You may have been involved in an accident, and you’re wondering what’s next. The good news is that there are steps you can take to protect yourself from the time your case goes to trial. The bad news is that this process can be difficult and stressful. Fortunately, there are some things you can do before and during a deposition so that you feel more confident about your case as it moves forward toward trial.
Remember you are a victim
The first thing to remember is that you are a victim. You have rights, and your injury attorney in Fort Erie will make sure that they are protected throughout the deposition process. Your car accident attorney should have told you about his or her client’s rights before beginning any depo with you.
Investigation conducted by attorney
To put together your case, your attorney will have to conduct an investigation. However, the investigation can be done by attorneys, insurance companies and private investigators. The purpose of the investigation is to gather evidence on behalf of the client that can be used in court to build a case against the defendant.
Going through physical evaluation
Your attorney may have you undergo a physical evaluation. This can include an MRI, CT scan and perhaps x-rays.
It’s normal to be nervous when it comes time for your deposition; however, if you have any concerns about being able to answer certain questions or ask questions in return, discuss them with your attorney before the deposition begins.
Providing testimony from experts and witnesses
You may need to provide testimony from experts and witnesses. Expert witnesses are people who have knowledge or experience in a particular field, such as an attorney, doctor, or accountant. Expert witness testimony is used to help the jury understand complex issues like this one.
Experts can be called on either side of a case (the plaintiff’s side or defendant’s side) depending on what they know about it and how that knowledge can benefit their client’s case. An expert witness will charge for their time and expertise but does not get paid unless you win your case through his/her testimony at trial (there are no fees until after judgment).
Deposition is the last option when defendant choose not to settle
Deposition is a type of testimony in which you give your version of events to a judge or other neutral party, who then asks questions of you and/or other witnesses. Deposition often occurs when the defendant chooses not to settle with you outside of court. Here are some reasons why deposition may be used:
● To gather evidence for use in trial
● To get information from witnesses (e.g., police officers)
● To get information from experts (e.g., doctors)
Awareness about next steps can reduce stress
The car accident deposition process can be stressful, but knowing what’s going to happen next in your case will help you prepare. Knowing how long it will take for you to get into court and how long you have for questions from the other side may help reduce some of that stress.
In addition, understanding what happens at a deposition helps prepare for any questions that may come up during cross-examination or as part of settlement negotiations with insurance companies or defendants in other cases.
Preparing for a deposition is an important part of your case. It will help you to understand the process and how it works. You will also be able to better prepare yourself and your attorney for the day of your deposition.