What To Expect From A Deposition
After your attorney has filed a lawsuit for your car accident injury case in the state of Georgia, it is necessary to give a deposition.
When a lawsuit is filed on your claim, a six month discovery period begins. During this time both your lawyer and the defense attorney make requests for information. These requests are called interrogatories. Interrogatories require both answers to written questions and the production of relevant documentation such as medical records. Both your attorney and the defense attorney will use the information obtained to help determine what they will ask in depositions.
In a deposition, you are giving a sworn statement under oath, just like you would in a courtroom. You will give your deposition in front of a court reporter and an official transcript will be made of your testimony.
The defense attorney is allowed to ask you about the facts of the accident. He or she can ask you:
- what you were doing before the collision occurred
- where you were going
- details about your injuries and the medical treatment you underwent to treat those injuries
- previous medical conditions
- previous injuries to the parts of your body injured in the crash
Of course, your attorney will depose the other driver as well. Your medical providers could also be called upon to give a deposition. Depositions tell the story that will come out later at your trial. That is why it is so important that you answer the questions asked of you honestly, in a straightforward manner. Your lawyer is there to protect you and will be there to prevent the defense attorney from berating or accusing you or from asking an improper question.
A good personal injury attorney will spend time with you before your deposition to prepare you for the process. Your lawyer will go over the kinds of questions that will be asked and help you prepare truthful, thoughtful answers to these questions. Yes, it can be intimidating to make a statement under oath in front of a court reporter; however, a deposition is your chance to tell the story of your car accident in your words. Nobody can describe the pain of your injuries and treatment better than you can.