If you are injured in a car accident in Missouri, you might become involved in a personal injury lawsuit. If that should happen, there will be a phase to the process called the “discovery” phase.
This is the time when each party will try to gather as much evidence as possible to prove their case. The evidence that is collected during the discovery phase will be used to present at trial.
What Is the Plaintiff’s Deposition?
The plaintiff is the party that is initiating the lawsuit against a defendant. The plaintiff’s deposition is a time when counsel will question the plaintiff about the facts related to the case, and to try to prove that the plaintiff either isn’t telling the truth or that events didn’t happen the way that the plaintiff claims.
The deposition is a time when the plaintiff is under oath, and, therefore, required to tell the truth under fear of perjury.
The car accident deposition is a very critical part of a personal injury lawsuit where one wrong statement or contradicting phrase can ruin an entire case. It is therefore essential that the plaintiff know precisely what they should and should not say and stick to the facts.
Here Are Four Things You Should Know Before Your Deposition
1 – State Just the Facts and No More
During the deposition, you will want to minimize what you say. State the facts and nothing more. Keeping what you say limited will make it less likely that you will say something to jeopardize yourself.
2 – Be Ready and Prepared
Before going to your deposition, you will want to reread all the statements that you have made in the police report and when talking with anyone else regarding the accident. Since it is possible for memories to fade or things to be forgotten, make sure to go over what you said, so you don’t make accidentally any contradictory statements.
3 – Beware of Tricks
The deposition is a time when the defendant’s attorney will try to poke holes in your telling of events. They do so by trying to give a different narrative than what you claim. Make sure not to be led into saying anything that isn’t true. Just because the attorney continues to say one thing, that doesn’t make it true. Stick to what you know and say nothing more.
4 – Know That the Defendant’s Attorney Has Done Their Research
It is very possible that the defendant’s attorney may possess things that you might not know about, like any statements that you posted to social media or said to someone. Try to maintain your composure and be ready to think on your feet.
You might not be ready for surprises, but if you simply stick to your story and the facts, then it is possible to avoid being tripped up while being questioned.
The deposition is the phase of a trial where the defendant’s attorney will attempt to get you to say things that will contradict your own words. To make sure you don’t say anything to jeopardize your case, go over the deposition details thoroughly before the deposition happens with your St. Louis car accident lawyer.
If you have been injured in a St. Louis, MO car accident get in touch with an experienced attorney at The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. 24/7 for free legal advice. Call (314) 361-4242.