- Your diagram is based on the best of your memory; and
- You lack expertise on details, distances or measurements.
What You Should Expect From Your Lawyer at the Deposition
Your attorney should make clear that he won’t help you answer questions if it doesn’t concern facts about the litigation. In some circumstances, he may intervene to help you, but this will be rare. But you shouldn’t be concerned since you are only expected to answer the question to the best of your ability. If you are uncertain about details such as the dates and times, simply provide the defense attorney with what you do know.
Your attorney will probably choose not to ask you any questions since it isn’t his deposition, and any of his questions will likely hurt rather than help your case. He may chime in to clarify your answers if he deems it to be vague, but otherwise he will not get involved in the questioning.
If you were involved in an accident, you should consult with a personal injury attorney about obtaining compensation for your injuries. For a free initial consultation with a proven Kansas City accident lawyer today, call the Law Offices of Stephen K. Nordyke at 1 (816) 842-6555.